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17 November, 2008 - Published 12:25 GMT
Lost Beatles record still exists
Sir Paul McCartney has said he wants to release an experimental track recorded by the Beatles in the 1960s. The piece, called 'Carnival of Light', has only been heard once in public, more than forty years ago, and has never been released in any format. Rob Norris reports:
It's the mythical lost Beatles track - the subject of rumour and speculation among the group's millions of fans worldwide for decades.
Now, Paul McCartney has confirmed to the BBC that 'Carnival of Light' does still exist, and that he has the master tape. It's fourteen minutes long - a weird jumble of shrieking and psychedelic effects. Paul was asked to record it for an electronic music festival in 1967, where it was played only once. He told the BBC how he asked the other members of the Beatles to help him with it:
Before he can release the track, he has to get permission from the other surviving Beatle, Ringo Starr, and the estates of John Lennon and George Harrison. Before he died, George said it was too avant-garde, but Paul believes that the time has now come for the public to hear it, to show how experimental the Beatles were in the studio. He says he was inspired by the avant-garde composers John Cage and Karl Stockhausen.
Some of the Beatles other sonic innovations are already world famous - there's a sound collage called 'Revolution 9' on the White Album for example. But this piece, if it surfaces, may prove to be the strangest piece that the Beatles ever recorded.
Rob Norris, BBC
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