A never-before-heard 1967 George Harrison track, “In the First Place,” has just been dusted off for commercial release — something sure to be music to Beatles’ fans ears.
Helmer Joe Massot stumbled upon the song while piecing together a new audio track for his 1968 Brit cult film “Wonderwall” — the pic that provided the inspiration for band Oasis’s eponymously named breakthrough hit.
Massot initially thought he was just doing routine cleaning of the film (featuring the only score ever composed by Harrison) in time for its U.S. preem June 26 at an American Cinematheque-sponsored “Austin Powers” tribute fest.
But while rifling through the old soundtrack tapes, Massot heard a new tune with a Harrison ring to it.
It turns out that Harrison recorded “In the First Place” with backup band Remo Four, but never submitted it to Massot for consideration as part of the original “Wonderwall” score.
In response to a plea from Massot, however, Harrison agreed to release the song commercially and add it to the new director’s cut of pic. But he insisted on two conditions — he would receive credit only as producer (although his voice is plainly heard on the track) and Remo Four would be named as the performer.
Song, which sounds a lot like Harrison’s “Blue Jay Way,” is currently selling online through Massot’s Pilar Prods. Web site. But the helmer is shopping around for possible pacts with record companies.
Massot is also hunting for a U.S. homevid distrib for “Wonderwall.”
In addition to the “Wonderwall” bow, the American Cinematheque also plans to unspool for its “Austin Powers” fest Stanley Donen’s “Bedazzled,” the Jack Nicholson-scripted “Head,” the Beatles starrers “Help” and “A Hard Day’s Night,” and Peter Yates’ first helming effort, “Summer Holiday.”
Fest will roll out June 25 through July 4 at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre.
And capping off the fest July 4 is a Brit-themed tea party to be attended by surprise guests with ’60s connections.
For ticket information, call (323) 466-3456.