Thursday, April 8, 2010

Go To A Show You Hope She Goes.

The next song on the incredible "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" Parlophone UK LP is another original Lennon/McCartney composition written mainly by John entitled "Good Morning Good Morning". Lennon was inspired by a television commercial on a UK broadcast that advertised Kellog's Corn Flakes. This would not be the last time that "Corn Flakes" would be used in a Lennon song. During this time frame in the Beatles' career (1967); it's been said that Lennon used to sit at home and have the television on constantly with the sound off. This habit would continue on and off for most of his short life. The song has a very odd time signature to it but this is typical of the future songwriting efforts of Lennon where he would constantly break up the four/four timing with different rhythm attempts.

The basic track for "Good Morning Good Morning" was recorded on Wednesday February 08 1967 at EMI studio two with the instrumentation consisting of an electric guitar and John's guide vocal, drums and percussion. This basic track took eight takes to perfect and the eighth take would be the base for the future overdubs.

The next recording took place on February 16 1967 from EMI studio three. This time the lead vocal was added as well as Paul's bass guitar. Once this was complete, the instruments were reduced to one track and the vocals were reduced to a second track. The two reduction mixes brought this tune to take 10. A demo mono mix was also completed at this session. The song as it sounded from this time is available on the EMI/Apple 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 2".

Four days later on February 20 1967, "Good Morning Good Morning" was given a mono mix probably as a demo for the Beatles or George Martin to take away. This was also done at EMI studio three.

After almost three weeks, on March 13 1967 at EMI studio two; the brass musicians who went under the name "Sounds Incorporated" were assigned to overdub a french horn, two trombones and three saxes onto the basic track. These brass instruments were heavily compressed and sound very "beefy" on the recording.

Over two weeks later on March 28 1967 at EMI Studio two John Lennon re-taped his lead vocal and once completed John , Paul and George overdubbed their background vocals. Also overdubbed at this session was the searing guitar solo - played by Paul. If you listen carefully to the background vocals near the end , the Beatles are actually saying "Good Morgan, Good Morgan". An isolation of these background vocals have revealed this fact. It was also decided at this session that animal sounds would be added to the tune: this was compiled featuring a rooster, a cat, a dog, horses, sheep, lions, elephant, a fox, cow and finally a hen. A tape reduction of the song was also completed at this session which brought the tune into take 11.

The next day on Wednesday March 29 1967 from EMI studio two, the addition of the overdubbed animal sounds effect tape was completed at this session.

On Thursday April 06 1967 from the control room of EMI studio two, two mono mixes were attempted for "Good Morning Good Morning" (none of which were used for commerical purposes) as well as five stereo mixes for "Good Morning Good Morning" ( the fifth stereo mix was used on the commercial version).

Almost two weeks later on April 19 1967 and once again from the control room of EMI studio two, an incredible 14 more mono mixes were attempted. The 14th mono mix of "Good Morning Good Morning" was used on the commerical version.

There is a cross fade on the "Pepper" LP where a hen is clucking and it leads into the guitar part for the reprise of the title song. This is not done very smoothly on the mono mix but sounds very synced on the stereo mix. Since the stereo mix was completed before the satisfaction of the mono mix, it is likely that the idea of the cross fade may have been planned way before April 19 1967 although some publications have stated that the idea for the clucking/guitar was only brought to frutition on the 19th. Another difference between the mono and stereo mix is that the guitar solo and fills are very much oscillated on the mono mix but sound very "straight" on the stereo mix.

"Good Morning Good Morning" appears on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" as well as the North American Capitol LP of the same name. The song also appears on the UK and North American picture disc of "Pepper" which were both released in the late 1970s.

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