Wednesday, November 19, 2008

These Guitars Are Not Gently Weeping

These Guitars Are Not Gently Weeping
Compiled by STEVEN McELROY
Published: November 16, 2008

A new track from the Beatles? Paul McCartney hopes to unleash “Carnival of Light,” a 14-minute experimental Beatles track recorded in 1967 but never released, he said in an interview with BBC Radio 4 that is to be broadcast this week, The Guardian reported. During a recording session at Abbey Road Studios, Mr. McCartney said, he asked the other Beatles to “just wander round all of the stuff and bang it, shout, play it.” The resulting recording — which was played just once, at an electronic music festival in London — includes distorted guitar sounds, eerie organ notes and random shouted phrases. Mr. McCartney said that he had the master recording of the song, which was inspired by the experimental composers John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and that “the time has come for it to get its moment.” To release the track, he needs permission from Ringo Starr and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison.

A version of this article appeared in print on November 17, 2008, on page C2 of the New York edition.

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