In which things take a dark turn.

Track Listing:

Beware of Darkness (George)
“‘Here Comes The Sun’ played when Ivanka Trump took the podium at the Republican National Convention, where she spoke on behalf of her father, Donald Trump. The Harrison estate suggested that this song would have been a better choice, Tweeting: ‘The unauthorized use of #HereComestheSun at the #RNCinCLE is offensive & against the wishes of the George Harrison estate. If it had been Beware of Darkness, then we MAY have approved it! #TrumpYourself’” —

Working Class Hero (John)
“Seduced by elements of the New Left, Lennon was disenchanted with the way he felt workers were used by the upper classes to build wealth, and were ‘doped with religion and sex and TV’ to remain as an underclass. In this context, the description of ‘fucking peasants’ was a critique of his perception of the ruling class rather than those they dominated. The two uses of the word ‘fucking’ in Working Class Hero gave some discomfort to Lennon’s record label EMI. Initially they threatened to censor the recording, but eventually told him they wouldn’t allow the word to be printed on the lyric sheet. Lennon agreed to substitute an asterisk, but inserted the words ‘Omitted at the insistence of EMI’ beneath.” —The Beatles Bible

Junk (Paul)
“Originally written in India, at Maharishi’s camp, and completed bit by bit in London. Recorded vocal, two acoustic guitars, and bass at home, and later added to (bass, drum, snare with brushes, and small xylophone and harmony) at Morgan.” —Paul McCartney

Love Don’t Last Long (Ringo)
Another track recorded in Nashville, this is an extraordinarily dark song, even by country music standards; one is not accustomed to hearing Ringo warble about murders and suicides. It was written by Chuck Howard, of whom the All-Music Guide says (in a bio written by Eugene Chadbourne, of all people): “This guitar picker was a musician’s musician type, the kind of guy whose licks are played on a thousand records but nobody knows who he is…. Howard first entered the extremely private world of the Beatles when he traveled to London with frequent playing partner Pete Drake. The latter player went to London at the bequest of George Harrison…. In the meantime, Howard became good friends with Ringo Starr and was the man who convinced him to spend an extended stay in the United States in order to record.”

Isn’t It a Pity (George)
“According to Abbey Road engineer Geoff Emerick, [‘Isn’t It a Pity’] had been offered for inclusion on 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, while Mark Lewisohn, the band’s acknowledged recording historian, has stated that it was first presented during sessions for the previous year’s Revolver. Lewisohn’s opinion appears to tally with a bootlegged conversation from the Get Back sessions, where Harrison reveals that John Lennon had vetoed ‘Isn’t It a Pity’ three years before, and that he (Harrison) considered offering the song to Frank Sinatra.” —Wikipedia

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