A new Beatles single was released at the end of 1964. Since the release of the third Parlophone UK LP back in July, the Beatles had been busy touring, making television and radio appearances as well as visiting Abbey Road (or EMI) Studios on occasion in order to complete the second and final LP of 1964. The new single preceeded the new LP by only a week. It was November 27 1964 and the "hit" side of the single contained a Lennon/McCartney song entitled "I Feel Fine".
This tune was mainly written by John and the first sound heard on the song is a guitar/bass feedback. The catchy riff comes next and then the verse and choruses and middle eight. A classic song and it hit the top of charts worldwide. It was released just in time for Christmas and it sold tons.
"I Feel Fine" was recorded on Sunday October 18 1964 at EMI Studio two. Nine takes of the song were attempted with most of the takes being used up to concentrate on the backing track. The vocals were overdubbed on the final take.
Three days later on October 21 1964, four mono remixes for "I Feel Fine" were made at EMI room 65. The third mono mix was used for the British single while the fourth mono mix was made for the North American market. The next day on October 22 1964 in the control room of studio one, there was a fifth attempt at a mono mix but this was never released. Finally, "I Feel Fine" was mixed for stereo on November 04 1964 in the control room of studio two.
"I Feel Fine" was released as the A side of a single in the UK - Parlophone R 5200 as well as a single in North America on Capitol 5327. The song is also available on the North American Capitol LP/CD "Beatles '65" - the Capitol stereo version is probably the worst mix ever known to man as it is drenched in echo and sounds like shit - as well as the Parlophone UK LP "A Collection of Beatles Oldies". The song can be found on the Apple 2-LP/ 2-CD: "The Beatles 1962-1966" with the UK version having an untrimmed intro featuring some whispering. The song has also appeared on the EMI/Capitol LP: "20 Greatest Hits" both the US and UK version, the Apple/ EMI 2-LP/2-CD "Past Masters Volume One" as well as the remasters mono and stereo version, the Apple 2-LP/CD "1".
The Beatles performed "I Feel Fine" often in concert. It was performed during the Christmas shows, and the European and American tours of 1965. It was performed on television for the Ed Sullivan show in the same year.
"I Feel Fine" was performed once for the BBC although it aired twice using the same recording. The song first appeared on "Top Gear" and was later repeated on "Saturday Club". You can hear the performance on the Apple 2-LP/2-CD: "The Beatles Live At the BBC".