Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Go Where You're Going To

The next (and fifth) song from the Parlophone UK LP "Rubber Soul" is also the first George Harrison composition from the LP. It's a great tune entitled "Think For Yourself". It also features a very melodic bass line played through a fuzz box by Paul.

The song was recorded in one take (actually, the basic track was recorded in one take and various overdubs were performed over it). This took place on Monday November 08 1965 at EMI Studio two. The original title for the song was thought up later and at first was entitled "Won't Be There With You" although the change occurred during the recording session to it's inevitable current title. The original line up of instruments for the basic track consisted of Ringo on drums, Paul on regular bass, John and George on electric guitars. Overdubs include the fuzz bass, piano tambourine and the vocals.

"Think For Yourself" was mixed for mono and stereo the next day from room 65 at EMI studio on Abbey Road. The song was also re-mixed for the Apple LP/CD "Yellow Submarine Soundtrack" with the main vocal and rhythm track centered while the back vocals stay left and the piano and fuzz bass stay right. There are no main differences between the original mono and stereo mix as well as the CD remix.

It's interesting to note that a vocal rehearsal was taped on the same night as the recording session. This half hour tape exists and was kept due to the fact that it may have originally been used to issue as part of the Beatles' Third Christmas Record (The Christmas records will be discussed in a later post). Part of the harmony vocal rehearsal is available on the Apple film "Yellow Submarine" as the Beatles land in Pepperland and use a few seconds from this tape as a soundtrack foliage to help the Lord Mayor of Pepperland out of his Apple bonkered Apple trap (Don't ask, you gotta see the film!). A little more than fifteen minutes of this session rehearsal tape can also be heard on the Swinging Pig CD "Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 07".

"Think For Yourself" is available on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "Rubber Soul" as well as the North American Capitol Records version of "Rubber Soul". It is also featured on the Parlophone/Capitol/Music for Pleasure LP/CD "The Best of George Harrison". Finally, it also appears in the above mentioned re-mixed version on the Apple LP/CD "Yellow Submarine Songtrack".

The song was never performed live by the Beatles.

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