Sunday, November 1, 2009

Mach Shau Part Two

As mentioned in the previous post, there were two songs that the Beatles had been tasked to complete with German vocals for the German market. I've discussed the first song completed - "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" - and this post will deal with the second song completed "Sie Liebt Dich".

"Sie Liebt Dich" has the same history as the previous song and was also recorded at the same session as "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand". The recording was held on Wednesday January 29 1964 at EMI Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France. The recording circumstances for "Sie Liebt Dich" were immensely different than "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand". In the latter recording, the backing instrumental was already supplied due to the fact that the four track recording simply took away the vocal tracks and left the two track instrument backing intact. On the other hand, "Sie Liebt Dich" is "She Loves You" sung in German. The problem was that ever since the mono master of the recording had been completed, the original twin track had been discarded. This is why "She Loves You" and "I'll Get You" (which were both recorded on July 01 1963) have never appeared in true stereo anywhere due to the fact that the original twin track tapes were never kept. Therefore, the backing rythm track had to be performed once more. If you listen to the backing track on "Sie Liebt Dich" and the backing track on "She Loves You" , there is an audible difference although not really enough to warrant any major perception by the casual fan. "Sie Liebt Dich" was mixed for mono on March 10 1964 in the control room of EMI Abbey Road Studio Two. The song was mixed for stereo two days later on March 12 1964 in the control room of EMI Abbey Road Studio Three.

"Sie Liebt Dich" appeared on a few single in the 1960's - mainly the German copy on Odeon. The picture sleeve for the German release appears above. It was also on a Capitol of Canada single and it was released in the United States on the "Swan" label.

"Sie Liebt Dich" finally appeared on the Parlophone UK LP "Rarities" and it's US Capitol counterpart of the same name. It is also available on the Apple EMI 2-LP/ CD: "Past Masters Volume 1". The remasters featured the song in stereo on "Past Masters Volume 1" as well as a mono version on the "Mono Masters".

"Sie Liebt Dich" was never performed live with the German lyrics.

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