Monday, October 26, 2009

And Now You've Changed Your Mind

The next entry is the sixth song on side two of the "With the Beatles" LP OR track 13 on the CD of the same name. The song is entitled "Not A Second Time". This is an original Lennon/McCartney composition although it's mainly written by John. It has a very original instrumentation as piano, acoustic guitar, bass and drums seem to drive it. John's vocal is very obviously double-tracked (as are most of the vocals on this particular LP). A very original song and very pretty. One of my favourite "deep tracks" from the second LP.

"Not A Second Time" was first attempted on Wednesday September 11 1963 in EMI Studio two during the evening. There were nine takes recorded, takes one to five were the basic bedrock while the six to nine were overdubs of the double-tracked vocals and piano which was played by George Martin.

The song was mixed for mono in the control room of studio two on September 30 1963. The song was mixed for stereo at the same time as all the others: October 29 1963 in studio three.

"Not A Second Time" is available on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "With The Beatles", also on Capitol of Canada 6000 series LP: "Beatlemania: With the Beatles" and on the US Capitol LP/CD "Meet the Beatles".

"Not A Second Time" was never performed live in concert or for BBC radio. A shame. If you get a chance, listen to the cover version by the Pretenders. It's pretty good.

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