Sunday, January 31, 2010

Why, Tell Me Why, Did You Not Treat Me Right.

The next song on the Beatles' Parlophone UK LP "Rubber Soul" is a ditty that is an original Lennon/McCartney composition and is mainly written by Paul entitled "I'm Looking Through You". This tune was inspired by a spat between Paul McCartney and his then-girlfriend Jane Asher.

The recording of this song started on Sunday October 24 1965 at EMI studio two. This backing track was recorded in one take with the usual drums, bass and acoustic while the addition of vocals, organ and percussion were undertaken as overdubs. It must be noted that this earlier take does not have the middle eight as it had not been written at this time. This version of the song did not satisfy the Beatles and the song was re-made. This particular version has existed on bootlegs for years and can be heard on the Untra Rare Trax Volume one set on CD. This version was also considered for the track listing of the EMI compilation "Sessions" but was ultimately scrapped along with the entire project. Finally, this version was officially released on the Apple 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 2'.

The second version of "I'm Looking Through You" was recorded on Saturday November 06 1965 once again in EMI studio two. This version was attempted with two more takes of the backing track yet this version was never used. It remains unreleased as far as I know.

Finally, four days later on November 10 1965 at EMI studio two, the Beatles completed the fourth and final take of "I'm Looking Through You" that ended up with everyone satisfied. The overdubbed Paul vocal and the backing John vocal (along with Ringo's organ attacks) were done the next day on November 11 1965 at the usual studio two.

The mono mix and the stereo mix were both done on November 15 1965 from the control room of studio one. The North American version of "Rubber Soul" has the extended intro with a couple of false starts on acoustic guitar that is not available on the UK version of the LP. Also, the mono mix of "I'm Looking Through You" has a longer fade out than the stereo mix.

"I'm Looking Through You" is available on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "Rubber Soul" and is also found on the North American Capitol LP/CD "Rubber Soul".

"I'm Looking Through You" was never performed live.

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