Paul McCartney's Private Psychedelic Christmas Reel From 1965 Surfaces

By Gary Cutlack on at

A legendary piece of Beatles ephemera appears to have surfaced for the first time, with fans of the 1960s equivalent of Take That besides themselves with joy upon hearing Paul McCartney's first homemade attempts at cutting and tape looping.

McCartney himself has confirmed the existence of the Christmas compilation LP in interviews over the years, describing it as a DIY creation made using twin tape units at home and editing his voice atop popular records of the day, like the sort of thing annoying men with beards do nowadays and call podcasts. Once recorded, McCartney had his studio friends cut three acetate LPs of the tape to hand out to John, George and Ringo, for Christmas.

Thought lost forever, a rip of the original tape appears to have surfaced...

...although as with anything on the internet it could be a fake, compiled using McCartney's own descriptions of his memory of the recording, in which he explains: "It was like a magazine program: full of weird interviews, experimental music, tape loops, some tracks I knew the others hadn’t heard, it was just a compilation of odd things." [YouTube via Dangerous Minds]

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