Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I Wanna Be Free !!

The last song on the Parlophone UK LP/CD is entitled "Money (That's What I Want)". This cover song was originally written by Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford. Another Motown cover that was originally performed by Barrett Strong for the Tamla label. The Beatles' version has John singing the lead.

A very powerful performance and a great way to end the album. "Money" was recorded on Thursday July 18 1963 and seven takes were required. A piano edit piece was included. The song was picked up again almost two weeks later on July 30 1963. Once again, the piano was played by George Martin. "Money" was edited and mixed for mono on August 21 1963. Strangely, two more piano overdubs were performed by George Martin on September 30 1963. I don't believe the September 30th overdubs were ever used as the song was not mixed for mono after this session. BUT...the song was mixed for stereo on October 30 1963 and is the only song from the "With The Beatles" LP to be mixed in stereo on this day as all of the other tracks were mixed for stereo the previous day (oct 29/63).

"Money" was also recorded for the Beatles' January 01 1962 audition for Decca Records. This version is available on certain quasi-legal LPs and/or CDs of questionable origin.

"Money (That's What I Want)" is available on the following: the Parlophone UK LP/CD "With The Beatles", the Capitol of Canada 6000 series LP/CD "Beatlemania:With The Beatles", the US Capitol LP/CD "The Beatles' Second Album" and the EMI 2 LP set "Rock and Roll".

"Money (That's What I Want)" was performed live for the BBC six times: Three times on "Saturday club", twice on "Pop Go The Beatles" episodes 3 and 12; and once on "From Us to You".

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