The Beatles' secret plan to go out in style with a final album is revealed in a previously unheard of tape from the 1969 meeting – so was Yoko REALLY guilty of the group's death?
- Tape dates from 8 September 1969 in a meeting between a part of the band
- It contains a chat between Lennon, McCartney and Harrison about a new album
- Starr is absent at that time because he was in the hospital with bowel problems
A newly excavated recording of The Beatles shows that they wanted to record a final album and went on a high – questioning the rumor that Yoko Ono broke the Fab Four.
The tape – dating from 8 September 1969 – contains a conversation between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison at Apple's headquarters in Savile Row.
It was only two weeks after they finished taking Abbey Road, and Ringo Starr was unable to make it because he was being tested for bowel problems in the hospital.
Fab Four fans have long despised Yoko Ono for the breakup of The Beatles.
But the new audio suggests that the band, far from being thrown into each other's throats in 1969, was planning a new album and wanted to release a single in time for Christmas.
The tape – dating from 8 September 1969 – contains a conversation between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison at Apple's headquarters in Savile Row
Fab Four fans have taunted Yoko Ono for a long time before the Beatles fell apart, but the new audio suggests that the band was planning far from each other's throats, was planning a new album and wanted to release a single for Christmas
& # 39; Ringo, you can't be here, but this is so you can hear what we're discussing & # 39 ;, Lennon says in the recording The Guardian by Beatles historian and writer Mark Lewisohn.
The singer then suggests that each member of the band brings four songs to the new album, with Ringo getting two & # 39; if he wants them & # 39 ;.
Lennon also refers to the & # 39; Lennon-McCartney Myth & # 39 ;, suggesting that each of their numbers should be credited separately.
Beatles historian and writer Mark Lewisohn (photo) said the excavated recording was a & # 39; revelation & # 39; used to be
Previously the duo was presented to the public as a collaboration for writing songs.
McCartney then hears questions about the song that Harrison wrote for the recently recorded Abbey Road.
He says: & # 39; I thought to this album that George & # 39; s songs were not so good. & # 39;
Harrison, who wrote Something and Here Comes The Sun, answers quickly: & that is a matter of taste. Across the board, people have enjoyed my songs. & # 39;
And Lennon intervenes to say that no one in the band was a fan of McCartney & # 39; s Maxwell & # 39; s Silver Hammer, also on Abbey Road.
But McCartney insisted: & # 39; I recorded it because I liked it. & # 39;
Lewisohn – who wrote The Beatles: All These Years – says the excavated recording is a & # 39; revelation & # 39; is.
He adds: & # 39; The books have always told us that they knew Abbey Road was their last album and that they wanted to go out on an artistic high.
& # 39; But no – they are discussing the next album. And you think John was the one she wanted to take apart, but when you hear this, he isn't.
& # 39; Doesn't that rewrite just about everything we thought we knew? & # 39;
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