For a band that has been a global phenomenon for nearly half a century, and has been so heavily archived to boot, it’s impressive how much of a storm The Beatles can still brew up.
Yesterday, someone on YouTube leaked what was purported to be an unreleased cut by the Fab Four — specifically a lengthy, doo-wop version of Revolution 1.
This track, supposedly Take 20 from the recording sessions, begins with John Lennon squealing “take yr knickers off and let’s go!” before the band settles into a loose, stoned saunter through the song. The real kicks begin halfway through when the take dissolves into a collage of tape-loops, feedback and vocal improvisations.
It’s anyone’s guess whether the cut has truly seeped from some secret vault or if it’s the work of a dedicated—and rather creative—contemporary remixer. Beatles guru Richie Unterberger is claiming the tune sounds real, though his rationale is basically that the voice at the beginning of the tape sounds like John and he wouldn’t put it past the group to make such a version. Not exactly debate-winning arguments.
One more potentially revealing piece of evidence is that EMI swooped in scary-fast and took down all the YouTube vids that contained the track.
Thankfully, nothing ever truly vanishes from the web: You can stream the track in its entirety here.