Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I Feel As Though I Ought To Know

The next song we hear on the Parlophone UK LP "Rubber Soul" is an original Lennon/McCartney composition entitled "Wait". This song has a very strange history. "Wait" was never intended for "Rubber Soul", it was originally intended to appear on the Beatles' previous second sountrack Parlophone UK LP "Help!". Once the basic track had been completed, it was decided that the song was sub-par and was never used for the soundtrack LP. Fast forward to November 1965: the Beatles were trying to complete the "Rubber Soul" album and time was running out. It was almost mid November and the LP was due to be released in the UK on December 03 1965. Therefore, the tapes for "Wait" were dusted off (so to speak) and the song was completed with overdubs and released on side two of the "Rubber Soul" LP. I actually like the song and I find it just as interesting as anything else released by the Beatles in 1965. It has a shared vocal between John and Paul so I'm assuming it was jointly written.

The basic track for "Wait" was recorded back on Thursday July 17 1965 at EMI Studio two. There were four takes of the basic track which included guitars, bass, drums and the vocals. "Wait" remained this way until Thursday November 11 1965 when it was decided to pull the tape of the basic track out of storage and overdubs including a tone pedal guitar, a second McCartney vocal, tambourine and maracas were added. This session also used EMI studio two.

"Wait" was mixed for mono and mixed for stereo on the same day - four days after the overdubs on Monday November 15 1965 from EMI studio one. There was also a stereo mix made for the 1987 CD release and this mix centered the main vocal.

"Wait" is available on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "Rubber Soul" as well as the North American Capitol LP/CD "Rubber Soul". Probably not the best song on the LP, but certainly not the worst either. It's always nice to re-visit this "deep track".

"Wait" was never performed live by the Beatles.

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