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On May 29, 1968, The Beatles convened at George Harrison's home studio in Esher to record demos for what would become the classic double-record set: The Beatles (better known as The White Album). These 27 acoustic demos were recorded in just one day. The new reissue of the White Album includes these fascinating demos. It's remarkable how much these stripped down versions resemble the finished tracks on the official recording. For this week’s show, we’ll dig into a few of these important first recordings, along with various other acoustic recordings (by other artists) of classic Beatles songs. It’s the Fab Four … this week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine.

Episode #19-16: The Acoustic Beatles
Host: Tom Druckenmiller

Artist/”Song”/CD/Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways
Bill Evans / “A Hard Day's Night” / In Good Company / Native and Fine
The Beatles / “Back in the USSR” / The Beatles Esher Demos / Apple
Judy Collins / “In My Life” / In My Life / Elektra
James Lee Stanley / “Drive My Car” / The Apocaloptimist / Beachwood
The Dillards / “Yesterday” / Copperfields / Elektra

The Beatles / “Revolution” / The Beatles Esher Demos / Apple
The Beach Boys / “I Should Have Known Better” / Beach Boys Party / Capitol
The Beach Boys / “Tell Me Why” / Beach Boys Party / Capitol
Tony Furtado w/ Alison Krauss / “I Will” / Within Reach / Rounder
The Charles River Valley Boys / “I Feel Fine” / Beatles Country / Rounder
Bill Evans / “You've Got to Hide Your Love Away-Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” / In Good Company / Native and Fine

Paul McCartney / “Junk” / McCartney / EMI
The Bee Eaters / “Eleanor Rigby” / The Bee Eaters / Self Produced
Fraser & Debolt / “Don't Let Me Down” / Fraser & Debolt with Ian Guenther / Columbia
Grisman-Hartford-Seeger / “When I'm Sixty-Four” / Retrograss / Acoustic Disc

The Beatles / “Glass Onion” / The Beatles Esher Demos / Apple
Tim O'Brien / “Norwegian Wood” / Two Journeys / Howdy Skies
The Dillards / “I've Just Seen a Face” / Wheatstraw Suite / Elektra
Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways