Monday, December 14, 2009

Though Tonight She's Made Me Sad

A real gem and one of my favourites from the fourth Beatles Parlophone UK LP "Beatles For Sale" is an original Lennon/McCartney number entitled "I Don't Want to Spoil The Party". It's a country tinged type fast ballad written and sung mainly by John and has nice underlying harmonies. Also a very nice country influenced guitar solo by George. The lyrics and subject are a little bit dark which compliments some of the earlier original Lennon/McCartney tunes on this LP with other dark earlier numbers such as "No Reply", "I'm A Loser"and "Baby's In Black". "I Don't Want to Spoil The Party" was used as a B-side for some of the singles around the world and mainly for "Eight Days A Week". It's a very underrated song (in my opinion) and should be a classic. It's definitely one of the prettier and deserving tunes on the LP.

"I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" was recorded in 19 takes - only five of which were complete - on Tuesday September 29 1964 at EMI studio two. The overdubs include tambourine and some "ooo" backing vocals. Paul provided low harmonies in the verses and the higher harmony for the chorus.

"I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" was the first song mixed for mono on Monday October 26 1964 from the control room of studio two. Finally, the tune was mixed for stereo on Wednesday November 04 1964 also from the control room of studio two.

The song is available on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "Beatles For Sale" as well as the North American Capitol LP/CD "Beatles VI".

Unfortunately, this title was never performed live and never recorded live for BBC radio.

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