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The Beatles - Another Sessions... Plus

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Scan submitted/created by [François Vander Linden, beatleg@infonie.be]
HQ Scans:
Publisher: Vigotone
Reference :VT 180
Date :1999
Made In :
Quality :Excellent
Booklet & packaging :Cardboard case, 32-page booklet with photos and liner notes.
Total duration: 57:46

Comments
An alternate "Sessions" album thanks to mixes made by John Barrett in 1982 for the Abbey Road show.
Tracks 15-19 are bonuses tracks: special mixes for the "Abbey Road Show" by John Barrett.


Liner notes:

In the beginning, there was "Sessions"... and it was not very good.

At least, that was the opinion of the surviving Beatles, once they got wind that EMI had assembled this collection of unreleased items from the Beatles' recording sessions between 1962 and 1969. Indeed "Sessions" was a haphazardly assembled collection, with a short running time, no regard to chronological order for its track listing, and with some unconscionable editing and mixing of tracks by the otherwise impeccably credentialed Geoff Emerick. This was the usual EMI way, however, and it stood to reason that this effort wasn't going to be much different than its other attempts at repackaging the Beatles' work.

The fact didn't deter EMI. Catalog numbers were assigned throughout the free world in December of 1984, an unexciting sleeve was prepared, and a single to promote the package was selected ("Leave My Kitten Alone"). "Sessions" was set for release in January of 1985. However, the mighty hand of Apple and their respective lawyers swung down just in time, and "Sessions" was shelved. Ten years later, with those pesky lawsuits between the Beatles and EMI out of the way and everybody being the best of buddies, the Beatles own version of "Sessions", the much-expanded "Anthology" was issued. The unloved, unwanted "Sessions" still resides in EMI's vaults, though unfortunately many of Emerick's mixes and edits that were produced for it were used in Anthology.

The original version of "Sessions" can be heard on Spank's wonderful package of the same name (SP-103). However, what we've done here for your listening pleasure is assemble an alternate version of "Sessions". We have utilized a recent cache of tapes that have come to light from the archival efforts of the late John Barrett of EMI, whose work was one of the catalyst for the compilation of the original album. These different versions include alternate mixes he produced for 1983's "The Beatles At Abbey Road" show, as well as mixes done for his own use, most of which were superior to the ones Emerick produced! In addition, we've also added as bonus tracks some material from that "At Abbey Road" production, also taken from Barrett's tape, and some mixes previously unissued on CD. All in all, it's a most enjoyable collection of material often heard but not in the forms included here. Enjoy !

(Liner notes transcription by Tilleul, beatleg@infonie.be)

Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   
1.
Come And Get It(McCartney)
02:28
Song
Demo
Barrett
24 Jul 1969
The Beatles
Stereo.
Paul McCartney's demo for Badfinger's first hit was originally mixed down to stereo the day it was recorded. When Geoff Emerick assembled "Sessions", he remixed it, but this a Barrett mix that predates the Emerick redo.

Voice is much more in the foreground than on usual versions. Vocals are double-tracked.
2.
Leave My Kitten Alone(John/Turner/McDougal)
02:51
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Take 5
Barrett
14 Aug 1964
SS.ETC.07.05.RM
The Beatles
Mono mix prepared by Barrett for the 1983 "Abbey Road Video Show".
Mono.
When this previously unreleased track appeared on "Sessions", it was in an odd mix that wasn't quite stereo and wasn't quite mono. This is a mono mix that was prepared by Barrett for the "Abbey Road Show"
3.
Not Guilty(Harrison)
04:22
Song
Take 102
Barrett
12 Aug 1968
The Beatles
Stereo.
This unreleased-by-the-Beatles George Harrison song was the worst crime perpetrated on any track for "Sessions". Emerick edited entire sections out, slowed the song down, and in general made it a less interesting track. Sadly, this was also the mix that was used for Anthology 3, so the crime has been perpetrated upon the masses. At any rate, this is the original full-length version of "Not Guilty" as mixed by John Barrett for himself.
4.
I'm Looking Through You(Lennon/McCartney)
02:49
Song
Alternate Version
Barrett
10-11 Nov 1965
The Beatles
Stereo.
The "Sessions" version was left alone for the most part and was on of Emerick's better jobs on the album. The Barrett version we have placed here is the one used on "Rubber Soul", yet this has a slate, two false starts (like the US LP featured by mistake) and ends cold.
5.
What's The New Mary Jane?(Lennon/McCartney)
05:47
Song
Take 4
RS?
14 Aug 1968
The Beatles
Stereo.
What a difference exactly fout years between "Leave My Kitten Alone" and this track makes... At any rate, here is another mix of this marvelous Lennon-penned track, one that is 1968 vintage (different from the one prepared the same day, which can be found on "Turn Me On Dead Man"). This was actually a track Emerick improved, taking off much of the Yoko Ono input which helped to make the original mixes a bit, shall we say, challenging.

This mix fades out after the bell/ring.
6.
How Do You Do It?(Murray)
01:57
Song
(unidentified)
4 Sep 1962
The Beatles
Mono. Mixed Sep 4, 1962.
Another Emerick hack-job for "Sessions", where he for no apparent reason re-edited the original unissued track making the boys repeat lines that didn't need repeating and weren't repeated on the original version! This is the unadulterated mono mix.
7.
Besame Mucho(Velazquez/Skylar)
02:34
Song
(unidentified)
6 Jun 1962
The Beatles
Mono. Mixed on June 6, 1962.
All versions of this track, which was recorded at The Beatles' first recording test, are identical. This sole surviving mix, from a private collection, was returned to EMI in the early 80's. This is slightly flatter in equalization than the "Sessions" version, however.
8.
The One After 909(Lennon/McCartney)
02:57
Song
Take 4 With Edit Piece Take 5
5 Mar 1963
The Beatles
Mono. Mixed March 5, 1963.
This is a mono mix prepared by Barrett of the first half of take 4 with the edit piece take 5. The Beatles were of course later to rescue this early Lennon/McCartney song from unissued limbo and use it for the Get Back/Let It Be project in 1969.
9.
If You've Got Trouble(Lennon/McCartney)
02:48
Song
Take 1
Barrett
18 Feb 1965
The Beatles
Stereo.
The mighty thumb of Geoff Emerick came down hard on the "Sessions" version of this rather lame Lennon/McCartney original, composed with the best intentions for Ringo to sing as his contribution to the "Help!" LP. Thankfully, along came Buck Owens to rescue the ringed one with "Act Naturally". When mixing for "Sessions", Emerick left out the entire first verse of "If You've Got Troubles", leading from the intro and editing directly into the second verse. Why ? Who knows ? It's no as though the track was made any worse by it being there in the first place, which was obviously echoed by the Fab Three and George Martin when assembling "Anthology 2", using the complete original take and ignoring the "Sessions" mix. Included here is another Barrett alternate stereo mix from 1982. "Rock on, anybody", indeed.
10.
That Means A Lot(Lennon/McCartney)
02:30
Song
Alternate Mix
RS?
20 Feb 1965
The Beatles
Stereo.
This unreleased "Help!" track is featured on our alternate lineup in a previously unheard dry mono mix.
11.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps(Harrison)
03:15
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Take 1
25 Jul 1968
SS.WHI.07.01
The Beatles
Unedited take 1.
Stereo.
A gem of this collection, here is the unadultered take one of this White Album Harrison classic. When this was first heard in the "Abbey Road Show" in 1983 in a Barrett-mixed guise, it stunned all who heard in its beauty and simplicity, and Harrison's offhand comment "Let's hear that back" after strumming the last arpeggio seemed to bring it back to Earth. Unfortunately, Emerick on the "Sessions" mix saw fit to loop the last chords played before this arpeggio and fade it out, rather than allowing it to play to its actual conclusion. Even more unfortunately, this same version was used on Anthology 3. We're proud to feature the original mix, in its finest quality ever.
12.
Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues(Roberts/Katz/Clayton)
01:33
Song
Get Back Session
Barrett
29 Jan 1969
GB29.11
The Beatles
Stereo.
This Loyd Price song, most likely heard by The Beatles as a Buddy Holly cover, was one of the few coherent oldies performed uring the Get Back Sessions.
However, more Emerick trickery was involved here, primarily by fading in the track and the fading it out before its actual end. Here is the Barrett mix, shorter but with full ending included.

This version is shorter because it misses the beginning of the song.
13.
Christmas Time (Is Here Again)(Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey)
03:08
Song
Reconstruction
28 Nov 1967
The Beatles
Stereo.
This version was issued in December 1995 as the B-side of "Free As A Bird". We've taken the liberty of restoring the original beginning.
14.
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da(Lennon/McCartney)
02:58
Song
Take 5
Alternate Mix
5 Jul 1968
The Beatles
Stereo.
This is an odd one, in that the mix of the alternate "Ob-La-Di..." included here is of rather muddy quality and it has previously appeared on some other releases. However, we figured you'd rather have it than not to have your alternate "Sessions" album contain all it should.
 
A Hard Day's Night(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Audio excerpt available
Take 2
False Start
16 Apr 1964
SS.AHDN.01.02
The Beatles
This take is aborted just after the beginning chord which is sounding very strange.
John Barrett used this fragment for The Abbey Road Show.
Opening chord.
 
A Hard Day's Night(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Audio excerpt available
Take 3a
False Start
16 Apr 1964
SS.AHDN.01.03a
The Beatles
Another false start.
John Barrett used this fragment for The Abbey Road Show.
Opening chord.
 
A Hard Day's Night(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
Take 9
Barrett Mix
16 Apr 1964
SS.AHDN.01.09.RS?
The Beatles
Barrett remix of take 9 (released take).
Includes count-in from take 3b.
16.
She's A Woman(Lennon/McCartney)
01:20
Song
Take 1
Incomplete
8 Oct 1964
The Beatles
Stereo.
Unfortunately, only a bit of this take one survives on the "Abbey Road Show" tape, but it's so interesting that it begs inclusion.
17.
12-Bar Original(Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey)
06:43
Song
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Audio excerpt available
Participants list available
RM1
Take 2
4 Nov 1965
SS.ETC.10.02.RM1
The Beatles
Take 2 was mixed into mono (RM1) on 30 Nov 1965.
This version is in much superior quality than Take 2 w/o mixing.
Three different versions appeared on bootlegs.

+ The first lasts more than six minutes.
+ The second fades out around the 3:50 mark.
+ The third one was found in John Barrett's private collection (not to be confused with the Barrett Mix !). It is not clear for now if this version is another mono mix or the same RM1 but it is presented by Vigotone as a 1965 mono mix and according to Lewisohn, 12-Bar Original was mixed into mono on 30 Nov 1965 between 4.45 PM and 5.00 PM ! This means it was mixed in 15 minutes ! Therefore, it's dubious they had the time to mix it twice, so, for now, this "Barrett" version is considered as RM1. The sound quality, however, is superior to the other versions of RM1.
No liner notes for this track except that it's a 1965 mono mix.

It is quite different than Take 2 RM1. I don't know if other mixes from 1965 exist but if not, it should be interesting to compare this track with the version released on "Turn Me On Dead Man".

The usual mono mix (RM1) that was prepared in 1965, was prepared in 15 minutes (Lewisohn, 1992). It seems dubious they had time to mix it twice in only 15 minutes, so this version is probably either an improved quality RM1, a fake RM1 by the bootlegger or another unknown mix by Barrett. For now, it is considered as an improved quality RM1
18.
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)(Lennon/McCartney)
02:01
Song
Take 1
Barrett
12 Oct 1965
The Beatles
Stereo.
Visitors attending "The Beatles At Abbey Road", in most cases, heard only pieces of unreleased songs in an attempt to foil bootleggers. Not a stupid move on their part since a complete recording was available within a month of the show's final performance.
However, Barrett still mixed complete versions of the songs included in the show, and here are two of his finished otherwise unissued mixes. In "Abbey Road", these tracks were played back-to-back so it made sense to present them the same way here!
19.
I'm Looking Through You(Lennon/McCartney)
02:53
Song
Take 1
Barrett
24 Oct 1965
The Beatles
Stereo.
From Barrett's tape for "Abbey Road Show".
Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   


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
Other type of track Other


Reviews

Review by: François Vander Linden, beatleg@infonie.beOn 13 Sep 1999
Sessions.... Again ??!! When will we get rid of this over bootlegged material ?

Barrett mixes don't bring much new to our ears except for some subtle differences...
The "Abbey Road Show" tracks were already available elsewhere but one must admit that here the quality is excellent.

The most interesting tracks are:
* What's The New Mary Jane: alternate 1968 mix, unreleased until now.
* 12-Bar Original: alternate unidentified mix.
* She's A Woman (take 1): although already available and incomplete, this is a very different version.

Honestly, if you already own the Sessions material (or Anthology), you won't miss much. So, I'd recommend this CD to completists only.
Review by: Jim Coburn, jcgolf44@aol.comOn 23 Jan 2000
This is the album "Sessions" should have been, not that poorly mixed crap that Geoff Emerick did in 1985. Unfortunately, George Martin used some of these same mixes for Anthology. True stereo mixes, no duophonic, fake stereo, just the way the Beatles left them. Sound quality is perfect, a must own. Get "Turn Me On Dead Man" to hear more.
Review by: John San Juan, jprsj@aol.comOn 09 Feb 2001
Completists only? BULLSHIT! These tracks have never sounded better. "Come And Get It" is a revelation, as are "I'm Looking Through You" and "Not Guilty". This and "Turn Me On Dead Man" are definitely core collection in my eyes.
Review by: Paul Schneider, pdjsch@msn.comOn 05 Apr 2001
Although the release of "Anthology" took away some of this CD's importance, it still remains an essential addition to your collection. Far superior to the previous "Sessions" release on Spank, this offers rare John Barrett mixes of "Come And Get It", "I'm Looking Through You", "What's The New Mary Jane" and others. Highly recommended.
Review by: Boris, zodov@gmx.deOn 07 Jun 2001
Nothing is really new, but the sound quality is amazing, it's like the offical Anthology sound...it make more fun to listen to this songs when the sound quality is excellent.
Review by: Marten RegtopOn 10 Mar 2002 at 22:49 CEST
Recently I received a copy of it through a trade. Once I was in the position to buy the original, I wish I did, in spite of I already have Reel to Real Sessions by Strawberry, the Anthology etc. I never heard the bass part of Paul in I'm Looking Through You so clearly, better than on the regular Rubber Soul. The quality of this cd is really excellent.
In the liner notes for Mailman Bring Me No More Blues there's a mistake. It's an original Buddy Holly song and not a Lloyd Price song. Mailman Blues is by Lloyd Price but has nothing to do with the Buddy Holly song. In fact the song is composed pseudonymously by Bob Thiele, the Decca A & R man of Brunswick where Buddy Holly had a record contract.
Review by: gatoshoesOn 29 Mar 2002 at 02:51 CEST
Review by: beatlescollectorOn 29 May 2002 at 22:57 CEST
I've got a fake version of this CD. It has a quite simple cover (without booklet etc.), the reference number is BE - 18235 and it has an additional track as well:
20. What's The New Mary Jane
     (2nd 1968 stereo-mix) 6:05

Good CD, perfect sound, fine tracks...Get it!
Review by: mojofilterOn 14 Jan 2003 at 03:26 CEST
i love this one....it is soo much of an improvement over all other editions of sessions....
Review by: PeterWMKOn 02 Feb 2004 at 08:23 CEST
great album, but i didn't wait for it,because i already owned the original sessions-album
nevertheless great sound
Review by: Venus_and_MarsOn 01 Nov 2004 at 23:16 CEST
these mixes are way better then what appeared on the anthlogy releases.. Wonderful!
Review by: AlicefanOn 16 Mar 2008 at 00:07 CEST
Review by: gmitroOn 15 May 2013 at 03:39 CEST
This is basically a condensed version of the seven disc John Barrett Cassette Dubs. For the casual fan, it offers a more enjoyable listening experience as it does not have the repetition that the aforementioned set has. Completists should get that set, but if you're looking for a great listening experience, get this disc.


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Filename: vt180
Originally filled by: François Vander Linden, beatleg@infonie.be
Date of creation: 06 Oct 2001 23:59:59
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Last Revision Date : 01 Dec 2001 12:06:33
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