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Unheard Tape Revealed The Beatles Had A War Of Words During Abbey Road Follow-Up Album Discussion

We were so close to having a follow-up Abbey Road album!

unheard tape revealed the beatles had a war of words during abbey road follow-up album discussion

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Did you know that The Beatles were in talks to make another album, following their hit success with the classic Abbey Road album?

 

Rock historian and author, Mark Lewisohn provided The Guardian with access to the tape of a meeting where the band were discussing a follow-up album to their successful Abbey Roads album. However, tensions between the band members- Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison were brewing heavily.

 

The Beatles members could be heard arguing with each other, after having just finished recording songs from Abbey Road.

 

The tape was originally recorded for Ringo Starr, who at the time was undergoing hospital tests for an intestinal complaint.

unheard tape revealed the beatles had a war of words during abbey road follow-up album discussion

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According to reports, here's what happened in the meeting:

 

At the beginning of the recording, Lennon explained that the tape is for Ringo Starr as he could not be there, but he can listen to the discussion later on.

 

Lennon proposed that the main songwriters in the band, Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, contribute 4 songs each to their recording, with Ringo allotted with two if he wanted to.

 

The band then starts criticizing each other’s work.

 

McCartney criticized Harrison that his songs “weren’t that good," in which Harrison responded that it was a matter of taste.

 

Lennon argued that no one in the band enjoyed McCartney’s “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” song.

 

A chain reaction of tension would eventually lead to the dissolution of the legendary band.

 

Imagine what could have been if the band were still together and producing more albums. What's your favourite Beatles record?

 

Info via The Guardian

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