Lost Beatles Track Surfaces… Now What?

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Beatles fans were recently elated to discover the existence of a previously unheard and lost song from their beloved band. The 14-minute track, called “Carnival of Light,” was confirmed by Paul McCartney in a recent BBC interview. McCartney revealed that the song was conceived in 1967 and performed only once in public.

“I like it because it’s The Beatles free, going off piste,” McCartney said of the song. “The time has come for it to get its moment.”

While the song was rejected for inclusion in the Anthology compilation, its discovery has reignited discussions among Beatles fans about their vast catalog of music. The Beatles were known for their innovative and experimental approach to music, and “Carnival of Light” may serve as a reminder of their willingness to push boundaries and explore new creative avenues.

The song itself is described as a sonic adventure, more akin to “Revolution 9” than to the band’s more structured and recognizable hits like “Love Me Do.” Its fate remains unclear, and it is uncertain whether it will ever be officially released to the public.

Despite the Beatles’ status as one of the most celebrated and influential bands of all time, they have been slow to embrace the digital age. Their music has yet to be licensed for streaming on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, and fans have had to resort to illegally sharing the band’s music online.

But as more and more artists and bands embrace digital distribution and streaming, the Beatles’ absence from these platforms has become more pronounced. Some fans have speculated that the band’s hesitation to embrace digital platforms is due to concerns about the sound quality of their music in a digital format.

However, in recent years, there have been signs of a changing attitude towards digital distribution from the Beatles’ camp. In 2019, the band announced a new partnership with Universal Music Group, which would see the release of a series of remastered and expanded editions of their classic albums.

The first release under the new partnership was a remastered version of the Beatles’ classic album “Abbey Road,” which was made available on a variety of digital platforms. The release was a commercial success, and it was hailed by fans and critics alike for its improved sound quality and additional bonus content.

This renewed interest in the Beatles’ music has also sparked renewed interest in the band’s history and legacy. In recent years, there have been numerous books, documentaries, and films about the band, exploring everything from their early years in Liverpool to their groundbreaking work in the studio.

One of the most notable of these recent projects was the Peter Jackson-directed documentary “Get Back,” which chronicled the making of the Beatles’ final album, “Let It Be.” The documentary, which was originally scheduled to be released in 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, promises to offer a unique and intimate look at the band’s creative process and dynamic as a group.

As the Beatles’ influence on popular music continues to be felt, their music remains as relevant today as it was when it was first released. The discovery of “Carnival of Light” serves as a reminder of the band’s willingness to push boundaries and explore new creative avenues, and it is sure to spark renewed interest and discussion among fans and music lovers alike.

While it remains to be seen whether the track will ever be officially released, its discovery is a reminder of the enduring legacy of one of the greatest bands of all time. From their early days in Liverpool to their groundbreaking work in the studio, the Beatles continue to captivate and inspire generations of fans around the world.