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The Beatles - From Kinfauns To Chaos (Disc 1)

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Scan submitted/created by [Bursey, bursey@nf.sympatico.ca]
HQ Scans:
Publisher: Vigotone
Reference :VIGO 183
Date :1999
Made In :USA
Quality :
Booklet & packaging :Includes a full colour slipcase and a 28 page booklet of notes and photos
Total duration: 68:01

Comments
Assembled from the finest quality master tapes available, "From Kinfauns To Chaos" documents an ending and a beginning, the end of the Beatles as a cohesive assemblage, and the beginning of John and Yoko as a collective unit. This two - CD set features the most complete, best sounding version to date of the May, 1968 "White Album" demos recorded at George's "Kinfauns" Bungalow on disc one. Disc Two highlights a june, 1968 mixing session for the "slow" version of "Revolution", "Revolution #1".

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1.
Julia(Lennon/McCartney)
3:55
Song
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Version details available
Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
recorded in a higher key and features the verses in a different order
2.
Blackbird(Lennon/McCartney)
2:37
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
features a double-tracked vocal, no break, natural bird sounds and a slightly slower pace than the studio version
3.
Rocky Raccoon(Lennon/McCartney)
2:53
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
this early version is significantly shorter lacking the opening and closing verses
4.
Back In The U.S.S.R.(Lennon/McCartney)
2:57
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
HR117
The Beatles
Late May 1968
lacks the final verse "show me round your snow peaked mountains"
5.
Honey Pie(Lennon/McCartney)
2:09
Song
Version details available
Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
this version also appeared on Anthology 3 in excellent stereo but missing the final verse
6.
Mother Nature's Son(Lennon/McCartney)
2:20
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
lacks the picked intro of the finished version
7.
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da(Lennon/McCartney)
3:18
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
Paul occasionally loses time when he double tracked his vocal but this an otherwise spirited take. Not surprisingly this version is closer in feel to the Sessions version than the finished take
8.
Junk(McCartney)
2:26
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
appeared on Anthology 3 in stereo but lacking some guitar bits and vocals heard here
9.
Dear Prudence(Lennon/McCartney)
4:39
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
John lets out a "whoops!" as he flubs his double track vocal and finishes with a spoken outro
10.
Sexy Sadie(Lennon/McCartney)
2:29
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
features an undeveloped ending
11.
Cry Baby Cry(Lennon/McCartney)
2:32
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
lacks the "cry baby cry" intro and has a different ending
12.
Child Of Nature(Lennon)
2:46
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
earliest incarnation of "Jealous Guy" - an early highlight of the Lost Lennon tapes radio series
13.
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill(Lennon/McCartney)
2:42
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
animal noises courtesy of the other Beatles
14.
I'm So Tired(Lennon/McCartney)
3:10
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
with an extra spoken passage: "when I hold you in your arms"
15.
Yer Blues(Lennon/McCartney)
3:32
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
some early lyrics of note here: John is only "insecure" here an not "suicidal" like Dylan's Mr. Jones
16.
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey(Lennon/McCartney)
2:59
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
lyrically the same but otherwise completely different in feel
17.
What's The New Mary Jane?(Lennon/McCartney)
2:40
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
what's noteworthy is that there's a demo for this song at all
18.
Revolution!(Lennon/McCartney)
4:08
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
lacks the "you say you'll change the constitution" verse
19.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps(Harrison)
2:35
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
features alternate early lyrics
20.
Circles(Harrison)
2:19
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
George dug this one up 14 years later for his Gone Troppo LP
21.
Sour Milk Sea(Harrison)
3:43
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
George gave this to Jackie Lomax to record for one of Apple's first releases
22.
Not Guilty(Harrison)
3:00
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
George only waited 11 years to get back to this one on his George Harrison LP
23.
Piggies(Harrison)
2:07
Song
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Demo
Esher Demo
May 1968
The Beatles
Late May 1968
piggies "cut their porkchops" instead of "eat their bacon" here
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Song Song Studio chat Studio chat
TV/Radio chat/jingle TV/Radio chat/jingle Interview Interview
Cover by another artist Cover by another artist Film Music/Orchestral Film music/orchestral
Concert intro/announcement Concert intro/announcement Advertising Advertising
Song by another artist Song by another artist Medley title Medley title
Book chapter Book chapter
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Reviews

Review by: Jim Coburn, JCGOLG44@aol.comOn 22 Jan 2000
Fantastic, the best sound quality and most complete Esher Demos out on the market. These are in mono, George Harrison owns the 4 track master that EMI used for Anthology. The second disc is ruined by Yoko's jabbering, but really worth a listen if you can tune her out.
Review by: Scott Charbonneau, smc@aol.comOn 08 Mar 2000
Nice to have the complete collection of Esher demoes available in one handy package. The time spent in India obviously did the Beatles creative muse a world of good, especially John, who seemed more determined than ever to reassert his prominence within the band. Hearing these songs in such a loose, relaxed setting really serves to provide further insight into the Beatles methods as a working band. It's too bad the formal sessions did not reflect the spontaneity and joy apparent here. Odd thing, my copy of this, Disc 2 repeats the demos again; would it be fair to say that I got the better end of this?
Review by: Kurt Max, kurtmax@mediaone.netOn 05 Dec 2001
Disc one: Kinfauns (Esher Demos). The most complete set of the demos I've heard. Lots of fabulous surprises. Most of the sound quality is great.
Disc two: Chaos. June 1968 mixing of Revolution #1 recorded by Yoko. Yoko is talking into a personal tape recorder while you hear the Beatles mixing and jamming in the background. I can finally hear how Revolution #1 and #9 came from the same jam! Wow! Priceless. As for Yoko talking...it wasn't that bad. You can still hear the band very loudly (sometimes even drowning Yoko out). Here comments show a personal side of her, her relationship with the Beatles and the recording sessions that revealed a lot! I felt like she was whispering into my ear telling me exactly what was happening at that time (a better time capsule I've rarely heard).
Of course, I also want really to hear the Beatles jamming with no talking (like everybody else)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Review by: TraceElementOn 25 Apr 2002 at 13:29 CEST
Naturally, the first disk is priceless. I can't think that anyone could hear the Esher demos, and dislike them anyway. This is the best quality for the Esher demos ever obtained. As for the second CD, of Yoko talking over the Beatles recording of Revolution Number one, it is obvious, that the runout of the song, where John is singing ALRIGHT!!! and the band is going nuts, forms the basis of Revolution #9. Some of what Yoko says, is an absolute Hoot too. "John, our love only comes around once in a hundred, or a thousand years", or "I could tell by your handwriting that you are shy", and my favorite "George really likes me. While he was playing, he looked over and we connected, and he sort of gave me a smile". (I mean, George absolutely HATED Yoko, and from the very first. John almost punched him out, when George told John that she had a rep in NYC for having bad vibes, according to Dylan.) SO i would say, if you want insite into Yoko's head trip she was playing on John, then the second CD is great for that. Too bad that we dont have the 12 minute Revolution #1 without the voice over, but you take what you can get.
Review by: awilson8On 02 May 2002 at 19:56 CEST
The Esher demos rank among the very best music The Beatles ever made. If I were stranded on a desert island with only a handful of CDs, disc 1 would have to be one of them. Vigotone has done a brilliant job in every aspect of "From Kinfauns to Chaos". Disc 2 is valuable from a historical context (although I can only handle Yoko in bits and pieces). My advice, for disc 1 alone - CLOSE YOUR EYES AND BUY!
Review by: mackOn 07 May 2002 at 19:08 CEST
Excellent sound quality, and the mood in which they were recorded makes this a better listen than the official White Album! Probably the best boot in the worrrrrrrrrrrld!
Review by: Electric LoopstationOn 22 Jun 2002 at 21:54 CEST
Disc one with the Esher tapes is simply fantastic. Every Beatle fan should try to get it. The sound quality is excellent and the songs speak for themselfs. This is really a relaxed album. I've got one remark on CD1. I've red in other reviews that this is far the best quality of these tapes ever heard, with double tracking of vocals and so on.
Well I think it is done by the bootlegger himself. On some of the songs he has put a Left/Right Delay effect. And since it is a mono recording and no 4-track you can here this effect (wich you can find in any respectable amateur mixing device/I have one)doubling and bouncing voices and guitar. Sometimes the effect level is put so high that it all get out of control. I've donnit myself with other pieces and it sounds exactly the same. It's a pity cause it don't give extra artisical value.
Review by: David SebekOn 20 Jun 2003 at 13:57 CEST
Don't believe the hype! Historically, this is an important recording, but great sound, great performances? Really not that impressive. John sounds washed out, singing falsetto most of the time, the crisp Lennon voice is never heard. The Kinfauns Bungalow did provide a relaxed setting for the Fabs, problem being, the sessions are too relaxed, and most of the performances are uneventful, background noise. I prefer the actual "White Album" sessions, yes the mood must have been tense and edgey, but the finished product was sharp, polished, and masterful. If I were stranded on an island, with only one recording to listen to, it would not be Kinfauns. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining, thank goodness these sessions were caught on tape, or we woudn't have them, it's just that this session is mediocre at best. "Back In The USSR" is the best performance here, and quite spirited, as is "Revolution", John finally comes alive on this one. All of George's contributions are very good. Also, believe it or not, I really enjoyed disc 2 "Chaos", to me this is a really unbelievable session, and the much hated "Yoko chatter" just adds to the circus atmosphere. Yes, we can hear the metamorphosis of the composition "Revolution 1" to "Revolution 9". This is a very heavy jam session, and thank Yoko for capturing it. Why does everyone hate Yoko? John loved her very much, and isn't that enough for us Beatles fans?
Review by: kurtmaxOn 13 Apr 2004 at 01:47 CEST
As stated: the most complete, best sounding version to date of the May, 1968 "White Album" demos recorded at George's "Kinfauns" Bungalow.
Need I say more? Okay :-) These are mellow acoustic versions with background noises but it is very cool. Not my all time favorite unreleased Beatles but it is good listening and ESSENTIAL.
Review by: juniorsfarmOn 10 Mar 2005 at 21:47 CEST
Great set to have. I always loved hearing how Beatles songs developed and the Esher recordings are remarkable. I think the biggest kick I get out of this set is that there is a demo of 'Mary Jane', it would be like having an demo of 'Revolution 9'. Essential for the collection.
Review by: Kevin IslesOn 28 Apr 2006 at 04:26 CEST
Disc 1 is simply GOLD. The only known recording of ALL the Beatles playing these songs together. A must for Beatles fans and collectors. At some points you can tell that the overdubs are not being done right because they don't sink up right but otherwise no problems. I would recommend trying to get a copy of this CD without the second disc because disc 2 is worthless.
Review by: CooleyOn 03 Jan 2010 at 04:29 CEST

Probably the finest version of these wonderful demos that you will ever find.

Much better sound fidelity than Yellow Dog's Unsurpassed Demos.

Superb sound, probably taken directly from the acetate recording....it's that good.

But....most, but not quite all the Kinfauns Demos.

A couple of demo songs are missing.

As legend has it, 27 songs were recorded, and I can pinpoint one missing for sure is an instrumental version of Julia.

The other missing tracks might be just variations of the above core songs.

The legendary story of these tracks are that when the Beatles returned from India in the late spring of 1968, they had amassed a large amount of songs.

In preparation for the recording sessions of what would turn out to be the White Album, they assembled at George Harrison's home in Kinfauns, Esher sometime from the 21st to 29th May-1968.

At George's home, they recorded some 27 demo's of tracks just using simple guitars and some keyboards, drums are not evident.

George Harrison then gave the tapes to George Martin who pressed up approximately 4-6 acetate copies (legend is 6 were pressed, but this is unsubstantiated...) and given back to the individual Beatles for review.

The Beatles entered the recording studio on 04th June-1968 to begin officially recording the White Album.

Legend also indicates that this copy of the demos is from the John Lennon acetate that he traded for some bootleg recordings he didn't have.

Of course, this is completely unsubstantiated.

But these tracks are superb, and show how the Beatles were light-years ahead of everyone.

Some of these tracks were, as noted, officially released on the Beatles Anthology series.

This CD set is becoming hard to find now...quite rare so hang onto your copy.

Disc 2 is an early White Album session for Revolution with Yoko talking over the tapes.

Also available on the 4-CD set White Sessions (Silent Sea).

Highly recommended....



Review by: EnjoylifeOn 24 Dec 2011 at 22:29 CEST
Review by: yamashtaOn 03 Jan 2013 at 13:36 CEST


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Filename: vigo_183
Originally filled by: TheRutles
Date of creation: 06 Oct 2001 23:59:59
Last filled by: Aidanymous
Last Revision Date : 15 Sep 2011 10:38:40
Online on : 15 Sep 2011
Type of media: Bootleg CD
From Kinfauns To Chaos
FROM KINFAUNS TO CHAOS (DISC 1)
FROM KINFAUNS TO CHAOS (DISC 2)

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