Paul Wants to Release 'Beatles Holy Grail'

Long-lost experimental track was once vetoed by the other three
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2008 3:16 PM CST
Paul Wants to Release 'Beatles Holy Grail'
If Sir Paul is to release the long-lost recording, he'll have to get permission from former bandmate Ringo Starr, as well as the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon.   (AP Photo/Jon Super, file)

(Newser) – Paul McCartney says it's time to release an avant-garde Beatles track that features gargles, shouts, and distorted guitar, the Guardian reports. Recorded during Penny Lane sessions in 1967, the 14-minute Carnival of Light was played publicly only once at an electronic music festival. McCartney, who is releasing his third avant-garde record, says "the time has come for it to get its moment."

Beatles fans almost got to hear the John Cage/Karlheinz Stockhausen-inspired work 12 years ago in a compilation CD, but band members vetoed it. "I said it would be great to put this on," McCartney says. "The guys didn't like the idea, like 'this is rubbish.'" McCartney still needs approval from Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and George Harrison's widow to release the track.
(Read more Beatles stories.)

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