"Nobody I Know" was Paul McCartney's follow-up to "World Without Love", both songs having been given by Paul to his friend and almost brother-in-law, Peter Asher, to record with his duo Peter & Gordon. The song was released on 29 May 1964.
Several supposed bootleg demos of the Beatles playing the song have surfaced, but I am very suspicious of their validity. Even so, here are two of them - decide for yourself if you think it sounds like the real thing or not.
In addition to the fact that this doesn't really sound like Lennon, it's also a McCartney composition. Lennon admitted this in his 1980 interview with David Sheff of Playboy magazine (page 204). So why would Lennon have recorded the demo? My conclusion: This is one is forged.
The vocals sound more legit in this one, but the instrument playing (particularly the lead guitar) and the production does not. That plus the fact that it is definitely NOT part of the Beatles Anthology (as the above video claims) makes me conclude this one is forged, too.
Sheff, David. G. Barry Golson, ed. The Playboy Interviews with John Lennon & Yoko Ono. Berkley Books, New York, NY, 1983.
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