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2002-Sep-15: Sir Paul to Release the Beatles' Carnival of Light

During the summer of 2001, we reported that Sir Paul was working on a project involving an unreleased Beatles track called Carnival of Light.  (see June 3, 2001)   Today's Sunday Times reports that Sir Paul is planning to release the recording as the soundtrack to a "photofilm" about the Beatles that Sir Paul has complied from a montage of 4000 Beatles photographs taken by Linda McCartney between 1967-1970.  It is a project that Sir Paul and Linda were working on before her death.  Now he has completed it.

The 14-minute song was recorded by the Beatles at the Abbey Road studios during the Sergeant Pepper sessions.  It was only played once in public (on tape) during an avant-garde festival at Roundhouse in London's Chalk Farm back in January of 1967.  At the time, few people recognized it as a Beatles' piece.  Beatles' expert, author Keith Badman, says about Carnival of Light:

"It is shrouded in mystery. Unless you were in the Roundhouse on January 5, 1967, you haven't heard it.  Paul has been keen to get it out because it was always John that was credited with his avant-garde Revolution 9 and Two Virgins music but Paul says, 'Excuse me, I was doing it first'."
George Martin recalls:
"It was one of those weird things. It was a kind of uncomposed, free-for-all melange of sound that went on. It was not considered worthy of issuing as a normal piece of Beatles music at the time and was put away."
Sir Paul wanted to take it out again in the 1990s and release it as one of the Anthology studio out-takes, but George Harrison opposed the idea saying the recording was "too far out".

But now, from his rehearsal studios in Los Angeles, Sir Paul has confirmed that he will soon release the mostly  instrumental track which is describes as sounding "like nothing you have ever heard from the Beatles before".  The release date has yet to be announced.
 

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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