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The Beatles - Turn Me On Dead Man: The John Barrett Tapes (Disc 2)

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Publisher: Vigotone
Reference :VT 179
Date :1999
Made In :
Quality :Excellent
Booklet & packaging :Superb packaging: a cardboard case encloses the jewel case and a 30 page booklet featuring complete liner notes, dates, track details & b/w photos.
The cardboard case, the booklet and the jewel case have all different front & back pictures.
Total duration: 57:29

Comments
"Turn Me On Dead Man: The John Barrett Tapes" is a revelatory experience for Beatles fans, comprising tracks taken directly from the late Abbey Road engineer's cassette dubs of material he found during the vaults searches in 1982. Included are previously unavailable tracks and mixes as well as items featuring significant upgrades in sound quality from earlier appearances on other collections. The package also includes a booklet with informative liner-notes and rare photos.

Prior to the early 1980's, it was pure hearsay amongst Beatles aficionados as to what was inside the EMI vaults pertaining to the group's residency at Abbey Road and other studios from 1962 until 1970. Also, very little was known about actual recording dates of their album and singles. Most of the information that was available to fans came from contemporary reports in UK music magazines such as "New Musical Express" or "Melody Maker", or fan mags like "Beatles Monthly". This info, some correct, some not, was then regurgitated in many of the earlier Beatles books, such as Roy Carr and Tony Tyler's "An Illustrated Record" or Harry Castleman and Wally Podrazik's "All Together Now".

All of this uncertainty was to change beginning in 1981. That year, an engineer at Abbey Road named John Barrett found he had cancer, and was looking for a way to occupy his time while undergoing treatment. Ken Townsend, the manager of the studios at the time, thought that finally going through the vaults and seeing exactly was and was not there with regards to the Beatles' many recording sessions would be an excellent task for the ailing engineer.

Barrett ripped into his task with gusto, spending weeks listening through every tape and making up a detailed "catalog" of sorts, with multi-colored tabs and dividers for easy access to the various sections, and color codings for the multitudes of mixes and takes which were included. The first fruits of this research was used on the insert for the box of EMI's "The Beatles Singles Collection" issued in December of 1982, which featured for the first time the recording dates for the tracks enclosed. Also, an informative article in "Record Collector" by Nick Piercey in october 1983 included EMI mouthpiece Mike Heatley using Barrett's guide when answering Piercey's queries about various Beatles recording issues.

Throughout 1982, Barrett was also compiling audio material for a Beatles multi-media show that would take place in the famed Abbey Road Studio 2 while it was being refurbished in the summer of 1983. While this cataloging and assemblage for "The Beatles At Abbey Road" (as the show was to be imaginatively titled) was occurring, Barrett was running cassette dubs of some of the more interesting material for his own use. Some of the material was mixed as he was running his tapes, while some tracks where the original mixes done at the time of the recording sessions. Barrett knew what he was doing; he dubbed off lengendary tracks such as "Leave My Kitten Alone", which had never been issued, as well as the more interesting alternate takes in the vaults like "Norwegian Wood" take one. Also, many of the tracks he dubbed where stereo mixes of titles that at the time hadn't seen the light of day in stereo, or had seen limited release, such as "This Boy".

Meanwhile, the late Roger Scott, a well-known UK disc jockey, was enlisted to do the narration for the "Abbey Road" show, and was given copies of these dubs as well. Scott actually used some of the tracks from these dubs in 1984 (the same year Barrett died, in February) for a 12-hour radio show on the Beatles entitled "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". This material subsequently appeared (taken directly from the radio show discs) on the NEMS release "Not For Sale" in early 1985. Copies of some of the tapes made it into other hands one the Continent, who subsequently issued various series such as "Ultra Rare Trax" on Swingin' Pig, and Yellow Dog's "Unsurpassed Masters", based on the Barrett dubs, mixed with other sources.

However, much of the material dubbed off by Barrett went unissued... until now. Taken from the original cassette dubs, here are a bunch o' Beatles tracks you've never heard in this forum. They are all either different mixes, or significant upgrades from previous appearances, or in some cases, completely unissued.

While John Barrett's name may not be as lengendary in the Beatles' world as other researchers such as Mark Lewisohn, his initial work was the cornerstone for all that is now finally known about the Beatles' recording sessions. In tribute, we hope you enjoy these tapes ... hopefully John Barrett would be happy to know that his efforts were not in vain !

Trevor Osmond Williams, June 1999

(This liner notes' transcription was made by Tilleul, beatleg@infonie.be).

All tracks mixed by John Barrett in 1982 unless otherwise noted.

Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   
1.
Strawberry Fields Forever(Lennon/McCartney)
03:12
Song
Take 7
RM3
29 Nov 1966
The Beatles
Mono. RM3 on 29 Nov 1966.
This is the complete mono mix (RM3) of take 7, which was cross-faded on "Anthology 2" into a newly-created, drums-only mix of take 25. This original mono version was previously only available on an acetate included on Vigotone's "It's Not Too Bad" CD, but it has a count-in here (and is of course taken from tape!).
2.
Strawberry Fields Forever(Lennon/McCartney)
03:08
Song
Take 26
RM9
15 Dec 1966
The Beatles
Mono. RM9 on 15 Dec 1966.
A rough mono mix (RM9 for those of you keeping score) which is new in that it features a rough John Lennon single-tracked vocal over the "orchestral version" (take 26) for the first time. All other mixes of this rendition which have appeared in the past have been in stereo with no complete vocal existing on top of the track.
3.
Penny Lane(Lennon/McCartney)
03:08
Song
Take 9
RM8
12 Jan 1967
The Beatles
Mono. Recorded on 29 dec 1966, January 4-6 & 9-12, 1967. RM8 on 12 Jan 1967.
Another exciting discovery, the complete "oboe" version of "Penny Lane" as originally mixed down to mono (RM8) after recording woodwind and brass overdubs for the track on the 12th of January. Paul took his mix home and realized it needed something else to make it complete, which ended up being a Bach trumpet solo which was recorded five days later. In 1995, a hybrid of the oboe and trumpet versions was mixed for "Anthology 2" but the "oboe only" mix appears here for the first time, complete with some studio noise and a count-in at the beginning.
4.
Penny Lane(Lennon/McCartney)
02:59
Song
Take 9
RM10
17 Jan 1967
The Beatles
Mono. Recorded on 29 dec 1966, January 4-6 & 9-12 & 17, 1967. RM10 on 17 Jan 1967.
Along came David Mason and his Bach Trumpet, and "Penny Lane" was mixed into mono and completed. Or was it ? This mix (RM10), featuring a seven-note ending trumpet figure over the ending, is very close to the RM11 which was shipped to Capitol in th US immediately after its completion, and was used for the initial pressings of the promotional 45's for the song. However, the mix was improved upon on January 25, and RM14 is the one that was used from that point on. RM10 is included here in all of its mono glory.
5.
Penny Lane(Lennon/McCartney)
03:01
Song
Alternate Mix
Barrett
29 Dec 1966
The Beatles
Stereo. Recorded December 29, 1966, January 4-6 & 9-12, 1967. Remixed 1982 by Barrett.
A stereo remix also prepared for the "Abbey Road" presentation, reflecting the final "non-trumpet ending".
6.
A Day In The Life(Lennon/McCartney)
05:07
Song
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
RSx
Barrett Mix
20 Jan 1967
SS.SGT.13.0607.RSx
The Beatles
This is a stereo mix prepared by John Barrett for The Abbey Road Show.

Tilleul's note: Some sources (Sulpy) say it's the same than the "Imagine Soundtrack" mix ... I still have to check that.
Stereo. Recorded January 19-20, February 3 & 10, 1967.
Stereo remix by Barrett again for "The Beatles At Abbey Road". "A Day In The Life" includes John's count-in and therefore a clean guitar intro instead of the cross-faded "Sgt. Pepper" LP version.
7.
Hello Goodbye(Lennon/McCartney)
03:22
Song
Alternate Mix
Barrett
2 Oct 1967
The Beatles
Stereo. Recorded October 2, 19-20 & 25, November 1-2, 1967.
Strings are more proeminent.
8.
Lady Madonna(Lennon/McCartney)
02:15
Song
Alternate Mix
Barrett
3 & 6 Feb 1968
The Beatles
Stereo.
Does not include any of the saxophone overdubs found on the issued mixes.
9.
Hey Jude(Lennon/McCartney)
02:41
Song
Take 9
Barrett
30 Jul 1968
The Beatles
Stereo. (Liner notes indicate that this was recorded on September 16, 1968 -- this is wrong).
Only the "na-na-na" part.
This particular performance of the Fab Four's most popular single was the soundtrack for a staple of Beatles movie marathons over the last 25 years: the clip of the Beatles rehearsing "Hey Jude" for the National Music Council of Great Britain's documentary, "Music!". As this clip was also used in the "Abbey Road" presentation, Barrett found the multi-tracks for the rehearsal and mixed them into stereo to accompany the film.
10.
What's The New Mary Jane?(Lennon/McCartney)
06:06
Song
Take 4
RS?
14 Aug 1968
The Beatles
Stereo. Mixed 14 oct 1968. Mix # unknown.
An infamous unreleased John Lennon composition meant for the "White Album" but dropped when it was decided that one unlistenable track ("Revolution #9") was enough for one album. "Mary Jane" exists in a variety of different mixes, both vintage and more recent. This happens to be one of a six-minute and five-second duration, and one of two mix produced at this October 14 mixing session. After all that effort, "Mary Jane" wouldn't be issued officially until 1996 and "Anthology 3" in a redically remixed form, abeit a more listenable form as well!
11.
Step Inside Love(Lennon/McCartney)
01:32
Song
Outtake
Barrett
16 Sep 1968
The Beatles
Stereo. Recorded during the "I Will" sessions with only John, Paul and Ringo.
"Step Inside Love" and "Los Paranoias" were combined on "Anthology 3" in 1996 but were edited in comparison to their appearance here. "Step Inside Love" is of course a tune Paul gave to Cilla Black and who had recorded it a few months earlier.
12.
Los Paranoias(Lennon/McCartney)
03:57
Song
Outtake
Barrett
16 Sep 1968
The Beatles
Stereo. Recorded during the "I Will" sessions with only John, Paul and Ringo.
"Step Inside Love" and "Los Paranoias" were combined on "Anthology 3" in 1996 but were edited in comparison to their appearance here. "Step Inside Love" is of course a tune Paul gave to Cilla Black and who had recorded it a few months earlier.
13.
The Way You Look Tonight(Lennon/McCartney)
01:11
Song
Outtake
Barrett
16 Sep 1968
The Beatles
Stereo. Recorded during the "I Will" sessions with only John, Paul and Ringo.
"The Way You Look Tonight" has never previously surfaced and is basically the tune of "I Will" with impromptu lyrics.
14.
Can You Take Me Back?(Lennon/McCartney)
01:17
Song
Outtake
Barrett
16 Sep 1968
The Beatles
Stereo. Recorded during the "I Will" sessions with only John, Paul and Ringo.
"Can You Take Me Back" is a never-heard before long version of the link track used between "Cry Baby Cry" and "Revolution #9" on "The Beatles".
 
Rip It Up(Blackwell/Marascalco)
Song
Get Back Session
Barrett
26 Jan 1969
GB26.028
The Beatles
Stereo.
The sessions described as "Hell" by John Lennon, the dreaded "Get Back/Let It Be" project did produce some enjoyable musical moments. Most of them are collected on Vigotone's "As Nature Intended" and "Get Back - The Glyn Johns Final Compilation", but this Barrett mixed medley of old rock'n'roll chestnuts is uncollected on either of those sets.
 
Shake, Rattle And Roll(Calhoun)
Song
Get Back Session
Barrett
26 Jan 1969
GB26.029
The Beatles
Stereo.
The sessions described as "Hell" by John Lennon, the dreaded "Get Back/Let It Be" project did produce some enjoyable musical moments. Most of them are collected on Vigotone's "As Nature Intended" and "Get Back - The Glyn Johns Final Compilation", but this Barrett mixed medley of old rock'n'roll chestnuts is uncollected on either of those sets.
 
Kansas City(Leiber/Stoller)
Song
Get Back Session
Barrett
26 Jan 1969
GB26.030a
The Beatles
Stereo.
The sessions described as "Hell" by John Lennon, the dreaded "Get Back/Let It Be" project did produce some enjoyable musical moments. Most of them are collected on Vigotone's "As Nature Intended" and "Get Back - The Glyn Johns Final Compilation", but this Barrett mixed medley of old rock'n'roll chestnuts is uncollected on either of those sets.
 
Miss Ann(Johnson/Penniman)
Song
Get Back Session
Barrett
26 Jan 1969
GB26.030b
The Beatles
Stereo.
The sessions described as "Hell" by John Lennon, the dreaded "Get Back/Let It Be" project did produce some enjoyable musical moments. Most of them are collected on Vigotone's "As Nature Intended" and "Get Back - The Glyn Johns Final Compilation", but this Barrett mixed medley of old rock'n'roll chestnuts is uncollected on either of those sets.
 
Lawdy Miss Clawdy(Price)
Song
Get Back Session
Barrett
26 Jan 1969
GB26.030c
The Beatles
Stereo.
The sessions described as "Hell" by John Lennon, the dreaded "Get Back/Let It Be" project did produce some enjoyable musical moments. Most of them are collected on Vigotone's "As Nature Intended" and "Get Back - The Glyn Johns Final Compilation", but this Barrett mixed medley of old rock'n'roll chestnuts is uncollected on either of those sets.
17.
Blue Suede Shoes(Perkins)
02:16
Song
Get Back Session
Barrett
26 Jan 1969
GB26.031
The Beatles
Stereo.
The sessions described as "Hell" by John Lennon, the dreaded "Get Back/Let It Be" project did produce some enjoyable musical moments. Most of them are collected on Vigotone's "As Nature Intended" and "Get Back - The Glyn Johns Final Compilation", but this Barrett mixed medley of old rock'n'roll chestnuts is uncollected on either of those sets.
 
Cannonball(Hazelwood/Eddy)
Song
Get Back Session
Barrett
29 Jan 1969
GB29.007a
The Beatles
Stereo.
Not listed.
 
Not Fade Away(Hardin/Petty)
Song
Get Back Session
Barrett
29 Jan 1969
GB29.007b
The Beatles
Stereo.
The first appearance of this track in stereo. A very loose rendition and another indication that Buddy Holly remained a fab favorite to the end.
 
Hey Little Girl (In The High School Sweater)(Stevenson/Blackwell)
Song
Get Back Session
Barrett
29 Jan 1969
GB29.007c
The Beatles
Stereo.
Not listed.
 
Bo Diddley(McDaniel)
Song
Get Back Session
Barrett
29 Jan 1969
GB29.007d
The Beatles
Stereo.
Not listed.
About 40 seconds longer than the usual version.
19.
Because(Lennon/McCartney)
02:15
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Take 16
Abbey Road Show
5 Aug 1969
SS.AR.08.16.ARS
The Beatles
First half a capella, rest sounds like commercial version
Alternate mix unique to this presentation.

This version was prepared by engineer John Barrett in the early eighties and was part of the "Abbey Road Show" in 1983.
We end our trawl through the John Barrett tapes with one of the more effective ideas he utilized for "The Beatles At Abbey Road": a vocal-only mix of "Because" from 1969's Abbey Road. Actually, it's vocals-only for half the song, with the synthsizer coming in a the "Love is old, love is new" section, but features a new mix throughout the track.
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
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Reviews

Review by: François Vander Linden, beatleg@infonie.beOn 13 Sep 1999
CD 2 of the newly found Barrett tapes...

The two Strawberry Fields Forever were already available in another mix and the differences here are rather subtle...

The complete "oboe" version of Penny Lane is interesting since we only had half of this version because of the Anthology edit. The other two Penny Lane feature only subtle differences.

The Barrett mixes of A Day In The Life, Hello Goodbye and Lady Madonna are quite different than the released versions. It's too bad that these are not mixes requested or made by The Beatles because although interesting, they sound rather artificial.

Hey Jude is the same Rehearsal Take 9 as always... except that it's a Barrett mix.

What's The New Mary Jane is an unreleased mix from 1968 and it's great (if you like this song). The differences are obvious and numerous.

Step Inside Love is the same as on Anthology, only a Barrett mix.
Los Paranoias is at last complete and it's a great track ! It has Paul improvising Latin-like melody and you realize how big is his comprehension of all kind of music just by hearing this 4 minute track. Absolutely essential !
The Way You Look Tonight is basically the tune of "I Will". By hearing it you understand why Paul consider it as one of his best songs. Also you understand why it took so much time to write the lyrics.
Can You Take Me Back is much longer than what is available on the White Album. I won't say this is a nice song, it's only an interesting improvisation.

The Barrett mixes of the Get Back Sessions tracks although not quite different to what's available are interesting because they are enjoyable (as always) but also because they are longer than the usual tapes (particularly the Not Fade Away medley).

Because was already available on "1983 Abbey Road Show" but is certainly more interesting in this form than the "All-A-Capella" version.

The unreleased tracks on this 2-CD set justify the aquisition of this set. If it had been only for the alternate Barrett mixes, I would probably have recommended it only to completists because mixing only means presenting the Beatles work in another form and I don't like alternate mixes enough to say whether Barrett made a good job or not.

But the presentation, the packaging, the featured material are really excellent here, so... get it now !
Review by: jason, jason@adderley.comOn 27 Apr 2000
I found "Turn Me On...", to be a worthwhile addition to my Beatles CDs. I wouldn't describe this as a waste of money, unless you have the material in better quality elsewhere(?).

Having heard many other Beatlegs, this one stands out as a 'must have' in my opinion. Likely a far better choice than the expensive Mythology boxsets, which have much of this same Barrett material padded out with slightly-upgraded BBC tracks, and numerous interviews interspersed throughout 10+ CDs.
Review by: david scott, D.J.Scott@herts.ac.ukOn 12 Dec 2001
Ive been looking for this title for the past 1year 1/2, and have finally found it! the quality of the trracks is truely astounding, with tracks that ive never beforee even heard. ONE of the highlights for me was take2 of "this bird has flown"(in amazing quality), but that is not forgetting the ad-libbs from the "i will" sessions.
BE WARNED: if you DO spot this title, for christ sake check the cd's INSIDE!!!!!!!!! as i have found this title with the WRONG cd's in on a number of occassions, and they do NOT contain the songs they sy............you've been warned.
Review by: MrkitesbenefitsOn 23 May 2002 at 12:55 CET
Review by: awilson8On 24 May 2002 at 07:29 CET
The Barrett tapes are a worthy addition to anyone's collection. The sound quality and packaging are excellent. The Barrett remixes cast a different view on the songs that I find leads to a greater appreciation of the Beatles songwriting and arranging capabilities. Vigotone rules!
Review by: foolonthehillOn 01 Jul 2003 at 23:47 CET
Just as I said for Disc One, this is a great collection. The remixes of Hello Goodbye, Lady Madonna, etc. are refreshing after hearing the same old mixes all the time. But I must say that the money you spend on this collection is worth it for tracks 11-14 alone. These somewhat impromptu recordings from the I Will sessions are brilliant and a must-hear for any Beatles fan. All in all, a fabulous set! Thanks Vigotone!
Review by: PeterWMKOn 24 Oct 2003 at 17:02 CET
great sounds, but why some songs a few times on just one disc, especially on disc one

anyway nearly perfect
Review by: Dan RyanOn 25 Oct 2003 at 14:33 CET
Not as good as Disc 1 due to the Get Back/Let It Be tracks.
Review by: kurtmaxOn 13 Apr 2004 at 03:46 CET
I liked this pretty well. The "I Will" session stuff is fantastic!
Review by: polo_zappa xOn 16 Feb 2006 at 00:34 CET
MasterpieceĦ


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Filename: vt179
Originally filled by: François Vander Linden, beatleg@infonie.be
Date of creation: 06 Oct 2001 23:59:59
Last filled by: François Vander Linden, beatleg@easynet.be
Last Revision Date : 13 Dec 2000 00:00:00
Online on : 16 Dec 2001
Type of media: Bootleg CD
Turn Me On Dead Man
TURN ME ON DEAD MAN: THE JOHN BARRETT TAPES (DISC 1)
TURN ME ON DEAD MAN: THE JOHN BARRETT TAPES (DISC 2)


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