Former Beatle Paul McCartney says it's time an experimental Beatles track saw the light of day.
McCartney says he wants to release “Carnival of Light,” a 14-minute experimental track the group recorded in 1967 but never released.
The band played the recording for an audience just once, at an electronic music festival in London. It reportedly includes distorted guitar, organ sounds, gargling and shouts of “Barcelona!” and “Are you all right?” from McCartney and John Lennon.
“I like it because it's The Beatles free…” he told the BBC in a radio interview to be broadcast Thursday. McCartney said he still had a master tape of the piece. McCartney, regarded as the most melodically minded Beatle, told the BBC he had a long-standing interest in avant-garde music. He said “Carnival of Light” was inspired by experimental composers John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
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McCartney would need permission from Ringo Starr and the widows of Lennon and George Harrison to release the track.