This might not be a new story, but time is a relative construct when you’re dealing with alternate dimensions. As writer John Kerrison brought to light in an entertaining blog post last year, a man calling himself James Richards claims to have traveled to another dimension and brought back an unreleased Beatles album entitled Everyday Chemistry. If you don’t believe him (we don’t, for the record), you can download the entire album for free and listen for yourself.
Richards’ website, The Beatles Never Broke Up, also offers a detailed account of how he came into possession of the mysterious tape. It starts on September 9th, 2009, when Richards was chasing his dog through a barren patch of the California desert just west of Turlock. He stumbled on a rock, fell unconscious, and woke up in a room filled with strange electronic equipment. Apparently, an interdimensional “tourist” named Jonas had discovered him while on a trip and transported him back to his own dimension to aid in his recovery.
After explaining the intricacies of transdimensional travel and treating him to some purple ketchup (!), Jonas popped in a cassette of Beatles songs that had never been released — much less recorded — in our own dimension. As soon as Jonas left the room, Richards sneaked one of the Beatles cassettes into his pocket, and it remained with him until he crossed back into his own dimension. Now, at the risk of upsetting the entire space-time continuum, Richards has decided to share the “lost” Beatles album with the world. Our world, just to clarify.
As for the album itself, Everyday Chemistry is best described as a strange mashup of the Fab Four’s solo projects, with a few instrumental flourishes sprinkled in. It’s not a bad effort, all things considered, though it does answer a question that nobody wanted to ask: What would The Beatles sound like if they had survived through the disco era?
If you don’t feel like downloading the whole album, Everyday Chemistry is also available on YouTube; put on your tin foil hat and listen to opening track “Four Guys” below.