Lady Madonna

This disc was auctioned on eBay in 2004. This would appear to be an alternate, unreleased mix of take 5. This is RM8 and the standard mono mix is RM10. I find humorous, the seller's uneducated guess at what the RM8 designation means

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Beatles Lady Madonna
original 1968 UK Emidisc acetate

Item location: London
United Kingdom

Over the next few weeks I will be selling some of the best pieces from my collection. I have worked in the record industry since the 1960s, and as a teenage plugger for Decca in the mid-60s I witnessed the birth of many of these 45s, and received the earliest copies of them. Many are promos, and there are demos and acetates aplenty. Bands represented include the Beatles, the Stones, Bowie and others, as well as legendary psychedelic one-offs.

On offer here is an original one-sided acetate of Lady Madonna on EMI's in-house 'Emidisc' label. I have not played this for fear of deteriorating it, but from memory, it is the same as the released version, though it's possible that fans might detect a difference. The running time is given on the label as '2.17' and 'RM 8' is also written on, which almost certainly refers to the room/studio it was cut or recorded in.

Glossy and clean with a few minor surface marks - nothing major. Quite frankly, it's miraculous that it has survived in this state. The label shows minor signs of age, but no tears or damage. I have barely ever seen a 1960s acetate in such impressive condition.

'Whilst working as a promo man at Decca, I was pals with my opposite number at Apple, and we would occasionally swap the latest releases with each other. He gave this to me just after they'd recorded it - and later invited me to the final performance on the roof of the Apple Building in Savile Row. I also remember visiting him in his office, where he had a chair you'd sit back in, with in-built speakers by your ears. The height of cool at the time!'