‘Don’t Forget The Apples When You Go Downtown’ [innerwreckdom-cd001, 1CD]
Unknown dates. Home recordings? Outtakes? in-studio chatter? Good to fairly to soundboard?
This fan-made compilation recently surfaced on the net. While it’s a quaint collectible for the fans, there is also a suspicion that some of it might be (unwittingly?) fake.
What do you think? Is it the real thing? Too good to be true?
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Thanks to rogerlancelot for making the effort and for sharing the compilation at The Traders’ Den.
I don’t know why but I’ve always been a fan of Lennon’s avant-garde leanings. I made this CD for my own amusement but realized that there might be some other souls out there who would get a kick out of this. Basically, this is a mash-up I made from several small sections of Lennon’s Kenwood attic home studio recordings recorded in 1966-1968 and although some of this material has been covered in text books, nobody seems to agree when exactly these were recorded.
Here are a few facts that you need to know to help you decide if you want to bother with this or not:
– The quality on this is not EX studio quality but at least VG and at times the hiss was unavoidable.
– I credited this monstrosity to The Beatles although there is only one track with Paul (“My Mother Was A Seaman”) and George only appears briefly at the end of the very last track (“Goodbye”). It is mostly John and Ringo and friends.
– There are 12 tracks (mostly under a minute long) that I did not mess with. Many of those appeared as a medley called “Chi Chi’s Café”. The source for these was from The Lost Lennon Tapes radio series where audience sounds were added by the makers of that program. Unfortunately, I do not have access to those pieces without the audience and would love to hear what was on the entire reel uninterrupted.
– The other 27 tracks are of my own creation. I cut everything into sections and sacrilegiously created my own pieces of music/dialogue in fabulous stereo.
– It is known that John Lennon recorded a lot of material in his attic studio (pre-Two Virgins) but it does not leak into the bootlegging community. What we do have is frustratingly awful at times. I feel that I have made it all into something more listenable although some people who do not care for this material won’t make it far into the CD before abandoning it.
– It is often said that John made these recording with friends under the influence of LSD. Although that explains a lot, it also points out why these recordings are “inaccessible” to the average Beatle fan.
– Most of this material is so unloved that it is scarce and not even included with the “definitive” Looking Through The Envelope set which actually inspired me to make this album. Hey, maybe some of this stuff you maybe never heard before?
– I speed corrected tracks, made over 100 manual repairs (a microphone with a short had too many clicks and pops to worry about) and I synced up what were obvious overdubs spread over tapes to create stereo demos (“Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Julia”). Also, a lot of material was recorded at half speed sounding “chipmunk-ish” and I was able to unearth a lot of stuff by slowing down those sections.
– Musically, I did not focus on serious demos such as “She Said She Said” or “Strawberry Fields Forever” but shifted focus to unfinished songs and early versions of “Cry Baby Cry”, etc.
– Overall, the effect is somewhere between Two Virgins, Lumpy Gravy and the Beatles Xmas records from 1966 and 1967.
– I won’t forget to mention that I added a touch of reverb to the entire thing as an artistic decision. All 39 tracks go into one another without a break. Do not burn this disc with pauses between tracks or you’ll miss the whole point.
– Sources that I used for this album were RMW’s Unforgettable Bonus CD (oddly, I still had to speed it up a little bit), Lost Home Tapes 1965-1969, Lazy Tortoise September 1966-February 1967, Zed Is For Zapple, For No One (for “Good Morning Good Morning” although I used the rest of that particular reel from Lost Home Tapes for a lot of this CD) and some other bits floating on my many hard drives. All of it was sourced from lossless FLAC format copies.
Anyway, play it loud and totally annoy (sorry, supposed to be “enjoy”) yourselves!
None of this has been officially released in any form.
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silver cds > EAC WAV > Presonus Studio One II > Audacity > TLH
Track 01. Hello 1:20
Track 02. Stand Together 2:40
Track 03. Good Morning Good Morning 1:03
Track 04. Chi Chi’s Bar 0:25
Track 05. What Exactly Are We Doing 0:54
Track 06. Jolly Jumping Pally Poodles 0:16
Track 07. Let’s Have A Good Time Party 1:26
Track 08. The Awful Parcel 3:16
Track 09. Keep A Shine In Your Nose And Your Clothes Clean 0:31
Track 10. She Can Talk To Me 4:25
Track 11. I Spent An Afternoon Shaving In The Dark 4:02
Track 12. Don’t Forget The Apples When You Go Downtown 0:25
Track 13. She’s Walking Past My Door 2:00
Track 14. We Can Help You 4:58
Track 15. Another Golden Gasser 0:16
Track 16. Mrs Tiggywinkle Part 1 2:35
Track 17. One Long Bad News 1:38
Track 18. La Camparsita 0:30
Track 19. Cry Baby Cry 4:07
Track 20. Laughing Eyes 1:48
Track 21. Brazilian Song 1:00
Track 22. Set Me Free Across The Universe 3:20
Track 23. This Is Not The First Time We Have Met Like This 1:46
Track 24. Stranger In My Arms 3:32
Track 25. Strawberry Fields Forever – Rehearsal 1:00
Track 26. Strawberry Fields Forever 2:06
Track 27. Pedro The Fisherman 1:04
Track 28. My Mother Was A Seaman 1:37
Track 29. Page 43 1:27
Track 30. Down In Cuba 2:07
Track 31. Messengers Of Light 1:35
Track 32. Mrs. Tiggywinkle Part 2 2:39
Track 33. Down In Eastern Australia 0:16
Track 34. Two Poots And A Pot 4:06
Track 35. Mr Whiteout 2:39
Track 36. The Breakdown 5:24
Track 37. Julia 2:56
Track 38. Whenever You Go 1:51
Track 39. Goodbye 0:46
Click here for the tracks.