Some Beatles Fans Shocked as Found Tape Talks Abbey Road Follow Up

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Beatles Fans Shocked- Found Tape Talks Abbey Road Follow Up
The quote was, ‘This tape rewrites everything we knew about the Beatles’ Mark Lewisohn who is an expert on the Fab Four has a tape of their last meeting. It’s a tape that has inspired a new stage show.

The meeting happened 50 years ago on September 8, 1969, and shows the tension that led to their breakup but also there was a chance of a followup to Abbey Road. This conversation after “Abbey Road” (which was their last album) was finished but not released yet. The band made a tape because Ringo was in the hospital for an intestinal problem so John bought a cassette recorder to record the meeting so Ringo wouldn’t feel left out while they talked at Abbey Road headquarters. As John turns on the tape-recorded John is heard saying, “Ringo – you can’t be here, but this is so you can hear what we’re discussing.”

Lewisohn said, “The books have always told us that they knew Abbey Road was their last album and they wanted to go out on an artistic high. But no – they’re discussing the next album. And you think that John is the one who wanted to break them up but when you hear this, he isn’t. Doesn’t that rewrite pretty much everything we thought we knew?”

The tape also has John suggesting a new formula for the band where George would have more songs on the album where John, Paul, and George would each have 4 songs and Ringo could have four if he wanted them. John also suggests that the Lennon/McCartney writing credits should end and individually credited from that point on. As most of you know everything was Lennon/McCartney no matter if John or Paul wrote it. Concerning George having more tunes Paul is heard saying, “I thought until this album that George’s songs weren’t that good,” to which George responds, “That’s a matter of taste. All down the line, people have liked my songs.” Then John gets involved again telling Paul nobody else in the group like Maxwell’s Silver Hammer from Abbey Road and it should have been given to other artists Mary Hopkin who was signed to the Beatles Apple label. John even suggested that Paul didn’t even like it. On the tape, Paul says, “I recorded it because I liked it.”

A new stage play called Hornsey Road looks at the breakup of the Beatles using tape, film, photographs, new audio mixes of the music. Lewisohn says, “It’s a story of the people, the art, the people around them, the lives they were leading, and the break-up,” He has written many books on the Beatles. – by John Beaudin

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