Sunday, September 06, 2009

"12-Bar Original"

"12-Bar Original" is an instrumental song by The Beatles. It was recorded in 1965, but was not commercially available until 1996 when an edited version of Take 2 of this song was included on the Anthology 2 album; the full version is almost 7 minutes long.

It is one of the few songs credited to Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey; and it is copyrighted by MPL Communications Ltd, Lenono Music, Harrisongs, and Startling Music Ltd.

Only John Lennon and Ringo Starr ever commented on the song. Lennon during a U.S. radio interview when asked if there were any unissued Beatles recordings, he replied that the only thing he could recall was "some lousy 12-bar." Ringo Starr told Journalist Peter Palmiere that "We all wrote the track and I have an acetate of one of the versions." The quote was later used by Palmiere in a Ringo Starr Cover interview/story in DISCoveries magazine in 1993 and by Jim Berkenstadt and Belmo in their book Black Market Beatles.

"12-Bar Original" was The Beatles' first instrumental after signing for EMI and was produced by George Martin at Abbey Road Studios, London.


* John Lennon – guitar
* Paul McCartney – bass
* George Harrison – guitar
* Ringo Starr – drums
* George Martin – harmonium

Album: Anthology 2
Released: March 18, 1996 (UK) / March 19, 1996 (US)
Recorded: November 4, 1965
Genre: Blues
Length: 2:54
Label: Apple Records
Writer: Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey
Producer: George Martin


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