“Etcetera” is a Beatles’ song but is an unreleased track. Although this song doesn’t sit in the vaults at EMI, we understand that there is an acetate copy somewhere out there, possibly with Paul McCartney. So, we await that disc to surface, if it ever does.
Recorded: 20th August, 1968
Studio: EMI Studios, London
Track Duration: Unknown
Songwriter: Paul McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Paul McCartney: vocals, acoustic guitar
The rarest Beatles’ record is possibly, “In Spite Of All The Danger“, that’s because it’s the Beatles’ first record. Of course, that recording is from July, 1958, so the band’s name was The Quarrymen then. Although, if “Etcetera” surfaces, it will possibly be part of a compilation album of outtakes and not be a valuable record like, “In Spite Of All The Danger”. Still, Beatlemaniacs would love to hear it.
Originally, the song was for a relative newcomer on the music scene, Marianne Faithfull.
“I knew Marianne so it was natural that I would be asked to write a song at some point. I did write a song but it was not a very good one. It was called Etcetera and it’s a bad song. I think it’s a good job that it’s died a death in some tape bin. Even then I seem to remember thinking it wasn’t very good. There was always the temptation to keep your better songs for yourself and then give your next-best songs to other established people, so when it was someone like Marianne, who at the time was a newcomer, those people would tend to end up with fairly dreadful offerings of mine.
I suppose, thinking back on it, after As Tears Go By maybe they were looking for more sort of a Yesterday, something more poignant, more baroque. I probably thought, well, this is really all I’ve got at the moment. I’ll send it round and hope it’s all OK, and maybe they’ll put a baroque thing on it and that’ll make it OK. She probably did Yesterday because they figured, Well at least it’s better than Etcetera.”
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles
On the 20th August, 1968, while recording for the “White Album“, The Beatles had to concentrate on two songs, “Mother Nature’s Son” and “Wild Honey Pie“. In between those songs, Paul McCartney recorded a version of “Etcetera” in a single take. At the time he was waiting for some session musicians to come into the studio.
There is no bootleg available and the song has never been commercially available so all we can do is sit tight and hope that McCartney will release it. However, don’t hold your breath because he doesn’t even like the song. But, if the song does become available, The Beatles Forum and Cavern Club will let you know!