"Beatles Forever" is an unreleased song by Electric Light Orchestra in 1983, intended for the album Secret Messages, written by Jeff Lynne. Originally, the album was planned to be a double album, but after shortened to a single album, "Beatles Forever" was abandoned. It is the only "lost" track from the original album not to appear later as an official bonus track or part of a compilation. However, the chorus part of "Beatles Forever" was used by Lynne on his "Video!" solo single.[original research?]
Acetates of the double album version of Secret Messages are known to exist. At an ELO Fan Club Convention, "Beatles Forever" was played as a treat for fans under strict conditions concerning the presence of recording equipment. These conditions were evidently not strict enough, and a recording was made using a portable video camera.[original research?]
However, a statement from the official ELO mailing list indicates the song may ultimately be released as part of a 2CD Secret Messages set: "Nothing can be released without Jeff Lynne's approval but there currently is a proposal for a 2-CD Deluxe Collectors Edition of Secret Messages which includes the original unreleased 2-LP version (including "Beatles Forever"), the released 1-LP version and more. As with all the Legacy 1st edition remasters from 2001 (Eldorado, Discovery, Time, Secret Messages) there are full proposals in with SonyBMG for upgraded 2-CD Deluxe Collectors Editions. I'll let you all know how that goes..."