Saturday, August 8, 2009

Paul McCartney - Seeks Beatles' Blessing to Release Track‏

by Brent Warnken

Sir Paul McCartney is in a bind. He wants to release "Carnival of Light," arguably one of the Beatles' most experimental tracks, but he needs permission from the other living Beatle, Ringo Starr, and from the estates of George Harrison and John Lennon. The 14-minute "Carnival of Light" was recorded in early 1967 and McCartney recently told BBC Radio 4 that "the time has come for it to get its moment."

The recording has never been bootlegged and McCartney continued to cite his reasons for wanting the world to hear the song, saying "it would be great to put this on because it would show we were working with really avant-garde stuff." "Carnival of Light" was only released for public play in early '67 after being recorded for the electronic musical festival the Million Volt Light and Sound Rave.

One Beatle who may not grant McCartney's wish (alive or deceased) is George Harrison, who vetoed Paul's request to include "Carnival of Light" on the Beatles' Anthology in the late 1990s. While you wait to hear this previously unreleased Beatles jam, try going online for Paul McCartney tickets to see this living legend perform live.

For those who stick to the pop anthems that made the Beatles famous and don't deviate into the experimental realm of the Fab Four's 1967 album Sgt. Pepper may be shocked by "Carnival of Light" should it ever be released. McCartney described the song more to the BBC: "I said all I want you to do is just wander around all the stuff, bang it, shout, play it, it doesn't need to make any sense. Hit a drum then wander on to the piano, hit a few notes, just wander around. So that's what we did and then put a bit of an echo on it. It's very free."

Although a few lucky Beatles aficionados claim to have heard the song, McCartney supposedly owns the master tape. Author Mark Lewisohn, who is widely regarded as the globe's leading authority on all things Beatles, described "Carnival of Light" as "distorted, a distorted lead guitar, the sound of a church organ, various effects (water gurgling was one), and perhaps the most intimidating of all, John Lennon and McCartney screaming dementedly and bawling aloud random phrases like 'Are you alright?' and 'Barcelona!.'" Beatles biographer Barry Miles also weighed in on the unreleased track, describing it as similar to Frank Zappa's "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet."

McCartney was most recently in the news when he played a historic performance in Tel Aviv on September 25. The concert came 43 years after the Israeli government banned the group from playing in fears that they would corrupt the youth population with their music. McCartney performed Beatles favorites like "Hello, Goodbye" and 31 other hits chronicling the Beatles career as well as John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance."

While you wait for McCartney to make another pop moment that will go down in the history books, don't miss your chance to see him perform live. You can find Paul McCartney tickets online to see him perform live!

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