Thursday, December 31, 2009

I'll Make A Point Of Taking Her Away From You

The sixth song from the album soundtrack of the Beatles second feature film is another original Lennon/McCartney tune mainly written by John entitled: "You're Going To Lose That Girl". It's a call and response type of song which features John on vocal backed by Paul and George. In the movie, you can see the Beatles mime to this tune while being in a mock recording studio. It's one of my favourite scenes in the movie.

There were two takes of the backing for the song recorded on Friday February 19 1965 @ EMI Studio two. The first take was a breakdown and the second take was complete and chosen for the commercial release. Paul added piano and Ringo added bongos to complete the session for this day.

The next day on Saturday February 20 1965, "You're Going To Lose That Girl" was mixed for mono from the control room of studio two. Three days later, on February 23 1965, the song was mixed for stereo once again from the control room of studio two. Finally, there was another attempt to mix the song for stereo on Friday April 02 1965 from the control room of studio two but this mix was never used. At least that's the official story: in the 1980s, there was another mix circulating that does not include the overdubbed piano and bongos and has a completed different guitar solo from George. Although the February 19 1965 session clearly tells us that the backing track was completed, either the guitar solo was overdubbed at this session and/or it was later overdubbed or maybe just an attempt to improve the performance. It must also be noted that the 80s mix does not include the piano and bongos so the exact order of the overdubs is in question. Regardless, the commercial version is the one which includes the overdubs of piano and bongos.

"You're Going To Lose That Girl" is available on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "Help!" as well as the North American Capitol version of the LP/CD "Help!". The song is also featured on the 2-LP EMI/Capitol compilation "Love Songs".

The song was never performed live.

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