The Alternate Help!
The Alternate Help has two takes of “Help”.Takes 12 and the instrumental take 5. Once again the take 2 of “Yesterday” without strings has been used. Some live tracks and mono mixes of the other songs. It also claims to have different mixes from the Love Songs album, for the songs “Tell Me What You See” and “You’re Going To Lose That Girl”. You can ignore these, since they are not actually remixes from the original multi track tapes.
From the cd’s I have, this is the one I really shouldn’t have bought.
The Alternate Rubber Soul
Silent Sea released a double cd of Rubber Soul sessions. Called Soul Sessions. There are really not that much difference’s between the many versions of the same songs, included on Soul Sessions. Pear made a nice single cd, with the most important outtakes, and mono mixes.
Tho there are still some unneeded things left, a version of “In My Life” from the “Love Songs” album, but it’s a nice compilation to listen to.
The Alternate Revolver
The Alternate Revolver combines U.S. and U.K. mono mixes, with “Here There and Everywhere” and “Yellow Submarine” from the “Real Love” cd single. The well known take 1 and 2 of Paperback Writer, as well as the rough mix of “Rain” has also been lifted from other bootlegs.
I bought the first version of this on cd’r years ago, when I didn’t have much else. It’s just a nice cd to listen to, helped of course by the fact that there are no live recordings included.
The Alternate Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Alternate Sgt. Pepper includes the mono version of the album. I only have my scratchy mono vinyl album to compare this to, and needles to say, this cd sounds much better. A clean copy of the mono album, tho I suspect that Dr. Ebbet did a better job with his vinyl transfer. Not sure what Pear’s source is, I can only assume that it comes from one of these German digi pack releases, that would make the Doc’s version preferable.
The only other thing of interest is the Acetate version of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. It comes from Yellow Dog’s new 2002 edition of Acetates. If you have the first edition of Acetates and the Alternate Sgt. Pepper’s by pear, there is really no need to go after Yellow Dog’s double cd.
The sound quality of the acetate isn’t very good, but that’s not important. It’s one of the better things that have surfaced on the bootleg market in recent years, especially from that Beatles era. It’s basically the released version, but without the guitar solo, overdubs and sound effects. It doesn’t have the cross fade into “With A Little Help”, and it last 30 seconds longer then the released version, as you can hear the full ending of the song. It’s been awhile since something “new” was released.
The Alternate White Album
The Alternate White Album, is my favourite from the set. It’s my favourite period, and also I haven’t found part 4 of Yellow Dog’s Unsurpassed Masters set yet. So I don’t have most of this material elsewhere. It's ofcourse a double cd.
It’s a great compilation of White album outtakes, and mono mixes. Ofcourse the mono “Helter Skelter” is included, “Blackbird” and “Piggies” with differently placed animal sounds. One highlight is the long version of “Sexy Sadie”, the released version has 38 seconds at the end edited out, here you can find the full unedited version. Many tracks from the Peter Sellers tape are included here again, but this is an excellent alternate for anyone who can’t find “Unsurpassed Masters 4” and “The Peter Seller Tapes” bootlegs. This also saves you from buying Yellow Dog’s, two double cd set of “Control Room Monitor Mixes”, since the most interesting tracks are included on this Pear double cd. About 50 seconds of Paul on organ singing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. See the Acetate of “Sgt. Peppers” for my reaction. And the “Sexy Sadie” monitor mixes. Where we can hear an uncensored version of the song. John singing “Who the [censored] you think you are”.While you can hear it uncensored on the bootleg, it's censored here
These are among the other highlights.