One of my dreams for this site has been setting up a page for each UK album, then collecting all the available session recordings on YouTube, plus outtakes and remixes, and putting it in that one place. Organized chronologically, so that scholars could reconstruct the process by which the songs came to be—all the minute creative decisions that The Beatles did so well.
Seems like I’m not the only one with these kind of ambitions. In Dullblog’s vast refurb, I stumbled across something called “The Beatles Complete Anthology Recording Sessions Box Set,” a 62 CD, 10 DVD motherlode. The link goes to its entry on Bootleg Zone, for your further research. As I’m typing this, I’m listening to one of the CDs of the Revolver sessions (you thought I was going to say Magical Mystery Tour…hey, that’s a good idea).
As the Bootleg Zone people point out, there’s nothing new here, but it’s the compilation that is so exciting to me. I’m weird, I know. But I am comfortable with it, and in this way hope to make others comfortable as well. This is how society moves forward, people.
It’s available on eBay, but a little out of my price range: $1175. It could be more by the time it sells. The worst thing is, the seller’s in Long Beach, just 30 miles away from where I’m typing.
I’m planning a heist. Who’s with me?