Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Holy Grail Recording #1 - We Can Work It Out (live) (1965)

In this series, In The Life Of...The Beatles presents the top 10 unreleased recordings of the Beatles.

In my personal opinion, the most desirable unreleased recording of the Beatles is a live performance of "We Can Work It Out" -- which may not exist at all. Perhaps the rarest of Beatles live songs, "We Can Work It Out" was performed for a brief time during the Beatles' British tour in December 1965, following the release of the double-A-sided "We Can Work It Out"/"Day Tripper."

Unless some enterprising person recorded this using a portable tape recorder (itself somewhat of a rarity in 1965), then a live performance of this song may be lost to history. It would be interesting to hear how the harmonies translated in a live setting of this wonderful song -- a great single and a true Lennon/McCartney collaboration. For now, all we have are pictures from the tour, showing both Paul and John on organ (presented at right) and Robert Murray's attempt at coming up with what it may have sounded like, presented below, along with the Beatles miming the song from the television special, The Music of Lennon & McCartney.

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