Friday, December 4, 2009

If You Wanna Dance With Me

The fourth song for the Parlophone UK LP "Beatles For Sale" is also the first cover version. The song is entitled "Rock And Roll Music" and is sung by John with the Beatles playing their usual instruments and the addition of John, Paul and George Martin simultaneously on the piano. It's basically a "live off the floor" performance apart from the piano bit. The original version was written and performed by the great Chuck Berry.

The song was recorded in only one take on Sunday October 18 1964 at EMI studio two. Lennon's vocal is a true highlight. "Rock And Roll Music" was mixed for mono on October 26 1964 from the control room of studio two. Finally, the song was mixed for stereo on November 04 1964 in the control room of studio two as well. The stereo mix drops the piano out for a few seconds just before the two minute mark for some reason.

"Rock And Roll Music" was performed live during the 1964 Christmast shows, the 1965 European tour as well as being the opener for the 1966 Germany/Japan/ Phillipines and US tour. There was also a compilation album of the same name released by EMI/Capitol in 1976.

"Rock And Roll Music" is available on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "Beatles For Sale" as well as the North American Capitol LP/CD "Beatles '65" and the above mentioned compilation EMI/Capitol 2-LP "Rock And Roll Music".

"Rock And Roll Music" was performed once for the BBC and it was featured on "Saturday Club". This performance is featured on the Apple 2-LP/2-CD "Live At the BBC".

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