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The Beatles - Revolution

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Publisher: Vigotone
Reference :VIGO-117
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Total duration: 72:02


Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   
Version validated
Home Recording - Mellotron Improvisation Version 1
John With Ringo
The Beatles
Listed as "Mellotron Improvisation 1" - the date seems dubious.
Nov 1965
The Beatles
Nov 65 Monitor mix
We Can Work It Out(Lennon/McCartney)
Oct 1965
The Beatles
Paul's demo
Lucy From Littletown(Lennon)
Other type of track
Home Recording
Sep 1965
The Beatles
John's poem recorded over Paul's demo of WE CAN WORK IT OUT
Instrumental Demo
Sep 1965
The Beatles
Paul's instrumental demo
We Can Work It Out(Lennon/McCartney)
Core collection
Version validated
Version details available
Take 2
20 Oct 1965
The Beatles
Prior to vocals and harmonium overdubs.
Single-tracked vocal
It's Not Too Bad(Lennon/McCartney)
Sep 1966
The Beatles
John's demo #1 of "It's Not Too Bad"
It's Not Too Bad(Lennon/McCartney)
Sep 1966
The Beatles
John's demo #2 of "It's Not Too Bad"
It's Not Too Bad(Lennon/McCartney)
Sep 1966
The Beatles
John's demo #3 of "It's Not Too Bad"
Good Morning Good Morning(Lennon/McCartney)
Home Recording
Feb 1967
The Beatles
Version validated
Home Recording - Mellotron Improvisation Version 2
John With Ringo
The Beatles
Listed as "Mellotron Improvisation 2", May 1968 - the date seems dubious.
10 Jul 1968
The Beatles
Across The Universe(Lennon/McCartney)
Core collection
Version validated
Version details available
Take 8
RM2 ('Hums Wild')
8 Feb 1968
An alternate mix with the extracts of the ' Hums Wild' Sounds effect recorded on the 04 Feb 1968 edited in. No Orchestration or Animal Sounds at this stage .
The take on some discs is preceeded by John saying "You're right, Richie" and two exhales.
In stereo (fake stereo or another version ?)
Revolution 9(Lennon/McCartney)
Alternate Mix
Jun 1968
The Beatles
Rough mix from acetate
Version validated
Home Recording - Mellotron Improvisation Version 3
John With Ringo
The Beatles
Listed as "Mellotron Improvisation 3", May 1968 - the date seems dubious.
Home Recording
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Stranger In My Arms(Lennon)
Home Recording
May 1968
The Beatles
Revolution 1(Lennon/McCartney)
Take 20
4 Jun 1968
The Beatles
Recorded on June 4, 1968. Yoko Ono's personal experiences and observations taped during an overdub and playback session at EMI, which resulted in a rough mono mix of Take 20.
Hey Jude(Lennon/McCartney)
David Frost Show
4 Sep 1968
The Beatles
David Frost Show
4 Sep 1968
The Beatles
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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
Other type of track Other


Review by: Gustavo Rigterby, grigterby@hotmail.comOn 10 Nov 1999 at 21:38 CEST
Some tracks have an excellent sound: Julia, Stranger in my arms (I've never heard it before) and Across the Universe (nice mix).
Demos and Home Recordings have an acceptable sound quality, They're worth because of its historic value.
Revolution is my favorite Beatles song, 23 minutes of it may be a little bit boring, but ...guys of Vigotone: TAKE YOKO'S VOICE OUT OF THERE (didn't you have a better idea of how to fill 23 minutes of a CD?).
Advice: don't spend much money in buying this CD. Better try to get a copy in CD-R and save some $ for another occasion.

La calidad del sonido es excelente en Julia, Stranger in my arms (nunca antes la había escuchado) y el mix de Across the Universe.
Los demos y grabaciones caseras suenan aceptablemente. Valen la pena por su valor histórico.
Revolution es mi canción favorita, 23 minutos pueden ser un poco aburridos, pero SAQUEN LA VOZ DE YOKO!!!(se hace insoportable, es una tortura).Hay mejores maneras de llenar 23 minutos de un CD.
Consejo: conviene una copia en CD-R y guardar el dinero para algo que valga más la pena.
Review by: gatoshoesOn 29 Mar 2002 at 03:06 CEST
a strong cd because it has a theme...mainly of John's 1967 home recordings. 'Stranger in My Arms' is right up there with his funniest stuff.
Review by: TraceElementOn 22 May 2002 at 11:12 CEST
I have to admit, I wanted this CD for the different version of REVOLUTION #9. Much of what is on here, has been surpassed on other bootlegs. The 23 minute REVOLUTION track, is now combined in its entirety, on FROM KINFAUS TO CHAOS. The demo for GOOD MORNING GOOD MORNING is on LOST PEPPERLAND REEL, however it doesnt cut off, before the song ends, as it does here. The version of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE here, is widely available. ITS NOT TOO BAD, is nice demos of STRAWBERRY FIELDS, but again, widelyl available. However, the melotrone experiments are fun to hear, cos these were so much a part of the BEATLES psychedelic sound. Here they are, alone, unmixed, etc. PAUL, RINGO, and JOHN were all into this form of musical expression then. ALSO, there is the enigmatic STRANGER IN MY ARMS, which i am not completely convinced of its athenticity. BUT, it probibly is a JOHN song, or something of a joke he was working on. Again, the BEATLES were very much influenced with HUMOUR music, like with the BONZO DOG BAND, and later, the PYTHONs. IT does have a theme tho. JOHN, and his revolutionary take on music, and poetry. A good CD to combine with LOST PEPPERLAND REEL.
Review by: kurtmaxOn 27 May 2004 at 02:35 CEST
As mentioned, much of this is already available but...I was thrilled with this boot (for the most part).
Review by: dlaoidekempOn 07 Dec 2004 at 12:46 CEST
Not a bad bootleg altogether.

One pedantic point - John Lennon's reading of "Lucy of Littletown" is NOT his own story or poem, but in fact an entertainingly rendered excerpt for "The Tale Of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle" by late-19th/early 20th century children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter - in that sense the sleevenotes, and this bootlegzone data, are incorrect.
Review by: saccoliciousOn 09 Dec 2005 at 19:18 CEST
This CD is to me a lot more useful than others say. Although it doesn't offer really any new material, the quality is better. "Revolution" (the song) is the released version but without organ overdubs. Here, it is the longest and best quality.
Review by: polo_zappa xOn 21 Feb 2006 at 00:07 CEST
Review by: mlucifersamOn 21 Feb 2006 at 23:38 CEST
People constantly moan about Yoko talking through the 'Revolution' sessions, part of which are on this CD. But...DUH...if she hadn't been talking she wouldn't have made this recording so we wouldn't have been able to hear what was going on in the background anyway!!

What's better? The tape exists with Yoko talking? Or no tape at all?

Easy now!

I love the alternate 'Revolution 9' too. Who'd have thought we'd have had an alternate of THAT!?

Quite old now but still a great boot.
Review by: MedicineJar1976On 26 Feb 2006 at 16:05 CEST
if i remeber track 11 is Revolution (Take 15 - Reduction Mix)

i have it as a mp3 from another bootleg and compared it and its dead on...

btw this set ROCKS!
Review by: ZephyrJWOn 30 Jul 2007 at 03:02 CEST
STRANGER IN MY ARMS is, hands-down, my favorite Lennon boot in existence. When he used to talk about his music room in Weybridge, and the "comedy" tapes he made up there, we could only dream... Here, I think, we finally have an example of Mr. Lennon and what he could get up to at home, circa 1968. The mellotron track is simply fantastic, not a case of him merely turning it on and letting it randomly provide a pre-recorded backing rhythm. What I hear going on is a worked-out song. At the start, you can hear some live tones and John flipping a switch loudly. Each time he does this, the instrument sound changes. It's almost a little "solo" riff in itself! Then, as the song gets rolling, and he plays and sings live, I think he turns on a loosely sync-ed deck which is generating ADT. (Remember he talked about his "10 linked-up Brennel machines" in interviews?) Listen to how his voice layers up and trips over itself, and how he uses that to create rhythm. I think he had this song quite worked out, and then left the performance to chance, hence its loose and hallucinogenic quality. For me, this is as funny and revealing a piece as YOU KNOW MY NAME, and I can only wish that someday, someway, Yoko will deign to release Lennon's "comedy" tapes. Of which I'm sure there are many.
P.S. Richie Unterberger has recently made the case that this recording and the Mellotron Experiments that dot this CD were actually recorded earlier, circa late 1966, when the Beatles first got their in-home mellotrons. Possibly. It's very hard to say, but I think this song is from '68, if only because of its weirdness, and because I think his radio listening has led him to surreally incorporate the then-current hit, Strangers in the Night, into his home-studio madness.
IMHO. I think that the Mellotron Experiments, if edited together, form a gorgeous piece of what I'd say is "classical" music for Lennon. Haunting stuff, actually. Very much from the realm of dreams.
Altogether a treasure, this one. Sorry for rambling...
I give it as many stars as there are.
Review by: crematia13On 03 Nov 2007 at 09:55 CEST
After all these years, this is still essential Beatles listening. Revolution #9 is one of my least favorite Beatles listening experiences, but the alternate version here is still quite interesting, and was only available on this disc for many years. And if you can block out Yoko's voice, Revolution #1 is essential too, though Kinfauns To Chaos and other boots have more complete versions. Get it.
Review by: L. SHALDERSOn 05 Nov 2007 at 23:58 CEST
The final version of Revolution worked out on this particular session has been out recently, without the guitar riff intro, different backing vocals and the best of all,without Yoko's comments. Go look for it, boys!
Review by: beatlescollectorOn 27 Feb 2008 at 05:35 CEST
Whew... alternate Revolution 9 ...cool! The best part is from 5 to 6 minutes where there are some completely unused tape loops. Being pretty similar to the released version at the beginning, it gets more and more different! John's mellotron stuff and Stranger In My Arms (sounds like Two Virgins left-off) are also awesome.
The 23 minute Yoko tape is very interesting to me because from 5:20 to about 6:30, there are many of John's vocal bits which were actually used in Revolution 9!
The rest of the disc is mostly common but still a joy to hear.
Despite the fact that a lot of material was first released on this CD, this is definitely a 10!!
Review by: polarworsksstudioOn 15 Jul 2009 at 19:01 CEST
Que puedo decir ya tengo este Bootlegs es genial el sonido, un joya creada por el mejor bootleggero que hay vigOtone, mas que lamentablemente hay muchas falsificaciones de este bootleg y de muchos mas de este sello, que al final parece chistosamente original o mejor dicho de la epoca de vigotone 1990-2001 que hay que tomar en cuenta al comprar uno pero igual si el precio del mismo no es muy elevado vale la pena comprarlo, bueno estar seguros que es un autentico VigOtone, igual comparto mucho de lo que escribe Gustavo Rigterby, grigterby@hotmail.com

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Filename: vigo117
Originally filled by: Al Fuller, cpt_tater@juno.com
Date of creation: 06 Oct 2001 23:59:59
Last filled by: Aidanymous
Last Revision Date : 19 Sep 2011 15:04:13
Online on : 31 Dec 2001
Type of media: Bootleg CD

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