Thursday, October 22, 2009

Seems That I'm Always Thinking Of You

The third song on side two of "With The Beatles" on LP and the tenth song on the CD is a cover song entitled "You Really Got A Hold On Me". The original song was released by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. The composer is William Robinson. This Motown song was recorded on July 18 1963 and was the first song recorded for the "With The Beatles" LP/CD.

"You Really Got A Hold On Me" was recorded in Studio Two and it took seven takes with four edit pieces. This song features John Lennon on vocal and George Martin plays the piano on this one. The song was edited and mixed for mono in Studio Three on August 21 1963. It was mixed for stereo in Studio Three on October 29 1963.

"You Really Got A Hold On Me" was also recorded by the Beatles later in their career at the Apple Studios located at 3 Savile Row in London. It was recorded for the "Get Back" project on Sunday January 26 1969. This version was later mixed for stereo at Olympic Sound Studios in London by Glyn Johns with the express purpose of releasing it on the "Get Back" LP (which was later renamed "Let It Be" once Phil Spector got his greasy little hands on it). This particular performance can be seen in the movie "Let It Be". The song is obviously just being jammed around with and it's played in a very high key as John Lennon has a hard time singing it (he's also trying to remember the words...hahaha). Although recorded and mixed, this audio version remains unreleased (although it can be found on bootlegs containing the "Let It Be" soundtrack).

The 1963 commercial version of the song can be found 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/CD "The Beatles' Second Album".

A live version of "You Really Got A Hold On Me" from a performance in Sweden can be heard on the 3-LP/ 2 CD Apple release: "Anthology 1".

"You Really Got A Hold On Me" was performed four times for BBC radio. There were three performances on "Pop Go The Beatles" episodes 1 and 9 and 14. There was also a performance for "Saturday Club".

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