Hello my friends! Welcome to a new week of wonder and whimsy! Yesterday I was listening to The Beatles while I was out and about completing my errands. And I realized there is a bit of fascinating history that not many people are aware of that the band is greatly responsible for.
On September 26, 1969 the Album Abby Road was released. Upon this album resided the song named Her Majesty. However, this song was not originally printed on the album cover and it began fourteen seconds after the last song; which was aptly named, The End. Thus emphasizing the very first public example of ‘the hidden track’.
Back on July 2nd of the same year, Her Majesty was recorded and was planned on being placed between the two songs; Mean Mr. Mustard, and Polythene Pam. But when the 30th came around it was decided that the song did not go well in that spot and was requested by Paul McCartney to be dropped from the album. The tape operator then, being strictly told to never trash a Beatles song after the recording, aptly put it at the end of the track list leaving ‘the 14 second space’ between it and the rest of the songs.
When the album was finally released, it wasn’t long after, that the extra hidden track made it into the lime light for a short period. In decades following, the concept of “the hidden album track” was repeated, by seemingly countless musical groups, up to this very day.
Even though the hidden track, isn’t visibly hidden on a record. In the 1990’s when CD’s hit the market, bands realized that they could truly hide a lot of content in various places throughout the disk, and the listener would never be the wiser.
There were song tracks that were compressed songs from the entire album. So every song could be played on a jukebox without having to pay for every song on the album. Some tracks contained outtakes of the recording process. Some songs didn’t begin until 10 minutes after the last song on the album had been played. And there were even tracks placed before the first track that could only be accessed by pressing the skip back search option on the CD player. These of course are just a few options of what has been done, in the guise of making a hidden track.
And all of this became possible because of one recording studio tape operator saving a song that wasn’t desired.
On that note, how about a magic trick?!
“Pressed with creativity, cheeky secrecy, and imagination!”