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Beatles Reunited: Photographs (1974)

February 22nd, 2018 Leave a comment Go to comments

It’s two years after the alternate history Smile Away album of 1972; and here is the 1974 double album. The title of the last album was drawn from a Paul track; this one uses the plural of a Starr-Harrison song.

Another Ringo song comes very close to a being Beatles record in the post-split period: I’m The Greatest it features three Beatles in Ringo, John (who wrote it) and George. The third Ringo number made the cut only by squeezing shut an eye: All By Myself was written by Ringo with Vini Poncia (who in 1964 wrote a song titled Ringo I Love You for Bonnie Jo Mason, who soon after that became known as Cher). Let’s imagine Ringo passed it off as his own track until the album credits had to be written.

For George the period 1973-74 was pretty shallow; he gave three tracks (and his half of Photograph) to this album. I suppose his Sue Me, Sue You Blues might have needed a tweak in lyrics since the band hasn’t broken up and sued one another.

Paul and John obviously dominate here. John gets one song more than Paul, which I’m sure would have caused friction. But Paul could have given The Beatles the superb Live And Let Die, but he had to release it as a solo single (of course he would have)!

Obviously one can argue all night about my choices for this double LP, and even about its title (a quite ferocious critic last time around was quite certain that The Beatles would never have called an album Smile Away. I suspect that his mindreading skills are superior to mine, but, well, in my alternate history they damn well did). Alternate histories aren’t science; the fun is in discussing whether one’s idea of might have been coincide with that of another. But one ought to be civil about it.

These “Beatles Reunited” mixes are in a way inspired by Peter Lee’s commendable alternative-history novel The Life And Death of Mal Evans which is available in print or eBook from avonypublishing.com or from Amazon or Kobo. Also check out Peter’s blog of the book.

The set fits on a standard CD-R and includes very literal covers. PW in comments.

Side 1
1. What You Got (John)
2. Jet (Paul)
3. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) (George)
4. Photograph (Ringo)
5. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night (John)

Side 2
6. Band On The Run (Paul)
7. Nobody Loves You When You’re Down (John)
8. Sue Me, Sue You Blues (George)
9. Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple) (John)

Side 3
10. Junior’s Farm (Paul)
11. I’m The Greatest (Ringo)
12. Let Me Roll It (Paul)
13. My Love (Paul)
14. # 9 Dream (John)

Side 4
15. All By Myself (Ringo)
16. Mind Games (John)
17. Helen Wheels (Paul)
18. Dark Horse (George)
19. Steel And Glass (John)


Previous Beatles Reunited albums:
Everest (1971)
Live ’72 (1972)
Smile Away (1972)
Photographs (1974)
77 (1977)
Let It See (1980)

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  1. halfhearteddude
    February 22nd, 2018 at 14:42 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. Dave B
    February 24th, 2018 at 21:21 | #2

    Sounds like you’re braced for the return of “m” who is still under your skin.
    If I had read Peter Lee’s book, I might find this fantasy more interesting. As it is, I’m just as likely to find myself wondering what the world would be like if there had never been The Beatles.

  3. Rhodb
    February 24th, 2018 at 21:32 | #3

    Thanks Amd

    Always enjoy the Beatles comps.



  4. February 26th, 2018 at 23:25 | #4

    thanks very much for your time and work. definitely looking forward to this latest comp.

  5. Dan Margherita
    March 4th, 2018 at 22:43 | #5

    Happiest song I’ve ever heard: “Tokeymore Field” by Klaatu from the album “Sir Army Suit”

  6. greg
    March 6th, 2018 at 20:41 | #6

    Thank you for the reunited Beatles series. Will there be more? Your talk of Peter Lee’s book will now send me to the web in search of it. Sounds like a fun read! Thanks again for sharing!

  7. halfhearteddude
    March 7th, 2018 at 08:07 | #7

    I have two more in mind. The book is a fun read; I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

  8. Le Rapailleur Musical
    November 30th, 2021 at 20:20 | #8

    Nice blog that please my soul

    Could you re-post this link

    Merci beaucoup

  9. amdwhah
    December 3rd, 2021 at 13:41 | #9

    Thank you. The links are back up.

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