Saturday, March 6, 2010

Now Junior...Behave Yourself !!

The Parlophone UK LP "A Collection of Beatles Oldies" contained what we would nowadays call a "bonus track". This bonus track is written by Larry Williams and covered on this LP by the Beatles. The song is entitled "Bad Boy" and this tune remained unreleased in the UK up to this point. The rest of the LP "A Collection of Beatles Oldies" contains previously released songs from singles and two popular previously released LP tracks. The song is sung by John.

"Bad Boy" was recorded on Monday May 10 1965 (during the "Help!" sessions) at EMI studio two. Four takes of the rhythm track were completed during this time. Overdubs included John Lennon's absolutely amazing sounding lead vocals, Paul playing some electric piano, George adding another guitar and Ringo providing percussion (tambourine).

"Bad Boy" was mixed for mono and stereo at the same session as the recording: it's incredible that the recording and mixing of not only "Bad Boy" ("Dizzy Miss Lizzie" was also recorded and mixed in mono and stereo at the same session) but TWO tunes were completed and mixed in three and half hours. The session sheet for this date shows both songs finished between eight and eleven thirty in the evening.

"Bad Boy" can be found on the Parlophone UK LP "A Collection of Beatles Oldies" as well as the North American Capitol LP/CD "Beatles VI". It is also featured on the EMI/Capitol 2-LP compilation "Rock 'N' Roll Music" and can be found on the UK version of the EMI LP "Rarities". The song can also be found on the EMI/Capitol 2-LP release "Past Masters" as well as the CD EMI/Capitol version entitled "Past Masters Volume One". It is also found on the remastered 2-CD "Mono Masters" obviously in mono and on stereo on the "Past Masters"remastered version in stereo.


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