The Beatles: Rejected Tracks
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The Beatles: Rejected Tracks

Artistic differences and opinions could easily break and cause a band to divide. The Beatles have four talented musicians trying to come up with their own material. The nature of their song and style is very different to the remaining Beatles. Still, as a musician one would want to share his work to the world.

There are certain artistic differences that even a successful band can’t avoid. Paul McCartney of the Beatles simply has some songs vetoed by the Beatles. These songs were considered cheesy by the remaining Beatle members but when released, considered as a classic. These rejected songs are later used as a track in their later solo careers.

Some of the Beatle tracks rejected were given away to other artists, while some made their way later to be used on solo albums. One would question how tracks like John Lennon’s Revolution 9 could fit into Beatle albums without facing rejection from the other Beatles.

Teddy Boy

This track was first recorded by the Beatles during the “Get Back” sessions. It is one of Paul McCartney’s cheesy tracks.  This track wasn’t formally released by the Beatles. This version of Teddy Boy was released on the Anthology by the Beatles. Teddy Boy was already released by Paul McCartney in his first solo album: McCartney.


Junk is one of Paul McCartney’s songs which are filled with melancholy and sadness like Eleanor Rigby.  The Beatle Version was released on the Anthology Album, this version sounds similar to the one on the McCartney album except the lyrics aren’t completed. The melody of the song is however, the same. Junk also features a very unique chord progression.

All Things Must Pass

All Things Must Pass is one of George Harrison’s songs rehearsed during the Beatles era. All Things Must Pass was taped by George Harrison on the same day he taped the demo for Something and Old Brown Shoe. This version is similar except from added instruments to the one on George Harrison’s triple album of the same name. George Harrison borrowed the lyrics from “Tao Te Ching”. It is implied that the remaining Beatles rejected the song. Paul McCartney later sang this song on his live concert.

Child of Nature

A John Lennon track inspired by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s lecture in India. The same lecture inspired Paul McCartney’s Mother Nature’s Son. Child of Nature isn’t released in the Anthology Album, it is only available as a bootleg. Child of Nature is very similar to John Lennon’s Jealous Guy track. John Lennon scrapped the idea of the song and later used his Jealousy themed lyrics into writing Jealous Guy. The track probably wasn’t released because of its similarity to Jealous Guy. This implication could lead to a copyright infringement case.

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Comments (7)

Interesting Beatles info, thanks!

"All Things Must Pass" is one of my favorite. 

I didn't think that anything they did was rejected, although I do kind of remember that All Things Must Pass was first rejected.

I didn't think that anything they did was rejected, although I do kind of remember that All Things Must Pass was first rejected.

Interesting. Elvis was rejected as well. Ed Sullivan introduce him on his program but Elvis was not allowed to move his hips. That was the good old times when some things were not allowed to be seen on TV.

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The Beatles auditioned for Decca Records before they became succesful. They were rejected even for their powerhouse performance number. Decca Records simply said that guitar groups were on the way out. A few months later Please Please Me was released.

Thank you for this interesting post.