The song, Radhe Shaam, was originally recorded in 1968 at Trident Studios in London, where Harrison and Starr were working on The Beatles’ classic Hey Jude. Broadcaster and journalist Suresh Joshi was also at Trident, working on the soundtrack to a documentary, and the two Beatles offered to play on the song.
“I stood out like a sore thumb… we started talking about philosophy in general,” says Joshi. But he bonded with Harrison, whose trip to India earlier that year had opened his eyes to Indian music and culture, and later introduced him to legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar.
The master tape was found in Joshi’s attic in Birmingham after a neighbour called in to check on him during lockdown and discussion turned to The Beatles. Rescued, restored and digitised, the song was given its first public airing at Liverpool’s Beatles Museum this week.
Beatles Museum manager Paul Parry tells the Liverpool Echo that Radhe Shaam is “absolutely amazing”, and that the drums and guitars are “unmistakably” the work of Harrison and Starr.
Also featured on Radhe Shaam is Indian classical musician Aashish Khan – who also contributed to Harrison’s Wonderwall Music album – but the recording never saw the light of day.
“Time had gone on, The Beatles were breaking up and had various problems, so no-one wanted to [release it],” says Joshi. But now it’s getting a proper release, with proceeds being donated to charity.
“Leave it to humanity, that’s what George wanted to do,” says Joshi. “I hope the fans will love it.”
Explore eil.com & 991.com sister – the world’s best online store for rare, collectable & out of print Vinyl Records, CDs & Music memorabilia since 1987.
EIL.COM Favourite Music Update Rare CDs, CD Singles, Rare Records, Vinyl Records, Albums and Music
- The Beatles - Beatles' Greatest - Dutch - vinyl LP - £20.00, $21.80, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 24-Sep-2022 11:23)on September 25, 2022 at 9:03 am
THE BEATLES Beatles' Greatest (1975 Dutch 16-track compilation LP on black vinyl, featuring a great selection of Beatles classics, including Twist & Shout, She Loves You, Ticket To Ride & more, front laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear/discolouration with minor creasing to the laminate in places and the vinyl remains in excellent with few signs of play play OMHS3001)
- The Beatles - The Beatles Book - 2nd - 77 Issues - UK - magazine - £495.00, $539.55, €554.40 (New Item) (arrived 23-Sep-2022 09:49)on September 25, 2022 at 9:03 am
THE BEATLES The Beatles Book (Complete set of all SEVENTY SEVEN reprints of The Beatles Book [also known as Beatles Monthly], published from May '76 to September '82. These reprints [now between 40 and 45 years old!] have themselves become collectors itemsand are a fascinating document of the Beatles' decade as it happened. These copies are in pristine condition) See 'More Info' for further details....
- The Beatles - Abbey Road - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £125.00, $136.25, €140.00 (Back In Stock) (arrived 20-Sep-2022 16:29)on September 25, 2022 at 9:03 am
THE BEATLES Abbey Road (1969 UK first issue of the classic 16-track LP, which does not have 'Her Majesty' credit on either the sleeve or label, fully laminated picture sleeve with black die-cut Apple inner. The sleeve is Excellent and shows verylight shelfwear with a glimpse of ringwear & the vinyl grades EX with minimal signs of play - a superb copy! PCS7088)
- The Beatles - The Beatles / 1967-1970 - 1st - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £25.00, $27.25, €28.00 (Back In Stock) (arrived 20-Sep-2022 16:29)on September 25, 2022 at 9:03 am
THE BEATLES The Beatles / 1967-1970 (1973 UK 28-track double compilation LP, complete with matching blue lyric inners, front laminated gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear, the inners have small seam splits along the bottoms,whilst the vinyl appears barely played PCSP718)
- The Beatles - Nowhere Man EP - 1st - EX - UK - 7" vinyl - £295.00, $321.55, €330.40 (New Item) (arrived 21-Sep-2022 12:01)on September 25, 2022 at 9:03 am
THE BEATLES Nowhere Man EP (Rare 1966 UK first pressing 4-track 7" vinyl EP with 'Gramophone Co' & 'Sold In The UK' label text, front laminated flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve has only minor ringwear and a little discolouring on the reverse, while the vinyl has a couple of light scuffs to indicate careful play GEP8931)