Next month, a comprehensive box set will be released to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ ‘White Album’ (which is officially titled, but rarely referred to as, The Beatles). It includes new mixes and outtakes, including this acoustic version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” released today.
Featuring only George Harrison on guitar and Paul McCartney on harmonium, this stripped-back version was recorded in July 1968, as Rolling Stone reports. It’s apparently the second-ever take of the song (there’s another acoustic version of the song in the box set that’s marked “take 27,” according to the official tracklist).
Needless to say, it’s a must-listen for Beatles completists, but even the casual fan will enjoy the unvarnished look at the song’s development and the Fab Four’s process at the time—listen out for Harrison telling the Abbey Road crew to give McCartney his own microphone early on in the track.
The White Album Super Deluxe box set is out November 9. Meanwhile, stream “While My Guitar Gently Weeps—Acoustic Version / Take 2” below: