The albums in The Death and Life of Mal Evans are my fantasy albums. A lot of care and thought went into getting the right songs on these albums, ones that would sound the most like the Beatles and not a disjointed “Various Artists” compilation.
Most of the songs had one of five reasons to be included (in this order):
It was written while the Beatles were still together, giving it some status as a “Beatle” song.
It featured two or more Beatles playing on the song.
Another Beatle praised the song (meaning it may have passed a Beatle audition).
It fit with the way the album was coming together thematically.
It just sounded like the Beatles.
Tracklist: A Doll’s House
This title was originally slated to be the title for the Beatles’ White Album album in 1968. They even commissioned an illustration from the famed artist Patrick, but once they settled on The Beatles for the name, they opted for the plain white cover instead.
“Too Many People” (by Paul McCartney, from the album Ram, 1971). Some may object to a song criticizing John on a Beatles’ album, but the first time I heard the opening chords to this song, I immediately thought it sounded
like the Beatles. And the sharp lyrics made a nice turning point in the plot of the book (as did Linda’s vocals).
“It Don’t Come Easy” (Starr, Ringo, 1973)—Ringo’s hit single featured George on acoustic guitar and Mal on tambourine.
“Every Night” (McCartney, McCartney, 1970)—Paul debuted it during the Get Back sessions in 1969, with John even playing a slide guitar during one take.
“Oh My Love” (Lennon, Imagine, 1971)—This ballad appears on demos from 1968’s White Album sessions.
George plays guitar.
“Apple Scruffs” (Harrison, All Things Must Pass, 1970)—The song mainly lends to the acoustic feel of A Doll’s House. Mal Evans played a wooden block on it, and with the full harmonies, it does sound like a lost Beatles track from Abbey Road.