Are Esher demos the greatest out-of-nowhere gift to fans in rock history?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by spice9, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. spice9

    spice9 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    New York, NY
    Just fyi...

    I never had a clue that these existed. A lot of folks here did. I don't think most people outside the forum or other places did knew about them. So they are totally new to my ears.
  2. The Esher demos are the only reason I'm picking this up, as I too have never heard them. I bought the 3CD version, which I was fortunate enough to preorder from Amazon.CA at $13.41, which made it a no-brainer purchase. The current price is $34.17. If I like those demos I might pick up the vinyl 4LP set later.
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  3. Bonzodog

    Bonzodog Forum Resident

    Errr... How are you pronouncing Esher?
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  4. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Island Owner

    Zack Island
    Not this again. Call them Kinfauns, okay?^^
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  5. Bonzodog

    Bonzodog Forum Resident

    Sorry, couldn't resist :)
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  6. Deek57

    Deek57 Forum Resident

    As in Mesh, is the correct pronunciation.
  7. mando_dan

    mando_dan Forum Resident

    Salem, MA
    I'd put the basement tapes way higher, all new songs.
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  8. seacliffe301

    seacliffe301 Forum Resident

    I just watched an interview with Giles Martin where he pronounced it as "Eeeesher".
    Is there anyone local to this region that can set this straight? I've always pronounced it this way, but what do I know.
    I've probably heard it 50% either way.

    To the OP, yes, even though it's been available for a long time, it's nice to get it released by the record company. I heard or read somewhere that the source of the particular tapes ultimately used were in George Harrison's collection.
  9. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    No, I had them on bootleg for years and never found them very captivating. Not sure why, guess it's just that they are rough and busked but don't actually deviate much in structure from the finished songs.
  10. Chemically altered

    Chemically altered Forum Resident

    In your mind
    They are certainly not from out of nowhere. However, they must be very exiting for someone just hearing them for the first time like the OP.
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  11. klaatuhf

    klaatuhf Forum Resident

    Sydney, Australia
    You are obviously a very young newish Beatles fan cos us old guys have been listening to these demos for many years and they aren't as magical as they once were but at the time.. yes magically awesome.
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  12. noahjld

    noahjld Witchfinder General/ Das Boz Boz

    No. Been available for years and I was expecting seriously improved sound quality. Meh.....
  13. milankey

    milankey Forum Resident

    Kent, Ohio, USA
    Beatlemaniacs have been listening to these for a couple decades. New to you?
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  14. mretrain

    mretrain Forum Resident

    It's "Eeeesher" ; I live just down the road...
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  15. Sordel

    Sordel Forum Resident

    Midlands, UK
    But only if you pronounce mesh to rhyme with leash.
  16. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

    For him that may mean the same thing?
  17. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident

    Des Moines, Iowa
    What?! You don’t think the new release represents a major, major sonic upgrade from the bootlegs?!
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  18. englishbob

    englishbob Its a s*** business

    Kent, England
    Or another view: Money for old rope, and more into the Pension funds
  19. whisper3978

    whisper3978 Forum Resident

    Cary, NC
    Apparently Van put it out to circumvent the expiring copyright, so he put it out and immediately pulled it on purpose. Crazy!
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  20. Deek57

    Deek57 Forum Resident

    Err no, try this Effort, Epilogue, Enter, Exit, not as in Easy, East etc...
  21. Kate_C.

    Kate_C. Forum Resident

    No. The rediscovered Betty Boards.
  22. Harry Hotspur

    Harry Hotspur Forum Resident

    London England
    Once upon a time you could drive right up to George's bungalow where the demos were recorded, exotic hand painted walls and all. I always think of it as being nearer Claygate than Esher, but best not get in to that now. You find me about twenty minutes from Eeeeshurrr, awaiting courier delivery of the box set, 50 years after first buying the album on day of release at WHSmith's in Staines, also about 20 mins from Esher!
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  23. RicZ

    RicZ Forum Resident

    The Netherlands
    No need to add on how these are not exactly out of nowhere.
    It's great if you are hearing these demo's for the first time.
    I am a little burned out on them, but that's my own faulth.
    That said I am hoping the official release will sound better then the bootleg version I have.

    Not sure if it's been debated wheter it was a good decision to release these recordings in the order as the songs appeared on the album.
    I am not even sure if the order the appaer on the bootlegs is the right one.
    And you might argue that the recordings should have been left as they were on tapes,
    but I think it's a good thing that they corrected the horrible out of sync double tracking.
  24. adm62

    adm62 Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    I think you are the only person in the UK who pronounces it incorrectly. I knew people who lived in that area.

    It is EEEEsher
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  25. Well, now that you mention it - yes. While the Eshers are certainly nice to have (especially in optimum quality, finally), for this Dylan fanatic, the Basements are a necessity of life. YMMV

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