Over the weekend I Stumbled Upon this great little webpage, which was compiled by Columbia U. Beatlefan Joseph Brennan ‘way back in the heady days of the late 90s, when the vaults of Abbey Road were still exhaling their treasures. I’ve always wanted to do a post that was a one-stop shop for all the tracks like this, and Brennan’s page seemed like as good a starting-point as any. Commentariat, I’m counting on you to add more to it.
A Beatles/JPGR-version is linked to the title; and the cover version is linked with the artist. I personally discovered a few lovely songs while doing this post; Penina will be getting a few spins from me this week, for sure.
If you know of a better source currently available on the web, please put it in the comments, and I’ll update it. The first link is the Beatles’ version, if available, and the cover is linked under that, with the artist and date.
Which ones have we missed?
Songs The Beatles Didn’t Do, 1957-62
In Spite of All the Danger (McCartney/Harrison)
You’ll Be Mine (Lennon/McCartney)
Cry For a Shadow (Harrison/Lennon)
Songs from Rehearsal at Paul’s House, Forthlin Road, April 1960
I’ll Be on My Way (Lennon/McCartney)
Single by Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas, April 1963.
Tip of My Tongue (Lennon/McCartney)
Single by Tommy Quickly, July 1963.
I’ll Keep You Satisfied (Lennon/McCartney)
Single by Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas, November 1963.
I’m in Love (Lennon/McCartney)
Single by the Fourmost, November 1963. Brennan: “A version of this by John has been bootlegged as the demo, but now is believed to be post-1975. A previously unissued version by Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas has recently appeared on the CD Best of Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas.”
A World Without Love (Lennon/McCartney)
Single by Peter and Gordon, February 1964.
Nobody I Know (Lennon/McCartney)
Single by Peter and Gordon, May 1964.
You’ll Know What to Do (Harrison)
From a Window (Lennon/McCartney)
Single by Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas, July 1964.
It’s for you (Lennon–McCartney)
Single by Cilla Black, July 1964.
I don’t want to see you again (Lennon–McCartney)
Single by Peter and Gordon, September 1964.
If you’ve got troubles (Lennon/McCartney)
12-Bar original (Lennon/McCartney)
Single by Peter and Gordon, January 1966.
‘Carnival of Light’ Rave
Shirley’s wild accordion (Lennon–McCartney)
Recording made 12 October 1967 by Shirley Evans, Reg Wale, Paul and Ringo for the “Magical Mystery Tour” film, but not used in it. Shirley Evans does play some accordion in the film.
Jessie’s dream (McCartney–Starkey–Harrison–Lennon)
Single by John Foster and Sons Ltd Black Dyke Mills Band, 26 August 1968.
Everyone Had a Hard Year (Lennon)
Brennan says, “Demo made by Paul at EMI, 20 August 1968, and taken away. No version has come out, including bootlegs.”
On an album by Cream, February 1969, with George on rhythm guitar as L’Angelo Mysterioso.
Dehra Dun (Harrison)
Get Back-era scraps
Oh Jesus these were difficult for me to listen to. But I do it all for you, dear readers.
Adagio for Strings (Lennon–McCartney)
Jazz piano song (McCartney–Starkey)
Suzy Parker (Lennon–Starkey–Harrison–McCartney)
Teddy boy (McCartney)
Hot as sun [with words], I lost my little girl, I fancy me chances, If tomorrow ever comes/I’ll wait till tomorrow (2:30), Just fun, Thinking of linking, Too bad about sorrows (1:24), Because I know you love me so, Won’t you please say goodbye (3:33)
Improvisations/unfinished work songs
Commonwealth/White power/Can you dig it medley (Paul and John), How do you tell someone (George), Window Window (George), I’m going to pay for his ride (Paul), Madman (John), Negro in reserve (John and Paul), Pillow for your head (Paul), Shakin’ in the sixties (John), Taking a trip to Carolina (Ringo), There you are Eddie (Paul), Watching rainbows (John)