Thursday, February 18, 2010

Each One Believing

The next song on the fantastic Parlophone UK LP "Revolver" is an original Lennon/McCartney composition written mainly by Paul entitled "Here, There and Everywhere". This tender love song features very nice three part harmony backing vocals and very soft drums (probably played with brushes by Ringo). A very classy tune and well written and at various times this song has been cited as one of McCartney's favourite (with good reason). A true highlight of the LP. Supposedly, "Here, There and Everywhere" was inspired by the Beach Boys' recording "God Only Knows" from the "Pet Sounds" sessions.

The first four takes of "Here, There and Everywhere" commenced on Tuesday June 14 1966 at EMI studio two. The four takes consisted of mainly the basic track but there were vocals added onto take four. Two days later, on Thursday June 16 1966, The Beatles decided to start the song once again from scratch and nine more takes were recording (takes 5 to 13). The overdubs on the song also recorded this day include the bass guitar, the soft drums, finger snaps and the gorgeous John Paul and George backing vocals. There was a tape reduction made after the overdubs as all four tracks of the tape machine were filled. This created take 14. Finally, the next day on Friday June 17 1966 also from EMI studio two, overdubs included a double tracked McCartney vocal (at one point he harmonizes with himself) and a bit of electric guitar.

"Here, There and Everywhere" got it's first mono mix on the same day as the completion of the recording on June 17 1966 from studio two. The song was mixed for mono again on June 21 1966 from the control room of studio three with two attempts at the mono mix - one appearing on the LP. There were also two stereo mixes attempted from the same date and location and one of them appearing on the stereo version of the LP.

"Here, There and Everywhere" appears on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "Revolver" as well as the North American Capitol LP version of "Revolver". The song is also featured on the EMI/Capitol compilation 2-LP "Love Songs" as well as the EMI UK and Capitol of Canada LP "The Beatles Ballads". An outtake of the song with the basic track and Paul's guide vocal from take 07 (with the background vocals from take 13 "flown in") can be found on the Apple/EMI EP/CD "Real Love".

Paul McCartney performed an acoustic version of "Here, There and Everywhere" on the television show MTV Unplugged which was released on LP and CD in 1991 with the title "Unplugged:The Official Bootleg".

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