October 31, 2011 – 4:37 am


Click on the panels for a better view or to download artwork.


Songs From The Past Vol 2 and 3 [Sidewalk Music, 2CD]

Outtakes; good to very good soundboard.

Recently, the Remastered Workshop group put out their revision of this five-CD set. Since the Remastered set cannot be shared lossy, here is the original set shared by collector Philip Cohen.

This is what Phil noted: “These were some of the earliest CDs of the Twickenham material. While I’m a huge Beatles fan, the Twickenham material is my least favorite Beatles material. Still, the sound quality is very good, and many Beatles fans will enjoy this stuff.”

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 (sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Vol 4 and 5 will be available for download over the coming week.

Vol 2
Track 201. A Shot Of Rythm And Blues (2.7MB)
Track 202. Baby I Don’t Care (2.0MB)
Track 203. Rock And Roll Music (2.7MB)
Track 204. Don’t Let Me Down (6.0MB)
Track 205. Devil In Her Heart (3.3MB)
Track 206. Jenny Jenny/Slippin’ & Slidin’ (3.6MB)
Track 207. That’ll Be The Day (2.7MB)
Track 208. High Heel Sneekers (4.7MB)
Track 209. Don’t Be Cruel/Tiny Bossanova (2.5MB)
Track 210. Can You Dig It? (13.0MB)
Track 211. Another Day (2.1MB)
Track 212. Hello Dolly (2.0MB)
Track 213. Please Mrs. Henry/I Threw It All Away (3.8MB)
Track 214. I Bbought A Picasso (1.8MB)
Track 215. Well Alright (3.1MB)
Track 216. Peace Of My Heart (843k)
Track 217. Frere Jac/It Ain’t Me Babe (1.3MB)
Track 218. Two Of Us/Hear Me Lord (3.6MB)
Track 219. Blues Machine (2.6MB)
Track 220. Tell Me What I’d Say/Shout (1.2MB)

Vol 3
Track 301. Tennessee (2.9MB)
Track 302. House Of The Rising Sun (4.2MB)
Track 303. Commonwealth Song (5.6MB)
Track 304. Get Off/White Power (10.2MB)
Track 305. Yakety Yak/Hi Ho Silver (3.0MB)
Track 306. For You Blue (3.0MB)
Track 307. Let It Be (3.9MB)
Track 308. Get Back (2.8MB)
Track 309. Don’t Let Me Down (5.1MB)
Track 310. Two Of Us (7.1MB)
Track 311. Don’t Let Me Down (5.9MB)
Track 312. Suzy Parker (2.7MB)
Track 313. I’ve Got A Feeling (6.0MB)
Track 314. No Pakistanis (5.6MB)
Track 315. A Long Road (1.5MB)
Track 316. Shakin’ In The Sixties (3.3MB)
Track 317. Across The Universe (5.0MB)
Track 318. Two Of Us (On Our Way Back Home) (2.9MB)

Click here to order The Beatles’ Anthology series.


  2. Very cool! I was hoping there would be at least a second volume of this material. I just recently went back into your “vaults” and pulled the “Artifacts” series you posted a while back.
    Thanks again!

    By Tom on Oct 31, 2011

  3. Tom,

    Actually, there’s five volumes. Stay tuned!

    By Philip Cohen on Oct 31, 2011

  4. Nice post Phillip. Can you answer why these Twick sessions A: have like an endless amount of songs? Just how many days did they spend recording there? B: What is the constant “beep” sound that happens all the time and why that was not removed from the tapes? Cheers!

    By T. Way on Oct 31, 2011

  5. These are direct to mono recordings made by a filming crew. They are not EMI recordings. The beep sounds may indicate the beginning of a filming “take” or film reel.

    By Philip Cohen on Oct 31, 2011

  6. You know, it brings to mind “The Black Album”, a triple lp set of Twickenham jams from way back, came with a poster and all. After having heard that a thousands times over the years it may explain why I’m jaded with this stuff.
    Still……….I eat up all the Beatles regardless.

    By Todd Meehan on Oct 31, 2011

  7. Listen to the “Well Alright” track. It sounds like George is throwing out ideas for a “SHOW”, possibly a concert they were getting ready to do? Must have been the “Rooftop” concert, eh? (Them boys shoulda oughta have listened to him more.)

    By Timmy on Oct 31, 2011

  8. no wonder the Beatles sold so may records if you nuts think this crap is gold.

    By jotten ronny on Nov 1, 2011

  9. As I recall the early sessions at Twickenham were simply to get warmed up, thus all the 50’s covers etc. And if you listen to John on the Artifacts series (mentioned in my previous post) he gives Paul hell at one point “it’s because of you that we’re here”. I for one eat this stuff up, even if it’s just of the occasional listen. It’s history!

    By Tom on Nov 1, 2011

  10. Philip, that is a tour de force …aye thank yew

    By Ritchie on Nov 3, 2011

  11. To T.Way

    The “Get Back” Sessions began on 2 January 1969 and concluded with the Rooftop Performance on 31 January.

    The sessions began at Twickenham, before moving to the Beatles own studio at Saville Road on January 22.

    To Timmy

    One major problem with these sessions was that there had been no clear plan formulated when the band got together. They recorded in a way that they had never tried before– not sure if they were even making an album… or planning to play live. In many ways, these wee planning sessions just as much as they were rehearsals.When they were at Twickenham, there was not yet any notion pod playing on the rooftop. In fact, one major concept given serious consideration was that they might perform on a Beatles Cruise. They ended up settling on the Rooftop more or less because all other options proved to be so logistically difficult and would have involved a great deal of time to pull off.

    ANOTHER THING that should be noted is that while these sessions are often considered to be disastrous, they were truly far from it. There was a rough start… but things pulled together incredibly well as the weeks progressed, especially after the band went to their own studio. Everyone was blown away by their recordings of GET BACK… and in the final days of these sessions, almost all of the songs that would later become ABBEY ROAD came into being.

    To Tom

    I’m with you. I eat this stuff up, too… and accept it and know it for what it is, perhaps something jotten ronny ought to consider.

    By UL on Nov 3, 2011

  12. no pakistanis!? What the heck!?

    By skyintheairwavs on Nov 4, 2011

  13. I’m with you. I eat this stuff up, too… and accept it and know it for what it is, perhaps something jotten ronny ought to consider.

    hey ul , you might consider minding your business. A polished turd is still a turd.

    By jotten ronny on Nov 4, 2011

  14. Comparing against my “Black Album” three-disk vinyl: Volume 3 here (tracks 301-314) does seem to correspond to the entirety, front/back, of disk one of that classic boot, and I’m guessing that other tracks from good sir Philip may be found there as well.

    Re “Pakistanis”: UK-savvy readers will likely confirm a bit of late-sixties postcolonial racial tension there, over immigrants coming to roos and seemingly taking away Brits’ jobs… much like, I gather, the anti-Latino tension that’s been roiling in the US. Perhaps our fave Fabs bought into this just a bit, or at least were playing up to it?

    So “No Pakistanis” is simply another “Get Back” take, with impromptu lyrics that… contain some anti-immigrant lines. Racist Beatles? Bloody unlikely; at Twick the boys were practicing, riffing, finding their way back home - and these were the first shambling steps there, literally not intended For The Record.

    Thanks tremendously, Philip and BigO… Cheers!

    A. Gene Childe
    MD / USA

    By Aging Child on Nov 7, 2011

  15. Lovely set, for it includes recordings from January 2nd 1969, which are not available on “Thirty Days” (with some very interesting early versions of “Don’t Let me down” and covers, plus Gimme Some Truth).
    Details about this bootleg are available at

    By Paul on Nov 20, 2011

  16. “Now That’s What I Call Music” !!!!!
    Many thanks and Best Fishes to Mr. Cohen and The Big O

    May all of us have a peaceful New Year

    By John McNea on Dec 22, 2011

  17. hi
    i am missing track number 5-8-9-10-14-15-19 on vol 2
    thanks a lot again

    By luc leblanc on Mar 26, 2018

Post a Comment