Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I Know I'll Often Stop And Think About Them

The next song on the Parlophone UK LP is an original Lennon/McCartney tune written mainly by John entitled "In My Life". Lennon has claimed that this is one of his favourites. This is a bit of a nostalgic tune and the original lyrics (before being recorded) name-checked Penny Lane in the words and was later crossed out.

The basic track for "In My Life" was reocrded on Monday October 18 1965 at EMI studio two. Three takes were attempted and only two were complete while one was a breakdown. The third take was kept and consisted of the vocal by John and backing by Paul, guitar, bass, drums and tambourine. Instead of opting for a guitar solo, it was decided by the Beatles to have a keyboard solo instead. Either on this session, or the next session, George Martin had used a hammond organ to fill the space although the idea changed at some point between this session and the next session. The next session being on Friday October 22 1965 once again at EMI studio two where the Hammond organ was wiped away and replaced by a piano solo once again played by George Martin. The piano was speeded up an octave in order to sound more like a harpsichord fitting for the Baroque type solo given.

"In My Life" was mixed for mono on Monday October 25 1965 from the control room of Studio two. The song was mixed for stereo the next day Tuesday October 28 1965 also from the control room of Studio two. There is a stereo remix that was performed for the 1987 released of the CD version that is not much difference except for a little more reverb on the vocals.

"In My Life" is available on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "Rubber Soul" as well as the North American Capitol version of the LP/CD "Rubber Soul". "In My Life" is also featured on the Apple 2-LP/2-CD "The Beatles 1962-1966" as well as the EMI/Capitol compilation 2-LP "Love Songs".

"In My Life" was never performed by The Beatles as a group, but the song was featured (oddly enough) with some slight lyrics changed when George Harrison conducted his North American "Dark Horse" concert tour of 1974. Hare Krishna !!

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