August 11, 2010 – 6:49 pm


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Artifacts I [Big Music Co. 1993, 5CD]

Outtakes and other rarities. Very good soundboard.

Artifacts I and II are each five-CD box sets which predated the official “Anthology” releases and, of course, some of these tracks were later released officially. As for the other tracks in these sets, some songs may have appeared on “Anthology 1″, “Anthology 2″, “Anthology 3″ and “Live at The BBC”, but NOT these specific takes, mixes or edits. In its original form, Artifacts I presented a very poor sounding source for the eight-minute version of  “It’s All Too Much”, but I have inserted a full-fidelity source taken from the original Japanese pressing of “Secret Songs in Pepperland”. - Philip Cohen

Music critic Bruce Eder wrote in the All Music Guide: “One strongly suspects that the existence of this five-CD box, in tandem with a handful of other packages of this type, was largely responsible for getting Paul McCartney (and others) to take a serious look at what was in EMI’s vaults, resulting in the release of the Beatles’ Anthology series.

“In 1993, however, this was the only game in town: 124 choice outtakes, live concert tracks, demos, overdub sessions, and rehearsals covering the group’s known recordings from 1958 through 1970 - it’s essentially a best-of the Beatles’ unauthorized output, from what were then the best-known sources of every track represented.

The motto of “Big Music,” whoever they were, was “Ain’t No Limits,” and they proved it on most of this set, which generally showed excellent selections and superb tape research, a true rarity for bootleg releases, especially on this scale - up to this time, the usual assumption by almost any producer had been that, with a box like this, people would accept quantity in lieu of quality, but on Artifacts there was no compromise of that type.”

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 256 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track notes from

CD 5 - Get Back To Abbey Road 1969-1970:
Track 501. Another Day - Studio Dialogue (Rehearsal; Jan 9, 1969) (7.9MB)
Track 502. Suicide - Studio Dialogue (Rehearsal; Jan 26, 1969) (2.6MB)
Track 503. Act Naturally - Two Of Us - Studio Dialogue (Rehearsal; Jan 22, 1969) (4.7MB)
Track 504. Piano Theme - Strawberry Fields Forever - Studio Dialogue (Rehearsal; Jan 27, 1969) (2.9MB)
Track 505. Madman A Comin’ (Mean Mr. Mustard) - Studio Dialogue (Rehearsal; Jan 14, 1969) (1.6MB)
Track 506. Watching Rainbows - Studio Dialogue (Rehearsal; Jan 14, 1969) (8.3MB)
Track 507. Commonwealth - Studio Dialogue (Rehearsal; Jan 9, 1969) (7.4MB)
Track 508. Get Back - Studio Dialogue (Rehearsal; Jan 27, 1969) (4.2MB)
Track 509. Old Brown Shoe - Studio Dialogue (Rehearsal; Jan 28, 1969) (5.5MB)
Track 510. For You Blue - Studio Dialogue (Rehearsal; January 1969) (5.3MB)
Track 511. I Lost My Little Girl - Studio Dialogue (Rehearsal; Jan 24, 1969) (7.5MB)
Track 512. Maggie Mae - Fancy Me Chances - Studio Dialogue (Rehearsal; January 1969) (2.9MB)
Track 513. Dig It! (Second version; January 1969) (15.8MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 514. Get Back (Live; Jan 30, 1969) (6.8MB)
Track 515. Dig A Pony (Live; Jan 30, 1969) (7.0MB)
Track 516. Let It Be (Film Take 27b; Jan 31, 1969) (7.1MB)
517. Something (Take 1, Demo Version; Feb 25, 1969) (Omitted. Released on “Anthology 3″)
Track 518. Golden Slumbers - Carry That Weight (Take 13; July 2, 1969) (9.6MB)
Track 519. Her Majesty (Take 3; July 2, 1969) (900k)
Track 520. Oh! Darling (Take 26) (4.1MB)
Formerly listed as “EMI Take 16 (July 17, 1969) but this is from an overdub session, probably from April 26, 1969. Vocals only version. Excerpt (the whole take is on Hodge Podge vol. 2 - Black Dog Records).
521. Come And Get It (Take 1, Demo Version; July 2, 1969) (Omitted. Released on “Anthology 3″)
522. Because (Take 16, Vocals Only; Aug 1, 1969) (Omitted. Released on “Anthology 3″)
523. I Me Mine (Take 16; Jan 3, 1970) (Omitted. Released on “Anthology 3″)

Click here for Artifacts Disc 1 and 2.
Click here for Artifacts Disc 3 and 4.

Click on the link to order The Beatles‘ Anthology series.


  2. Philip Cohen - you are THE BEST!!

    By TDC on Aug 12, 2010

  3. Phil,
    Thanks so much for all 5 discs of this set. Once again, you (and the Big O) have provided us with many hours of great listening treasures.

    By Rick D on Aug 12, 2010

  4. Since I’m in Canada…..I’d like to nominate Phil for Prime Minister!!!!!!

    Will never be able to thank Phil C. and Big O enough for the hours upon hours of incredible treasures! Now this is what music collecting and appreciating is all about!

    By todd on Aug 12, 2010

  5. Thank you so much Phil this has made me so happy.

    By Happy Jap on Aug 13, 2010

  6. Hey, BigO!

    Honest, I think I already have all these Beatles rarities. A treat for fans, of course.
    I’ll try for the Humble Pie boot instead before it disappears.


    By Serge Zéni on Aug 13, 2010

  7. Thanks for this!

    By soldout in san francisco on Aug 14, 2010

  8. Thank you very much for your effort and generosity.

    ¡ Saludos ! from Madrid, Spain.

    By Jean on Aug 15, 2010

  9. Hey Phil - very cool of you to share these Box Sets. I was fortunate enough to find these box sets in the ’90’s at places like Aron’s Records in Hollywood which, sadly, is no longer there. But what an AMAZING TREAT - new Beatles music all of a sudden! I remember the joy I felt when I bought them ( at an OUCH price! ) And the upgrade of IT’S ALL TOO MUCH is a welcome one - so thanks AGAIN!!!!!!! I didn’t even care that a lot of the quality was iffy!

    By Daniel Kershner on Aug 15, 2010

  10. Thanks again our great Benefactors.

    By JALTHEIMPALER on Sep 3, 2010

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