Oh! Darlin'



45 THE BEATLES - UNRELEASED 10" ACETATE OF OH DARLIN'

Jun-03-04
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tem location:
EASTBOURNE United Kingdom

45 RPM THE BEATLES - UNRELEASED 10" ACETATE OF OH DARLIN', ORIGINAL 10" APPLE CORPS LABELED ACETATE OF OH DARLIN' WHICH HAS DIFFERENT LYRICS [see below] TO COMPARED WITH RELEASED VERSION. THE LABEL HAS BEATLES OH DARLIN' FOR LP PRINTED IN BIRO PEN. AND IS A ONE SIDED DISC, OTHER SIDE IS BLANK.

THIS ITEM WAS PURCHASED THROUGH FLEETWOOD OWEN AUCTION HOUSE IN THE YEAR 2000. THE CONDITION OF THE ACETATE IS VG BUT PLAYS OK. WITH NO SKIPS, NO JUMPS AND IS VISIBLY CLEAN AND SHINY.

LYRICS TO "OH DARLIN'
ACETATE VERSION IS AS FOLLOWS:

Oh! Darlin', please believe me
I'll never do you no harm
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never do you no harm.

Oh! Darlin' if you leave me
I'll never make it alone
Believe me when I beg you
Don't ever leave me alone

When you told me you didn't need me anymore,
(Subtly different intonation on chorus)
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried,
When you told me you didn't need me anymore,
Well you know I nearly broke down and died.

(Different lyrics now)
Oh! darlin' please believe me
I'll never let you down
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never let you down
(No believe me darlin' at end)
(Very different intonation on chorus. Not gritty sound, more feminine. No Little Richard "Ooos" punctuating)

When you told me you didn't need me anymore,
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried,
When you told me you didn't need me anymore,
Well you know I nearly broke down and died.

(Different lyrics again. Lennon harmonising on 1st line.
No "Oh! believe me darlin' " after second line.
Triple "oo-oo-oo" after "tell you" Finishes on downbeat note on "harm", compared to gritty upbeat version.)

Oh! darlin' , please believe me
I'll never do you no harm
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never do you no harm






This disc was auctioned again on eBay in October 2005

BEATLES 10" APPLE ACETATE: "OH DARLIN" * MEGA RARE CUT
Different version to original * Bought at auction 2000

Item location: London, United Kingdom
Record Size: 10 inch
Speed: 45 RPM

MEGA RARE! BEATLES 10" APPLE ACETATE OF "OH DARLIN" * WITH UNIQUELY DIFFERENT CUT TO THE ONE THAT APPEARS ON THE ABBEY ROAD ORIGINAL ALBUM/CD

Label
Apple Corps Ltd. Custom Recording green and white label, titled in blue ballpoint pen "OH DARLIN' " BEATLES FOR LP. Lovely clean label with no smudging or any signs of aging. One small indent across it which can only be seen if held up to the light - otherwise as new.

The cover
Standard white cardboard 10" cover with polythene inner.

Record
Very clean, with original sheen and lustre almost 100% intact. Could this be because this particular cut was never used for the album? A few scuffs and scratches on the vinyl, but very little wear indeed considering this is an acetate. There is a very very small 4 4 number visible in the run-off groove.

The recording
The recording is a subtly different version to that which appears on the original album/CD, with some different lyrics and intonations. One would speculate that this was an earlier take not ultimately selected (4 4 = 4 April, perhaps?). Below I have outlined the variations in the lyrics and the vocals as accurately as possible.



Provenance
Purchased at Fleetwood Owen in October 2000 at their first auction at the Hardrock Cafe - the one where the John Lennon piano went for £1.3 million. I have the original bill of sale. The different take version was not advertised/noticed by them. I only noticed the difference when I got the record home and played it and noticed the subtle differences. Feel free to ask any questions you like about the recording.

Mailing details
I don't mind posting the item to the winner, though because of the brittle nature of the record, you may be better advised to arrange to collect it after the sale.
Oh Darling (original version)

Oh! Darling, please believe me
I'll never do you no harm
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never do you no harm

Oh! Darling, if you leave me
I'll never make it alone
Believe me when I beg you
Don't ever leave me alone

When you told me you didn't need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried
When you told me you didn't need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and died

Oh! Darling, if you leave me
I'll never make it alone
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never do you no harm

(Believe me darling)
Extra line: “Believe me Darling”

When you told me you didn't need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried
When you told me you didn't need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and died

Oh! Darling, please believe me No Lennon harmonising
I'll never let you down
Extra line: “Oh, believe me
(Oh, believe me Darling) Darling”)
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never do you no harm

Oh Darling (Acetate version)

Oh! Darling, please believe me (same as original)
I'll never do you no harm
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never do you no harm

Oh! Darling, if you leave me (same as original)
I'll never make it alone
Believe me when I beg you
Don't ever leave me alone

When you told me you didn't need me anymore (Subtly different intonation on
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried chorus)
When you told me you didn't need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and died

Oh! Darling, please believe me (Different lyrics to original)
I'll never let you down
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never let you down (No “Believe me darling” at the end of
verse as per original)

When you told me you didn't need me anymore (Very different intonation on
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried chorus. Not gritty like CD, more
When you told me you didn't need me anymore feminine. No Little Richard
Well you know I nearly broke down and died Ooos” punctuating)

Oh! Darling, please believe me Different lyrics to original.
I'll never do you no harm Lennon harmonising on 1st line.
Believe me when I tell you (No: “Oh believe me Darling”
I'll never do you no harm after second line).
Triple “oo-oo-oo” after “tell you”
instead of CD’s single “oo”.
Finishes on downbeat note on
harm”, compared to gritty upbeat CD version.