Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Unreleased Beatles Albums: The Final Conflict

EMI's roll-out of archival material by the Fab Four concludes next week with two final releases.

First up on Monday:

The Little Red Album (1968)

From EMI's press release:
"Mainly inspired by John, who happened to be on acid while watching the Paris students riots in the summer of '68, this collection was recorded on one night between dusk and dawn, in a "very collective" session (John speaking). Its release was blocked by Yoko Ono, who, being a Jap, doesn't like Chinks."
Love Mao Do
(Won't You) Please Police Me
The Long and Winding Capitalist Roaders
Happiness Proceeds Out of the Barrel of a Warm Gun
Rice Paddies Forever
I Don't Want to Spoil the Party, So I'll Criticize Myself
Paperback Tiger

And on Wednesday:

McCartney and Friend (1970)

EMI again:
"Not to be outdone by his colleagues, Paul sought to make a statement about his musical roots. The result was Paul McCartney and Friend, a lavish, saccharine overorchestrated Nelson Riddle production. McCartney blocked release of the LP when Sinatra dedicated "That's Why the Lady is a Tramp" to his wife Linda."
I Did It My Way
Theme from The Man With the Golden Arm
A Foggy Day
My Funny Valentine