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The Lost Album of The Beatles

Daniel Rachel

This is the story of the great lost Beatles album. The end of the Beatles wasn't inevitable. It came through miscommunication, misunderstandings and missed opportunities to reconcile. But what if it didn't end? What if just one of those chances was taken, and the Beatles carried on? What if they made one last, great album? In The Lost Album of The Beatles, Daniel Rachel - winner of the prestigious Penderyn Music Book Prize - looks at what could have been. Drawing on impeccable research, Rachel examines the the Fab Four's untimely demise - and from the ashes compiles a track list for an imagined final album, pulling together unfinished demos, forgotten B-sides, hit solo songs, and arguing that together they form the basis of a lost Beatles masterpiece.

Are you a fan of the 'what if' genre of books? Are you into the Beatles music, or even music in general? Then this is the book for you. How many times has someone speculated what would the Beatles have come, and what songs would they release? Daniel Rachel makes a stab at what could have been on a new Beatles album.

This book is meticulously researched and is in itself a fascinating account of the last days of the world's first supergroup. It pulls from many sources to investigate which songs may have been on the 'next' album. Daniel gives a side each to the four members and speculates which songs from their early solo catalogue would appear on that album.

I always thought that there were some solo songs that would have been better with a touch of 'criticism' from the other Beatles. The early MacCartney era would have benefited from Lennons input especially. It's good to look at some of the songs that the author has picked out. I always thought Cold Turkey would have been a brilliant band song.

In all it's a great book that made me pull out my albums and listen again to these songs. As a memoir it works well chronicling the break up years. What might have been in store for the Beatles if they had stuck together? I guess we'll never know but books like this help us piece together the path forward.

An entertaining and thought provoking read.

Thanks to Netgallery and Octopus Publishing for an eARC in exchange for a fair and independent review.

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August 23, 2023

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