THE BEATLES
Artifacts 2 [Big Music Co. 1994, 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. - Philip Cohen

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

CD 3 – Northern Songs 1966-1967:
Track 301. Rain (Take 7; April 14, 1966)
By early 1966 The Beatles and George Martin had discovered backwards taping and alternate speed recording.
Track 302. Backwards Speech (April 1966)
303. Tomorrow Never Knows (Take 3, RM 8; April 6, 1966) (Omitted)
This is taken from the UK LP “Revolver”.
Track 304. I’m Only Sleeping (Take 13; April 29, 1966)
Track 305. For No One (Take 1, 2, 10, 14; May 9, 1966)
Track 306. Here, There And Everywhere (Monitor mixes; June 16, 1966)
Track 307. Got To Get To Into Your Life (Take 9; May 18, 1966)
To make the mono mix of this song, a copy of remix seven was made and then the brass section was superimposed out of sync onto the May 18 brass overdub.
Track 308. Backward Speech (November 1966)
Track 309. Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 2, 3, 4; Nov 28, 1966)
Track 310. Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 7; Nov 29, 1966)
Track 311. Strawberry Fields Forever (Remix; Dec 15, 1966)
Track 312. Pantomine: Everywhere It’s Christmas (Nov 25, 1966)
The fourth annual Christmas disc was recorded below the London office of Dick James Music and featured ten separate items.
Track 313. You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) (Demo; January 1967)
This is a rare home demo recorded by John.
Track 314. A Day In The Life (Take 6, 7; RS5; Jan 20, 1967)
Another stereo mix attempt. A different mix than that on “Artifacts”. It features the “RS” countdown found on Unsurpassed Masters 3.
Track 315. Penny Lane (Mono Mix; Jan 25, 1967)
316. Only A Northern Song (Omitted. Available on “Yellow Submarine” 2009 remaster)
Track 317. Magical Mystery Tour (Mono Mix; May 4, 1967)
Track 318. I Am The Walrus (Take 9; Sept 5, 1967)
Sixteen takes of “I Am The Walrus” were recorded on this date. Only five were complete recordings (Take 9 was one of these). George Martin called this song “organized chaos”.
Track 319. Christmas Time (Is Here Again) (Nov 28, 1967)
This was the last Christmas Fan Club disc to be recorded collectively and at Abbey Road. The next two would be done by The Beatles separately and away from the studio.
Track 320. All Together On The Wireless Machine (Where It’s At show; Oct 12, 1967)
Paul and Kenny Everett recorded this song for one of Everett’s radio shows. A very curious artifact.

CD 4 – Alone Together 1968:
Track 401. Lady Madonna (Monitor Mix; Feb 3, 1968)
Abbreviated monitor mix recording probably made to be used as a reference for later sessions.
Track 402. Across The Universe (Take 7, Acetate Mix; Feb 4, 1968)
Track 403. Step Inside Love (Demo; February 1968)
Track 404. Act Naturally (Oct 1, 1970)
Ringo appeared on Cilla Black’s first show where he was in a comedy scetch with Cilla and sang “Act Naturally”.
Track 405. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (Esher Demo; May 1968)
Before going into the studio to record the new songs for the “White Album”, The Beatles spent several days in May rehearsing at George Harrison’s Esher mansion.
Track 406. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Esher Demo; May 1968)
Track 407. Rocky Racoon (Esher Demo; May 1968)
Track 408. Not Guilty (Esher Demo; May 1968)
Track 409. Yer Blues (Esher Demo; May 1968)
Track 410. Revolution (Esher Demo; May 1968)
Track 411. Cry Baby Cry (Esher Demo; May 1968)
Track 412. Julia (Demo; May 1968)
This is an early demo of the song.
Track 413. The Maharishi Song (Home recording; 1968)
Track 414. Blackbird (Take 32, RM6; June 11, 1968)
“Blackbird” is an alternate mono mix without any bird sound effects.
Track 415. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (Alternate Mix; June 27, 1968)
An unreleased alternate take featuring different guitar and vocals.
416. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Omitted. Released on “Anthology 3”)
Track 417. Don’t Pass Me By (Take 7 with edit piece 4; July 12, 1968)
This alternate mix of “Dont Pass Me By” was on the tape Ringo gave to Peter Sellers. And for these sound bites Ringo raided the EMI tape vaults to add some “personality” to his musical present for his friend and “Candy” co-star.
Track 418. Sexy Sadie (Monitor Mix; July 1968)
Pay close attention to Paul and John’s conversation concerning the recording.
Track 419. Dear Prudence (Alternate Take; Aug 28, 1968)
This version could easily have been chosen for the “White Album”. John dedicated the song to Mia Farrow’s sister, Prudence, who studied meditation in India with The Beatles.
Track 420. Revolution (David Frost Show; Sept 4, 1968)
Promotional films were shot for “Revolution” and “Hey Jude”. These filmed performances contained new vocals recorded over previously recorded backing tracks. This version of “Revolution” is one of the best rock performances ever put on film.
421. Helter Skelter (Omitted. Released in “The Beatles in Mono” box set 2009)
Track 422. I’m So Tired (Remix; Oct 8, 1968)
“I’m So Tired” is basically a solo recording completed by Lennon on the evening before his 28th birthday. George and Ringo were not present for these sessions and Paul’s contributions were negligible.
Track 423. The Beatles 1968 Christmas Record (November 1968)
This fan club record was pieced together from various recordings made individually by Paul, George, Ringo, and John. The most memorable bit is the guest appearance of Tiny Tim who sings (in his own unique style) “Nowhere Man”.

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