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‘We plowed on’: The Beatles’ Paul McCartney remembers discarded initial work with John Lennon

‘We plowed on’: The Beatles’ Paul McCartney remembers discarded initial work with John Lennon

Several early songs from the writing collaboration between Paul McCartney and John Lennon eventually saw the light of day — save for their very first, a song called “Just Fun.”

On Second Thought: John Lennon – Walls and Bridges (1974)

On Second Thought: John Lennon – Walls and Bridges (1974)

To have been such a breakthrough hit for John Lennon as a solo artist, to have been the last we’d hear from the former Beatle for half a decade, Walls and Bridges receives precious little attention these days.

Deep Beatles: “Mean Mr. Mustard,” from Abbey Road (1969)

Deep Beatles: “Mean Mr. Mustard,” from Abbey Road (1969)

As “Sun King” quietly fades, a drum kickstarts this darkly humorous track: “Mean Mr. Mustard,” a John Lennon composition dating to 1968. His own harshest critic, Lennon later labeled it a “piece of garbage.”

Deep Beatles: “Sun King” from Abbey Road (1969)

Deep Beatles: “Sun King” from Abbey Road (1969)

Next in the Abbey Road medley is one of the Beatles’ most beautiful yet mysterious tracks, “Sun King.” In later years, John Lennon dismissed “Sun King” as “a piece of garbage I had around,” but its lovely harmonies and mystical lyrics transform it into an entrancing listening experience.

Movies: Good Ol’ Freda (2013)

Movies: Good Ol’ Freda (2013)

The Beatles’ 1963 Christmas recording makes the rounds of classic rock radio stations every holiday. The lads send Christmas cheer to fans around the world as they joke and sing bits of holiday carols.

Deep Beatles: “Because” from Abbey Road (1969)

For the next several columns, I will closely examine the legendary Abbey Road medley, their 16-minute magnum opus comprised of numerous song fragments. Where did these short works come from? How did they fit together so flawlessly?

Deep Beatles: “Hey Bulldog” from Yellow Submarine (1968)

Years after the Beatles recorded the Yellow Submarine track “Hey Bulldog,” John Lennon casually described the song as “a good sounding record that means nothing.”

WTF?! Wednesdays: Yoko Ono with Ornette Coleman, “AOS” (1968)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Yoko Ono with Ornette Coleman, “AOS” (1968)

She’s one of the world’s most famous avant-garde performers of all time, not so much because of her works but because of who became her soulmate.

Exclusive stream: Harry Nilsson, “Old Dirt Road [Alternate]” from Flash Harry (1980; 2013 reissue)

Exclusive stream: Harry Nilsson, “Old Dirt Road [Alternate]” from Flash Harry (1980; 2013 reissue)

The long-hoped-for reissue of Harry Nilsson’s final full-length solo album would be big enough news. How about an all-new version of his John Lennon collaboration “Old Dirt Road”?

Deep Beatles: “Doctor Robert” from Revolver (1966)

The Beatles recorded their share of mysterious tracks such as “I am the Walrus” or even the self-parody “Glass Onion.” Critics still analyze possible meanings of “Strawberry Fields Forever” or weird experiments like “What’s the New Mary Jane.”