Tuesday, December 29, 2009

For I Have Got

The fifth song from the fifth Parlophone UK LP/CD "Help!" is an original Lennon/McCartney tune mainly written by Paul entitled "Another Girl". This bouncy number is featured in the film while the Beatles are located in the Bahamas and they mime to this song while being surrounded by scantily clad 60s looking young females in bikinis. The miming is also interesting because it shows some of the Beatles playing their own instruments, sometimes playing the other instruments (George playing the Hofner Bass, etc.) or using the girls as instruments ( Don't ask, you have to see it to understand).

"Another Girl" was started on Monday February 15 1965 at EMI studio two and the backing track was recorded in one take. There were guitar flourishes attempted by George as an edit piece and ten of the edit pieces were recorded with the seventh attempt being deemed as the best try. The idea for the guitar flourishes was eventually scrapped.

The next day on Tuesday February 16 1965, "Another Girl" was improved when Paul added some lead guitar work while John Lennon added some acoustic guitar and George Harrison added some electric rythm guitar.

"Another Girl" was mixed for mono two days later on February 18 1965 from the control room of studio two. The stereo mix was finalized five days later on February 23 1965 also from the control room of studio two. This (once again) is an example of how quickly the Beatles worked in the studio during this period. The song was fully recorded in only two days and then mixed for mono and stereo within a little more than a week from conception. Amazing !!

It must be stressed at this point that most of the "Help!" LP was later re-mixed for stereo by George Martin and company for the release of the original CDs in 1987. On this particular track, there is slightly more reverb added to the track when you compare the original stereo mix of 1965 and the later mix in 1987. You can hear the original mix on the LP , of course, but it is now also available as part of the remastered mono collection as bonus tracks from this particular CD where you get the album in mono and the original stereo mixes all on one CD !! Cool!!

"Another Girl" is available on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "Help!" as well as the North American Capitol soundtrack LP/CD "Help!".

"Another Girl" was never performed live.

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