Mysterious Beatles track surfaces online


The Beatles, shortly before their first meeting with the Mahesh Yogi.

Holy grail or great deceit? Anyone who remember the final scene of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade knows it's not a light question.

Over the weekend, a mysterious Beatles track appeared online, posted by YouTube user Fab4Art. It is the long-sought 20th take of the song Revolution #1, a song that has been oft spoken of, and has popped up in impure forms over the years since the announcement of its existence.

But at last, there seems to be something of very real value here-- the 10-minute song includes audible studio direction from the engineer, light conversation before the performance by George and John, and a dizzying noise crescendo that leaves little doubt that this is, indeed, the genuine article.

Gimme Noise's take? If it's a hoax, it's good enough to fool Scully and Mulder. The voices near the end of the song are easily identifiable as Lennon and Yoko, and the opening five minutes are a very close but inexact facsimile of the released version. Since there's certainly no mistaking Lennon's singing voice, this part of the tape can be clearly identified as an unused take of the song. Reproducing the take well enough to fool the throngs of Beatlemaniacs world-wide would be so vast an undertaking it likely couldn't be executed without someone finding out about it.

But don't take our word for it-- listen for yourself. But remember-- as the wise old knight at the end of Last Crusade advised Indy, "choose wisely." You don't want to end up on the wrong side of the facts when it comes to this internet debate.