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How Helter Skelter Evolved From A Blues Song To The Version We Know Today

Special Feature From The Beatles White Album Reissue, 2018

Did you know Helter Skelter started out life as a blues song?

In this video, Giles Martin plays us a clip from the first time The Beatles ran through the song together. This original 12+ minute version sounds much closer to the blues than the version we know today.

Giles shows us how the song developed into the still-contemporary-sounding, loud, heavy rock track we're more familiar with - the song that became the forefront for heavy metal.

Watch the clip to hear how Helter Skelter evolved.