Monday, November 17, 2008

The storied "Carnival of Light"

In a recent interview with BBC Radio, Paul indicated that he is hoping to soon (or not in the terribly distant future, anyway) release "Carnival of Light," The Beatles' "mythical" 14-minute avant-garde freakout that arose from their "Penny Lane" sessions and made its only public appearance at an offbeat music festival, in early 1967, called "The Carnival of Light Rave."

Some, however, are questioning the wisdom of its potential release, perhaps in too strong of terms, I might add.

I look upon "Carnival of Light" as a simple curiosity, but I'm also not anticipating any sort of revelatory and triumphant composition. For a non-self interested perspective (in contrast to Paul's), consider George Martin's description of the piece as "ridiculous." I, for one, would be more than comfortable standing with Sir George if my opinion matched his. In all that I've seen and read of him, he comes off as sensible as he does stately.

Possible counsel to consider in this matter: beware of myth-making.


Samuel said...

While I'm not familiar with this particular "mythical" track, it does seem that there is a reason most unreleased material isn't released, namely, because it isn't very good. I'm guessing this track is probably better left in the vault, or at least not publicized as some work of genius, to the letdown of many Beatles' fans.

bpl said...

Totally agree, guy. Paul should (at least for strategic purposes) tone down the rhetoric and discuss the song's release as being something great for the fans. He should talk about how we'll finally know what it sounds like (even if it doesn't deliver the goods which is more than likely).