Saturday, December 19, 2009

Please Don't Wear Red Tonight

The next song for consideration ended up as the B side to the "Ticket To Ride" single. It was an original Lennon/McCartney composition written mainly by John and was in the style of the three part harmony type "This Boy" in it's execution. The song in question is entitled "Yes It Is" and is a very nice with somewhat bizarre (to my ears) harmony between John,Paul and George. "Yes It Is" would not feature in the Beatles' second motion picture nor would it be featured on the upcoming LP. It was strictly designated (at that time) as a B side only.

"Yes It Is" was recorded on Tuesday February 16 1965 and it took approximately five hours from start to finish. The Beatles recorded fourteen takes of the basic track and the vocals alone took almost three hours to complete. Of course, this was a long time for the Beatles to complete a song compared to previous efforts. Today...well, this is laughable. Nowadays it takes almost a week just to get a drum sound...hahaha. The song was recorded at EMI Studio Two. Takes one and two of "Yes It Is" can be heard on the vinyl version of one in a series for the "Ultra Rare Trax" project (LP, vol. 3/4) and take 14 pre-mega vocals can be heard on one in a series for the "Unsurpassed Masters" project (CD, vol. 07). An edit of takes 2 in mono and 14 in stereo (commercial version) can be heard on the Apple 2-CD/ 3-LP "Anthology 2".

"Yes It Is" was mixed for mono on February 18 1965 from the control room of studio two. Finally the stereo mix (which ended up being a very rare mix for over two decades) was completed once again from the control room of studio two on February 23 1965.

"Yes It Is" is available on the Parlophone UK single R 5265 (mono); it also appeard on the North American Capitol LP/CD "Beatles VI" (the stereo version is actually duophonic), the EMI/Capitol 2-LP compilation "Love Songs", the Apple 2-LP "Past Masters Volume 1 and 3" and the Apple CD "Past Masters Volume 1"; finally, it appears on the Apple remasters collection "Mono Masters" as well as the remastered re-issue of "Past Masters".

"Yes It Is" was never performed live nor was it performed for BBC radio.


  1. this song makes me blue in spite of all that is new for it makes me think of the old love I once felt :-(

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