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The Beatles " Rarities " Rare MINT NEW Vinyl Record PROMO LP w/ BUTCHER Photo Fold Open Cover Original recording
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Shiny, glossy disc in like new condition! Capitol Records Rainbow Trim label, original picture sleeve with 32 bw square pics of the band! Jacket is in beautiful condition with only the lightest touch or corner wear in spots, Gatefold opens to reveal full size color image of "Butcher Album" Cover on the left along with multiple pics of the band on the right side, Capitol EMI SHAL 12060
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Instead of a flimsy generic plain blue outer jacket, CAPITOL's heavier gatefold is packed with numerous visual delights, not least of which is a full-sized repro of the uncropped "butcher smock" photo that was briefly cover art for YESTERDAY AND TODAY compilation. There's also an unairbrushed snapshot of the hotel room picture (with Paul in steamer trunk) that soon replaced it. Additionally, the glossy paper LP sleeve is nicely adorned with a total of 32 square-shaped b&w "snaps" that casually chronicle the band's career.
SIDE ONE NOTES
1.) On the group's first session with George Martin, the producer was unsure of Ringo Starr's abilities so he hired Andy White to play drums, with Ringo relegated to tambourine. This alternate version of "Love Me Do" has Ringo at the sticks, and no tambourine. 2.) "Misery" is an early track on VEE-JAY's mono INTRODUCING THE BEATLES album, and was also released on pre-CAPITOL 45s. 3.) Ditto #2. 4.) In the U.S., a SWAN label 45, in Germany it was partnered with "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" on a 45 issued in January of '64. 5.) Alternate take with a six-bar ending. 6.) A different vocal from the stereo LP track. 7.) Final UK mix for the REVOLVER album, its verses are in a different order and there's additional overdubbed guitar sounds. 8.) An amalgam of US singles and UK album mixes. This created "Walrus" has a six-bar intro and extra beats before "Yellow matter custard..." The transition to rechanneled mono which occurs two minutes in is done as an easy segue rather than an abrupt shift, as it is on MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR.
SIDE TWO NOTES
1.) This dub of the German stereo version ncludes a tagged on piccolo trumpet at the end that was only on US and Canadian radio station promo singles. 2.) From the unique mono mix WHITE ALBUM, not available in the US. There's laughing at the start, beeps heard throughout and different drumming at the end. The track ends at the first fade, thus eliminating Ringo's "I've got blistahs on mah fingahs!" 3.) Another mono WHITE ALBUM cut, it's sped up and includes alternate violin riffs. 4.) Liner notes indicate there's no known stereo mix of this "Lady Madonna" 'B' Side, but the PAST MASTERS: VOLUME TWO track is a slightly different true stereo version. 5.) Stereo "World Wildlife Fund" mix (pre-Phil Spector's overdubbed strings) has birdwing SFX at the beginning. 6.) Released 3/70 as the flip of "Let It Be," this zaniest of all Fab Four tracks was originally planned for an 'A' side, also inclusion on the WHITE ALBUM. Paul and John cut up like schoolboys here, putting on voices, making weird noises, crooning too close to the mike and generally acting the clown. An LP highlight. 7.) Stereo out-track from the British SGT. PEPPER'S LP is missing an initial 15 khz tone.
All songs are stereo, unless [M] mono, as indicated.
[2:22] Love Me Do [M]
[1:47] There's a Place
[2:16] Sie Liebt Dich
[2:36] And I Love Her
[2:16] Help! [M]
[2:59] I'm Only Sleeping
[4:32] I Am the Walrus
[3:00] Penny Lane
[3:38] Helter Skelter [M]
[3:45] Don't Pass Me By [M]
[2:32] The Inner Light [M]
[3:44] Across the Universe
[4:17] You Know My Name (Look Up the Number) [M]
[0:02] Sgt. Pepper Inner Groove
TOTAL TIME: 41:31
I was foolish to think that Capitol would re-issue this album on disc, or even include it in the American box set, which they should have. Released in 1980, it was the perfect bookend to the Beatles' catalogue. Not to be considered the equivalent to the British compilation of the same name, this U.S. counterpart went the extra mile of using different mixes of some of the Beatles' most prized recordings. "And I Love Her", for example, is heard in its unedited form for the first time by most Americans. For those who would like to hear the mono mixes of the two white album tracks, I strongly recommend buying the mono box set, but only from a trusted site. I don't think the post-Revolver albums are available
Should Capitol re-issue this album, they might consider using the U.S. mix of "I'm Only Sleeping" instead of the British since that version was used on the American "Yesterday..." disc, but that's a small matter. Much has been said of the packaging, which I can add nothing further. If it is duplicated on a CD scale (including the gatefold sleeve and insert), so much the better. So, if any of you Capitol moguls are reading this, please take heed! It will be appreciated.
What I heard on this record made me buy all the others.
Inside of four months, I was a total Beatles freak, playing them and listening as if they were a brand new group.
All because of the stellar selection of songs and the versions represented on this album, I began a love affair with the world's greatest rock group, bar none, whose mystique still holds me in its grasp.
The track selection is listed on the page above, so I need not repeat it, merely point up that the versions included on this marvelous album are indeed different, enough so that they must have seemed newly fresh to me at the time.
I whole-heartedly recommend this album to ANYONE who loves the Beatles. And if you don't, if you've ignored them like I did, you may be as moved as I was when you hear this music. Try to find the CD with twice the music on it than the LP, but if you can't, the LP should do nicely.