Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Getting To The Point

#2: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Following on from my previous article entitled "Beatles Forever", it's time to look at the track list of this originally intended double album "Secret Messages". Here is the originally intended track listing:

Side A: "Secret Messages" (4:51) ~ "Loser Gone Wild" (5:17) ~ "Bluebird" (4:13) ~ "Take Me On And On" (5:02) Side B: "Stranger" (4:30) ~ "No Way Out" (3:27) ~ "Beatles Forever" (4:30) ~ "Letter From Spain" (2:59) ~ "Danger Ahead" (3:47) Side C: "Four Little Diamonds" (4:12) ~ "Train Of Gold" (4:22) ~ "Endless Lies" (3:35) ~ "Buildings Have Eyes" (4:04) ~ "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" (3:10) Side D: "Mandalay" (5:20) ~ "Time After Time" (3:56) ~ "After All" (0:41) ~ "Hello My Old Friend" (8:37)

Obviously, all eleven trax from the single LP version (#JETLX527) are here plus seven additional trax in "No Way Out", "Beatles Forever", "Endless Lies" (not the 1986 version found on "Balance Of Power" but the original 1983 version), "Buildings Have Eyes", "Mandalay", "After All" and "Hello My Old Friend" not forgetting "Time After Time" which was released on the original cassette format (#JETCX527) of the album.
So we have these 'extra' tracks from the Hilversum sessions that we can locate and obtain on various later releases (more on that soon). The one track, of all eighteen, that remains elusive is "Beatles Forever". Wikipedia says this about it: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatles_Forever

Yours Truly KJS always been enamored with the "Secret Messages" album. I think it was vastly underrated. So to find out in the later eighties that it should have been a double album (#JETDP402) and then to identify six out of seven of the 'missing' songs leaves us with the tantalizing and enigmatic "Beatles Forever" outstanding. It's my hobby, an interest but never an obsession. I think it would be nice to close the chapter with a full reissue of this classic 1983 album - that's all. The jewel in the crown (hence the above title being ELO Beatles Forever), would be "Beatles Forever" in its proper place. My next article will cover the various releases of those six 'lost' songs and where to find them before addressing "Beatles Forever" in more detail after that.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 03-Feb-2009

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