Although albums like Rock ‘n’ Roll Music (1976), Love Songs (1977) and Reel Music (1982) have all yet to be released in any CD or digital format, Apple and EMI are reviving the spirit of those LP compilations with a new release available exclusively as an “iTunes LP.” Tomorrow Never Knows, subtitled File Under “Rock,” collects fourteen of The Beatles’ heaviest tracks including the psychedelic title track from 1966’s Revolver.
Somewhat surprisingly, some harder-edged hits have been eschewed; while there’s no “Come Together” or “Get Back,” you’ll hear “Savoy Truffle” and “It’s All Too Much.” The earliest track dates back to 1964 with “You Can’t Do That,” first released as the B-side to “Can’t Buy Me Love” and also included on the U.K. Hard Day’s Night album. From 1965 comes the B-side to “Help!” (another rocking song itself, it must be said), the frenetic “I’m Down.” But the majority of the songs on Tomorrow Never Knows hail from 1966 and beyond, with three songs apiece from Revolver and The Beatles (1968). Revolver, of course, emphasized a more electric rock sound after the folk-influenced Rubber Soul, and it was also the last album that the American Capitol label would alter from its original U.K. form. (The American edition of Rubber Soul had even more of a folk-rock flavor than its British counterpart thanks to Capitol's inclusion of “I’ve Just Seen a Face” and “It’s Only Love” and the removal of four songs including “Nowhere Man” and “Drive My Car.”)
After the jump, we have more info including the complete track listing with discography!
Two of the more unusual tracks on the compilation are derived from latter-day projects. “The End,” appropriately enough, was the last song recorded collectively by all four of the Beatles, and closes out the lengthy medley on the second side of 1969’s Abbey Road. (Though recorded later, Abbey Road actually arrived in stores before Let It Be.) Rather than the familiar album version, however, the compilers have opted for the Anthology 3 take first released in 1996. This remix restores the guitar and tambourine parts played (but originally mixed out) during Ringo Starr’s impressive drum solo. From 2003’s Let It Be Naked comes a stripped-down version of “I’ve Got a Feeling,” originally on the 1970 Let It Be album as controversially overseen by producer Phil Spector.
iTunes has released Tomorrow Never Knows in conjunction with the original promo video for “Hey, Bulldog,” which can be streamed on iTunes. The compilation album also includes an introductory note from Macca pal Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. The iTunes LP is currently selling for $7.99, or $1.29 for each of the album’s fourteen tracks. It’s available now! And we'd like to use this opportunity to ask you: should EMI take advantage of the digital platform to reissue the best-selling LP compilations of the past (generally unauthorized by The Beatles), some of which we mentioned above? Would you still like to see physical releases of those long-lost titles? And how about Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, anybody? It's arguably the most major part of the Beatles' recorded legacy to have been ignored in the CD era. Sound off below!
The Beatles, Tomorrow Never Knows: File Under “Rock” (Apple/EMI – digital-only, 2012)
- Paperback Writer
- And Your Bird Can Sing
- Helter Skelter
- Savoy Truffle
- I’m Down
- I’ve Got a Feeling (Naked Version)
- Back in the U.S.S.R.
- You Can’t Do That
- It’s All Too Much
- She Said She Said
- Hey Bulldog
- Tomorrow Never Knows
- The End (Anthology 3 Version)
Track 1 from Apple single R-5722 (UK), 1968
Track 2 from Parlophone single R-5452 (UK), 1966
Tracks 3, 11 & 13 from Revolver, Parlophone LP 7009 (UK), 1966
Tracks 4, 5 & 8 from The Beatles, Parlophone LP 7067/8 (UK), 1968
Track 6 from Parlophone single R-5305 (UK), 1965
Track 7 from Let It Be Naked, Apple/EMI 7243 5 95438 0 2, 2003
Track 9 from A Hard Day’s Night, Parlophone LP 1230 (UK), 1964
Tracks 10 & 12 from Yellow Submarine, Apple LP PCS-7070 (UK), 1969
Track 14 from Anthology 3, Apple 7243 8 34451 2 7, 1996