Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I Have Never Known The Likes Of This

The fifth song on side two of the UK LP "Help!" (or number twelve on the CD of the same) is a very nice and quick folk-rock original composition by Lennon/McCartney by the name of "I've Just Seen A Face". This was mainly written by Paul. A very acoustic and quick step type number and I can imagine all of those bluegrass bands salivating as they hear this gem. The song starts off in three-four time with the acoustic guitar playing triplets until about 10 bars into it when it becomes a two-four time and a very quick singing lyric.

The song was recorded on Monday June 14 1965 at EMI studio number two. The tune took six takes to perfect main consisting of the acoustic guitars ( six and twelve string) as well as a perfected McCartney vocal and maracas. The overdubs consisted of another McCartney vocal harmonizing with himself on the choruses and a very nice, quick George Harrison acoustic solo. This is one of those songs where there is real no middle eight per se.

"I've Just Seen A Face" was mixed for both mono and stereo on the same day. Friday June 18 1965 from the control room of studio two.

"I've Just Seen A Face" is available on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "Help!" and on the North American Capitol LP/CD "Rubber Soul".

Paul McCartney performed this tune during the American tour of 1976 with his band "Wings" and it can be heard on the EMI/Capitol 3-LP/2-CD "Wings Over America". It had a totally different arrangement when played on that particular tour.

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