Newly discovered track – not 1968 after all
A few days ago, we told you about a newly discovered track featuring George and Ringo. The story that went along with the track was this: The song, «Radhe Shaam», was written and produced by broadcaster Suresh Joshi in 1968 and features Ringo Starr on drums and George Harrison on guitar. Meant for inclusion in a film, the song was supposedly recorded at Trident Studios during a break in the recording sessions for «Hey Jude».
The film was shelved and the track almost forgotten until it was unearthed at 75 year old Joshi’s Birmingham home by a friend who was checking on him during lockdown. The track was premiered at the Liverpool Beatles Museum and later released through Apple Music and iTunes and it also has an official website. All proceeds of the sale of the track goes to charitable causes.
However, it has later been discovered that Mr Joshi was a bit off with placing the recording in time. The place was right, Trident Studios, but the most likely date of the recording is March 10, 1970.
The session was for a future project for Aashish Khan and John Barham. Musicians were Khan, Harrison, Clapton, Starr, Preston and Voormann. All save for Khan involved in George’s upcoming album «All things must pass».
So that’s not George playing lead, it’s Clapton, while George is on rhythm guitar. The song they were to record was a track called «In Praise Of Lord (We Are All Children Of God)» as discussed by Khan ten years ago. So it seems they also recorded Mr Joshi’s song, «Radhe Shaam». At the time, the song was untitled, which may explain why it escaped mention over the years.
John Barham & Ashish Khans’s album was eventually released in 1973. Titled «Jugalbandi» on Elektra Records, the album left out both of the superstar tracks from March 1970.