The Beatles

It’s unfortunate but inevitable that the very personal forces that fueled the Beatles’ incredible music should also split the band apart.

Following the death of Beatles manager Brian Epstein in 1967 and a disastrous stint on the Maharishi’s Indian compound in early 1968, the Beatles entered a rocky descent into breakup. Their first album post-Maharishi–The Beatles, AKA “The White Album”–was jam-packed with colorful, delightfully idiosyncratic songs hatched primarily in India and lacking the overarching sounds that tended to flavor Beatles albums before. But this independnece of sound mirrored the bandmates’ increasing interpersonal distance and willfullness toward the band’s direction. Nearly all tracks on The Beatles lack at least one of the four members, and many have only two, if even that. The band would rally on for another couple of albums’ worth of material, but the Beatles were fast becoming four guys unhappily stuck together.

At any rate, here are The Kinfauns Demos. Named for and recorded at George’s house Kinfauns shortly after arriving back from India, the tracks are demos (or “routine” tracks), and consequently are rough but still quite charming. Several can also be found on Anthology 3, but the rest have not been released officially–all are collected here. Two tracks, “Sour Milk Sea” and “Circles”, have never been officially released. You’ll recognize “Child Of Nature” as “Jealous Guy” in its infant form. Some tracks would appear on The Beatles, some later on Abbey Road. Some would drop off the Beatles radar totally, appearing much later on solo albums.

This is a drop in the bucket of Beatles bootlegs available, but The Kinfauns Demos are sketchy acoustic tracks that have held up very well and make for a great album all their own. (Lo-fi DIY bands, take note.)

Track listing:

  1. Julia
  2. Blackbird
  3. Rocky Raccoon
  4. Back In The USSR
  5. Honey Pie
  6. Mother Nature’s Son
  7. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  8. Junk
  9. Dear Prudence
  10. Sexy Sadie
  11. Cry, Baby, Cry
  12. Child Of Nature
  13. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
  14. I’m So Tired
  15. Yer Blues
  16. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  17. What’s The New Mary Jane?
  18. Revolution
  19. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  20. Circles
  21. Sour Milk Sea
  22. Not Guilty
  23. Piggies
  24. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
  25. Mean Mister Mustard
  26. Polythene Pam
  27. Glass Onion
  28. Junk
  29. Honey Pie

1968 – The Kinfauns Demos – 192kbps (Part I)
1968 – The Kinfauns Demos – 192kbps (Part II)