'New Beatles songs' found in Victoria

  1. Last Update: Tuesday, July 13, 2004. 11:39am (AEST)

    'New Beatles songs' found in Victoria
    A British tourist travelling in Victoria has reportedly found a treasure trove of material related to the Beatles which may contain previously unheard songs.

    The Times newspaper reports the tourist, Fraser Claughton, found the material in an old suitcase at a flea market in the town of Lara, south-west of Melbourne, and bought the lot for $50 earlier this year.

    Beatles experts have yet to properly examine the material, thought to have once belonged to one of the British band's close associates.

    But they hope that tapes within the case could contain new material.

    Mr Claughton was simply looking for a cheap suitcase to carry his possessions but snapped up the case when he saw it contained a jumble of about 400 photographs, concert programs and sealed tapes marked "Abbey Road" - the Beatles's favoured recording studio.

    "It was like finding the end of the rainbow in Australia," Mr Claughton told the Times.

    Beatles experts told the newspaper they believed the case contained the long-lost archive of Mal Evans, who worked as a some-time sound recordist and additional musician for the Beatles.

    Mr Evans died in 1976 and rumours of his collection, which he compiled for a planned but never-completed memoir, have circulated among Beatles collectors for years.

    Among tapes inside the case were alternative versions of well-known songs such as We Can Work It Out as well as some new material, a pop memorabilia consultant for auctioneers Christie's told the newspaper.

    "It certainly does tie in with Mal Evans. He had access to the Beatles making music when there was no one else around," Peter Doggett said.

    "There has been much debate as to what happened to his memorabilia. It is possible that this is it, or part of it."

    One four-and-a-half hour recording on reel-to-reel tape in the suitcase includes Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon talking as they experiment with previously unknown versions of songs, the paper added.

    The archive could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars if sold.

    -- AFP
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    Wouldn't it be something to hear a Beatles song never heard by us masses before?
  4. by   suzy253
    That would be great. I'm still a Beatles' fan after all these years and to hear something new/not released would be wonderful. I never tire of listening to their music over, and over, and over again. Always have at least one Beatles CD in my car.
  5. by   Havin' A Party!
    Mr. Claughton may be sitting on a goldmine if there's a completed song in there!

    Just another little reason to check out them garage sales. ;>)
  6. by   ktwlpn
    If it sounds anything like the song they cobbled together with audio tapes of John provided by Yoko I would rather listen to the albums I have....complete with the scratches and pops....
  7. by   fab4fan
    Unfortunately, Apple/EMI may own the rights to the recordings no matter who has physical posession of them, so the guy who bought the suitcase may not see much in the way of $$.

    Very cool, though. I am dead jealous!
  8. by   kitty29
    I am sooooooooooooooooooo envious----I can not immagine finding something so cool!