by Daniel Rachel - £10.99 Octopus Publishing Group (2023)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781788403221 | ISBN 10: 1788403223
Daniel Rachel imagines what the next Beatles album might have been like, with painstaking detail and great stories’ – David Hepworth, The Guardian
‘A fantastical journey through what might have been… Exciting and compelling.’ – Chris Hawkins, BBC 6 Music
‘Daniel Rachel’s forensic investigation makes a strong case for looking afresh at the evidence… a fascinating detailed read’ – Mojo
‘In this meticulously crafted book, Rachel offers an extraordinary peek behind the curtain of one of the most celebrated music groups in history…a must-read for any music aficionado’ – Music Devotee
‘A detailed researcher and writer… Ingenious.’ – Record Collector
‘Full of enthralling details about the highs and lows of the band’s last year… it’s like the DNA in a crime scene.’ – David Hepworth, Word in Your Ear
‘A book that is religiously detailed and yet manages to create tantalising glimpses of what might have been’ – Louder Than War
This is the story of the great lost Beatles album.
The end of the Beatles wasn’t inevitable. It came through miscommunication, misunderstandings and missed opportunities to reconcile.
But what if it didn’t end? What if just one of those chances was taken, and the Beatles carried on? What if they made one last, great album?
In The Lost Album of The Beatles, Daniel Rachel – winner of the prestigious Penderyn Music Book Prize – looks at what could have been. Drawing on impeccable research, Rachel examines the the Fab Four’s untimely demise – and from the ashes compiles a track list for an imagined final album, pulling together unfinished demos, forgotten B-sides, hit solo songs, and arguing that together they form the basis of a lost Beatles masterpiece.
Compelling and convincing, The Lost Album of The Beatles is a daring re-write of the group’s history, and a tantalising glimpse of what might have been.
(Price & availability last checked: October 2023)