Beatles scholar Mark Lewisohn told Beatles Examiner Aug. 19 that a 14-minute track being labeled as the Beatles' avant-garde romp "Carnival of Light" is not the unreleased song.
"That's not it," he told us.
On Aug. 18, Beats Per Minute put up the track that the blog claims is the unreleased track made by Paul McCartney and the Beatles in 1967 for The Million Volt Light and Sound Rave. The song was never played elsewhere.
It's not the first time someone has tried to pass off a fake track. Several years ago another one that was clearly fake filled with buzzing, backwards sounds and random guitar notes.
This one is also not all new, either, and is pretty obviously fake. Part of it appears to have been lifted from an earlier fake that turned up on a bootleg called “Carnival of Light: Fakes, Frauds and Phonies.”
And though there are clearly some Beatles sounds audible, several are lifted from “Revolution No. 9,” recorded the year after “Carnival of Light,” like Lennon saying “The Watusi. The Twist.” Also heard are Ringo's drums from “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Several commentators on the BPM website dismissed the whole thing outright.
Listen for yourself at the link.
Paul McCartney had suggested releasing the track as part of "The Beatles Anthology," but was voted down. We asked several Beatles authors and experts about releasing it in 2009.
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