"Don't Bother Me" was the first wholly composed George Harrison composition to be recorded by the Beatles. (Both "In Spite of All the Danger" and "Cry For a Shadow" were co-written - the former is available on the Apple 3-LP/2 CD "Anthology 1" while the latter is availabe on various Polydor vinyl recordings. More on this in another blog topic to be discussed in the future).
"Don't Bother Me" was the fourth song released on the "With The Beatles" LP/CD and coming from George, a kinda negative subject and very minor chords incorporated in the song. It has a very "Beatley" favour if I must say so myself. I find it one of the more interesting original songs on the LP and I've always enjoyed it. A nice guitar part by Lennon and lots of percussion.
"Don't Bother Me" was first recorded in EMI studio Two on Wednesday September 11 1963. There were seven takes and they all seems unsatisfactory, so a "re-make" or a "re-structure" of the song was once again attempted the next day - September 12 - and nine more takes were recorded. The overdubs included a vocal by George and added percussion.
Some of the studio reels from September 12 exist and there are a few outtakes available of this session. They can be found on "Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 01" although I don't know if I should be telling you that. It's very interesting to listen to George lay down some guide vocals as he sounds very shaky and nervous. The end result, though, is really worth it as this turned out to be such a superb track. It's been written that George was never really happy with this song. A shame really.
"Don't Bother Me" is considered a "deep track" and was sadly never performed live nor was it ever played for BBC radio.
The song is available on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "With The Beatles", the Capitol of Canada 6000 series LP "Beatlemania: With The Beatles" and the US Capitol LP "Meet The Beatles".