K-Chuck Radio: Making Beatles where Beatles Weren’t Beating …

This year is the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ album Abbey Road.  A fantastic album, for sure.  Full of classic Beatles tracks.  After this came the soundtrack to the motion picture Let it Be, and then a series of repackagings from their record label – two greatest hits albums (the “red” and the “blue” albums), Rock and Roll Music (a two-LP set of their uptempo tracks), The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl (you get a full concert and lots of cheering for 30 minutes of listening pleasure!), Rarities (a disc of odds and sods), the three Beatles Anthology releases, various re-recordings and remasterings and whatnot.

But what if I told you that there are Beatles recordings that … well … may have existed had the Beatles not gone their separate ways?

Pshaw, you say to me.  Right, Chuck, what, Paul McCartney’s dead too?

Nah, I did that blog post a few months ago.

No, this blog post actually features various Beatles – both as a group and as solo artists – with some heavy editing by various fans and aficionados to create a new sonic Beatles experience.

No, don’t cover your ears.  Some of this is interesting.  Trust me.

How else could you hear songs like …

THE BEATLES
Four Guys
from the LP “Everyday Chemistry”

The theory behind the “Everyday Chemistry” album is that – follow me, this can get surreal – some Beatles fan traveled to another dimension, a mirror universe where the Beatles never broke up, and he returned to our dimension with a cassette tape of the Beatles’ next LP, Everyday Chemistry, in which all the songs are mash-ups of solo Beatles songs.  This track, “Four Guys,” contains Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Band on the Run,” George Harrison’s “When We Was Fab,” and a track from a Yoko Ono recording session.

THE BEATLES
Soldier Boy
from the album “Everyday Chemistry”

Here’s another one from this “Everyday Chemistry” album, in which the John Lennon song “Isolation” is married to the Wings song “Listen To What the Man Said.”  Hmm…

THE BEACHLES
That’s Not Lucy
From the album “Sgt. Petsound’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

I’m not sure what to make of this … but someone thought it would be a unique result to solder the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” LP to the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP.  Honestly … this is just straight-up awful.  Blecch.

THE BEACHLES
You Still Believe In My Friends
From the album “Sgt. Petsound’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Look, if you can’t get the time signatures to work together, and if you can’t get the melodies to match up … then DON’T FREAKING DO THIS!!  AAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!

THE BEATLES with JAY-Z
The Grey Album

I knew it!  Jay-Z was the 5th Beatle after all!

Here’s another example of two albums getting a mashup treatment – the Beatles’ “White Album” versus Jay-Z’s “Black Album,” combined by DJ Danger Mouse as the “Grey Album.”  Well, at least it sounds better than that Beatles-Beach Boys mashup earlier…

But then again … if I want to see someone blend up the Beatles into a new and unique styling …

PASSION
Let’s Do It in the 80’s

That’s right … Way back in 1980, someone crammed dozens of Beatles songs into a mix with other popular tracks, and released this as a bootleg disco hit.  Among the tracks they used was the Shocking Blue song “Venus,” and when one of the copyright holders heard that the track was part of this bootleg, he created his own melange based on the underground mash-up …

You might have heard of it.

STARS ON 45
Medley

I don’t know … maybe it just shows that the Beatles are more than the sum of their parts.  Or maybe it’s just that some of their parts have more sum than one would part with.

Right here on K-Chuck Radio!