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The Beatles - Hodge-Podge

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Scan submitted/created by [aral2]
HQ Scans:
Publisher: Black Dog Records
Reference :BD 001
Date :1992
Made In :Luxembourg
Quality :
Booklet & packaging :Track comments
Total duration: 44:41

Comments
Black Dog Records belongs to Yellow Dog.
The quality is not as good as usual because there's no other tape for the tracks provided (so they say).
Includes some interesting takes.


Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   
1.
Yesterday(Lennon/McCartney)
1:42
Song
TV
James Paul McCartney
Mar 1973
The centerpiece of this collection is the original acetate of Yesterday, Take 1 (MISTAKE !!!).
This was recorded on June 14, 1965 and mixed for mono three days later.
Although published information lists both remixes as deriving from Take 2 (the released version), obviously at least one remix was made of Take 1, because here it is!
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Misrepresented in the liner notes as "an acetate of Take 1". This is entirely untrue. The version presented here is from the end of the TV special "James Paul McCartney". It has been edited to delete the part where the local TV station announcer came on and did a voice-over, advertising the next program that would be on. Furthermore, it was taken from a VERY scratchy record. Just another case of bootleggers not knowing whereof they speak.
 
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
Take 1
Excerpt
12 Oct 1965
The Beatles
The engineer's announcement and some pre-song chatter preface Take I of this song (then known simply as This Bird Has Flown).
We've omitted most of the take here, which can be found on Yellow Dog's Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 2.
 
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
Take 2
21 Oct 1965
The Beatles
What's really new here is Take 2, which, as one would expect, falls musically halfway between take 1 and the finished take 4.
 
12-Bar Original(Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Audio excerpt available
Participants list available
Take 1
Breakdown
4 Nov 1965
SS.ETC.10.01
The Beatles
Take 1 lasts only 10 seconds before breaking down.
Surprisingly, this Green Onion variant lasts only 10 seconds before breaking down.
 
12-Bar Original(Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Audio excerpt available
Participants list available
Take 2
4 Nov 1965
SS.ETC.10.02
The Beatles
Take 2 is a 6:36 performance.
This was recorded live without overdubs and some instruments are hidden in the background.
The take 2 that surfaced is in very poor quality although it's found on stereo on some bootlegs.
Even though Take 2 appears on the Yellow Dog CD Acetates, it appears here in true stereo for the first time.
 
12-Bar Original(Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Audio excerpt available
Participants list available
Rehearsal
Excerpt
4 Nov 1965
SS.ETC.10.Reh
The Beatles
Before recording the two takes of 12-Bar Original, The Beatles rehearsed the whole song and taped it.
The two takes were recorded over the rehearsal and we only have about 1:50 left of the end of the rehearsal.
Even more surprisingly, the long Take 2 is followed by another (fragmentary) two-minute performance, undocumented in published sources.
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"12 Bar Original" is 4 Nov 1965 Takes 1 (breakdown) and 2 (complete), followed at the end by the ends of two different unnumbered takes they did as rehearsals with the tape recorder running, then wound back to the beginning to record anew.
 
That Means A Lot(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
Take 23
30 Mar 1965
The Beatles
These are the only available tapes of the up-tempo "re-make" from March 30, 1965.
Unlike the dirge-like take 1 (available on Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 2), this more lively rendition at least shows some promise.
The second of the two takes, introduced by McCartney as a "test", is probably take 24.
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"That Means A Lot" is Takes 22, 23, 24 and "Test". The last one is an unnumbered take requested by Paul, just so they could fool around.
 
That Means A Lot(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
Take 24
30 Mar 1965
The Beatles
These are the only available tapes of the up-tempo "re-make" from March 30, 1965.
Unlike the dirge-like take 1 (available on Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 2), this more lively rendition at least shows some promise.
The second of the two takes, introduced by McCartney as a "test", is probably take 24.
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"That Means A Lot" is Takes 22, 23, 24 and "Test". The last one is an unnumbered take requested by Paul, just so they could fool around.
 
That Means A Lot(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
Test Take
30 Mar 1965
The Beatles
These are the only available tapes of the up-tempo "re-make" from March 30, 1965.
Unlike the dirge-like take 1 (available on Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 2), this more lively rendition at least shows some promise.
The second of the two takes, introduced by McCartney as a "test", is probably take 24.
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"That Means A Lot" is Takes 22, 23, 24 and "Test". The last one is an unnumbered take requested by Paul, just so they could fool around.
5.
I'm So Tired(Lennon/McCartney)
2:05
Song
Reconstruction Take 14
8 Oct 1968
The Beatles
I'm So Tired originally featured prominent organ and guitar parts which were mixed out of the released track.
This is an attempt to re-mix the missing parts back into the song, so we can hear how it might have originally been intended.
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"I'm So Tired" (reconstruction) is a forgery committed by the
bootlegger, in an abysmally unsynchronized overdub of the unused guitar and organ track (available separately elsewhere) over one of the versions from the tape I'm about to explain.
6.
Penny Lane(Lennon/McCartney)
2:19
Song
Overdub
9 Jan 1967
The Beatles
On January 9th, 1967 six session musicians and George Martin gathered together to add another layer to Penny Lane.
Here's an excerpt from that overdub session, as aired on the American radio series The Lost Lennon Tapes.
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The "Penny Lane Overdub Session" tape is one of the shortest edits of this piece ever bootlegged, and the quality of the recording, made from "LLT", is poor.
7.
The Inner Light(Harrison)
2:33
Song
Backing Track
12 Jan 1968
The Beatles
The original backing track for the song recorded by Indian musicians during the Wonderwall sessions on January 12th, 1968.
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"The Inner Light" is an external recording of a playback (a.k.a. "monitor mix").
8.
Revolution!(Lennon/McCartney)
3:30
Song
(unidentified)
4 Sep 1968
The Beatles
The backing track here is the same as on the legitimate release, but the vocals were re-recorded on September 4th, 1968 for the promotional film.
9.
I'm So Tired(Lennon/McCartney)
2:19
Song
Take 14
(date unknown)
The Beatles
From a safety copy, evidently dubbed from the mixing session of October 15, 1968.
If you listen carefully, you'll notice the unsuccessful attempts to mix the original guitar and organ parts out.
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This is taken, not from a "safety copy", but from the STEED echo tape. This system is explained in detail in "Recording Sessions", wherein a third-engineer type would sit with a box with a knob on it. He would turn the knob back and forth, altering the speed of an open-reel machine that was sending the main feed to the echo chamber. These variable-speed echoes were then mixed back into the main program. This is the tape that came off that machine...that's why the speed wanders back and forth. [Note, however, that the whole tape is not on this CD.
See "Control Room Monitor Mixes".] Engineer Chris Thomas said "I did that for hours...what a boring job!"
10.
I'm So Tired(Lennon/McCartney)
2:15
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Remixes.
From a safety copy, evidently dubbed from the mixing session of October 15, 1968.
If you listen carefully, you'll notice the unsuccessful attempts to mix the original guitar and organ parts out.
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11.
I Am The Walrus(Lennon/McCartney)
4:42
Song
(unidentified)
5 Sep 1967
The Beatles
Similar to the basic tracks version that appears on Yellow Dog's Acetates CD.
Although this is from a different source, it might well be the same mix.
------------
"I Am The Walrus" is a variation on the mix on "Acetates". This is indeed an acetate, but through the heavy scratches, you'll note that a gap of silence has been edited into it, right in the place where the sound of the radio dial being tuned, and the string section would later be put, just before "Sitting in an English garden". This piece made its debut on this CD. It is undocumented in Lewisohn or elsewhere.
12.
Jam(unknown)
3:46
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
The Beatles
AKA "Rock Peace"

This odd instrumental circulated among collectors as 12-Bar Original before the actual thing surfaced.
A clean version was even used as background on the American Lost Lennon Tapes series.
We're not sure what, when, or even who this is.
13.
The Long And Winding Road(Lennon/McCartney)
2:07
Song
Rehearsal
1968
The Beatles
This sounds like a home rehearsal tape -which is suspicious, since the piano style does not really sound like McCartney's.
If a genuine McCartney recording, it would date from 1968, predating the Let It Be sessions in early 1969.
You be the judge.
------------
"The Long And Winding Road" just may be a Paul home demo from late 1968. If you speed it up in excess of the 8% it runs slow here, to the proper key, it sounds pretty much like Paul playing and working on singing a melody, on an out-of-tune home piano. Maybe not. But maybe it's him! The song is nowhere near complete in format, nor was it when The Beatles started rehearsing it in January 1969. This track also debuted here.
14.
Paperback Writer(Lennon/McCartney)
2:04
Song
(unidentified)
13 Apr 1966
The Beatles
This remix is different flom the raw tracks available on Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 3.
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, tilleul@compuserve.comOn 8 Jun 1999
Don't expect a good sounding bootleg. This one is one of the worst I've heard (sounds like a RealAudio file :-P) but it is indeed excellent (for real fans or completists)

It has songs not available elsewhere:
I'm so tired (enhanced version): the best version i've heard, that guitar part they remixed in is really excellent. You must hear it and you'll never want to hear the cv again!
(Instrumental): a rare instrumental. Is it really the Beatles playing?

It's also interesting to listen to:
That Means A lot, 12 bar original & Long And Winding Road are different versions to what has ever been released until now.

Final review: Buy it. Or at least, don't buy Hodge Podge vol 2.
Review by: Claude Defer, cdefer@voila.frOn 16 Nov 1999
A famous but overrated bootleg. The sound quality, the disorder of the songs (I don't like "dump" bootlegs) and the lack of exact liner notes are not good points.
However, it has some rare tracks, notably several versions of "I'm So Tired".

Un bootleg réputé mais un petit peu décevant à cause d'une faible qualité de son, du désordre dans lequel les titres sont proposés (je n'aime pas les bootlegs 'fourre-tout') ainsi que du manque total d'informations fournies.
Ceci dit, son acquisition reste intéressante car on y trouve beaucoup de choses rares, notamment autour du titre "I'm so Tired".
Review by: Russell J, doktordouce@aol.comOn 15 May 2000
I didn't think in this modern age of Boots it would still be possible, but this both sucks & blows!
Review by: dearprudence909On 09 Aug 2002 at 00:53 CEST
Review by: The57thBeatleOn 05 Jan 2003 at 01:20 CEST
Not at all worthwile. And why, if the makers of this bootleg (Yellow Dog) admit that this is rather inferior material (otherwise it would be on their own label rather than on Black Dog), don't they sell this stuff at half price?
Review by: dirty_dog_bootlegsOn 23 Feb 2003 at 23:57 CEST
I got duped into paying $22.00 U.S. for this cd- I hated it so much, I shot it with a B.B. gun~! (that's why it's not on my offering plate!)
Not only does it suck & blow, It also really leaves a bad taste in your mouth! Could'a used that $20.00 to buy me a dog! (cos I need a friend now... Boop Boop sha Bop Bop ram-a lam)
Review by: aldejerphOn 26 Nov 2003 at 21:22 CEST
This boot was interesting when the barrett tapes weren't available. This disc contains some off-line excerpts.
Now just pick the barret tapes and avoid this disc!

Utile dans la période antérieure à la diffusion des john barret tapes, totalement inutile depuis.
Review by: MedicineJar1976On 10 Oct 2004 at 02:29 CEST
The Long And Winding Road soubds like one of the may GBS versions...

Review by: ringoswigOn 14 Jun 2005 at 00:27 CEST
Not easy listening by any means. Very ropey recordings. Completeists only.


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Filename: hodgep1
Originally filled by: Francois VDL 100260.2504@compuserve.com
Date of creation: 06 Oct 2001 23:59:59
Last filled by: BootlegZone x
Last Revision Date : 17 Nov 2001 13:15:16
Online on : 17 Nov 2001
Type of media: Bootleg CD
Hodge-podge
HODGE-PODGE
HODGE-PODGE VOL. 2
HODGE-PODGE VOL. 3
HODGE-PODGE VOL. 4

Revision history
Ver 1 (14 apr 1996)
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Some dates are missing.

Francois Vander Linden 100260.2504@compuserve.com


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