The Beatles Play The Residents and The Residents Play The Beatles is a 1977 7" single by The Residents. Continuing an ongoing pastiche of The Beatles which began in 1973 with the release of Meet The Residents, the single contains a new Residents track entitled "Beyond The Valley Of A Day In The Life" which consists entirely of samples from Beatles records, and a cover of The Beatles' "Flying".


The first track on the single, "Beyond The Valley Of A Day In The Life" - aka "The Beatles Play The Residents" - is a tape collage of excerpts from songs by The Beatles. The track ends with Paul McCartney repeating the phrase "please, everybody, if we haven't done what we could have done, we tried" over and over. This is an excerpt from the third fan club Christmas record The Beatles released.

The flip side of the single, or "The Residents Play The Beatles", is a cover of The Beatles' instrumental "Flying", from their Magical Mystery Tour album, which was chosen for the treatment because it was the only song the band could find which credits all four Beatles as composers.

500 copies of the single were printed with hand screened three-color jackets. The single has never been re-issued on its own, however the two tracks have been included with CD reissues of The Third Reich 'n Roll.

Track listing

  1. Beyond The Valley Of A Day In The Life (3:56)
  2. Flying (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starr) (3:22)

See also

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