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EntertainmentThe Beatles' secret plan to go out in style with one last album is revealed in previously unheard tape of 1969 meeting - so was Yoko REALLY to blame for demise of group?

06:20  12 september  2019
06:20  12 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The Beatles weren’t a group much given to squabbling, says Mark Lewisohn What they talk about is the plan to make another album – and perhaps a single for release in time “The books have always told us that they knew Abbey Road was their last album and they wanted to go out on an artistic high.

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The Beatles' secret plan to go out in style with one last album is revealed in previously unheard tape of 1969 meeting - so was Yoko REALLY to blame for demise of group? © Getty The Beatles, one of the most famous groups in the history of pop music; from left to right, George Harrison (1943 - 2001), Ringo Starr, John Lennon (1940 - 1980), and in front, Paul McCartney, at the EMI studios in Abbey Road, as they prepare for 'Our World', a world-wide live television show broadcasting to 24 countries with a potential audience of 400 million. A newly unearthed recording of The Beatles shows they wanted to record one final album and go out on a high - questioning the rumour Yoko Ono broke up the Fab Four.

The tape -  which dates back to September 8, 1969 -  features a conversation between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison at Apple's headquarters in Savile Row.

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It was just two weeks after they finished recording of Abbey Road, and Ringo Starr was unable to make it because he was in hospital undergoing tests for intestinal problems.

Fans of the Fab Four have long vilified Yoko Ono for the break up of The Beatles.

But the new audio suggests that far from being at each others throats in 1969, as has been previously suggested, the band were planning a new album, and wanted a single to release in time for Christmas.

The Beatles' secret plan to go out in style with one last album is revealed in previously unheard tape of 1969 meeting - so was Yoko REALLY to blame for demise of group? © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The tape - which dates back to September 8, 1969 - features a conversation between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison at Apple's headquarters in Savile Row

'Ringo, you can't be here, but this is so you can hear what we're discussing,' says Lennon, in the recording played to The Guardian by Beatles historian and writer Mark Lewisohn.

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Yoko Ono was aggressive and immune to rejection, constantly badgering John with letters and Yoko was writing letters to John, getting under his skin and was everywhere he was , even Pictured: Yoko in the studio with the Beatles (pictured in 1969 ). But by 1972, the 'dazzle had gone out of their lives'.

The singer then suggests each member of the band bring they each contribute four tracks each to the new albu, with Ringo getting two 'if he wants them.'

The Beatles' secret plan to go out in style with one last album is revealed in previously unheard tape of 1969 meeting - so was Yoko REALLY to blame for demise of group? © Getty Portrait of the The Beatles. From left to right: Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison, circa 1965. Lennon also refers to the 'Lennon-McCartney Myth', suggesting that the each of their songs should be individually credited.

Previously, the duo were presented to the public as a song writing partnership.

McCartney is then heard questioning the song's Harrison wrote for the recently recorded Abbey Road.

He says:  'I thought until this album that George's songs weren't that good.'

Harrison, who wrote Something and Here Comes The Sun, quickly retorts: 'That's a matter of taste. All down the line, people have liked my songs.'

The Beatles' secret plan to go out in style with one last album is revealed in previously unheard tape of 1969 meeting - so was Yoko REALLY to blame for demise of group? © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Fans of the Fab Four have long vilified Yoko Ono for the break up of The Beatles, but the new audio suggests that far from being at each others throats, the band were planning a new album, and wanted a single to release in time for Christmas And Lennon intervenes to quip that no one in the band was a fan of McCartney's Maxwell's Silver Hammer, also on Abbey Road.

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Mark Lewisohn, Beatles expert and rock historian, shared the tape with The Guardian ahead of his On the recording, John Lennon can be heard talking about the group 's plans to make another A newly uncovered audio tape of one of the Beatles ' final meetings proves that none of them planned

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But McCartney insisted: 'I recorded it, because I liked it.'

Lewisohn - who wrote The Beatles: All These Years - says the unearthed recording is a 'revelation.'

The Beatles' secret plan to go out in style with one last album is revealed in previously unheard tape of 1969 meeting - so was Yoko REALLY to blame for demise of group? © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Beatles historian and writer Mark Lewisohn (pictured) said the unearthed recording was a 'revelation' He adds: 'The books have always told us that they knew Abbey Road was their last album and they wanted to go out on an artistic high.

'But no – they're discussing the next album. And you think that John is the one who wanted to break them up but, when you hear this, he isn't.

'Doesn't that rewrite pretty much everything we thought we knew?'

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Newly uncovered audio of one of the Beatles' final meetings proves they didn't want 'Abbey Road' to be their final album.
Rock historian Mark Lewisohn gave The Guardian access to the tape, which was recorded 50 years ago this week.

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