Saturday, April 10, 2010

We'd Like To Thank You Once Again

The second last song on the Parlophone UK LP "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is a reprise of the title track which is an original composition by Lennon/McCartney written mainly by Paul. This idea to reprise the title track was considered near the end of the completion of the LP. Once again, a great 4/4 drum beat, heavy guitars and Paul's raunchy voice dominate this exciting track. Plenty of audience noises are also present on this as with the title track.

"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)" was recorded in it's entirety on Saturday April 01 1967 from EMI studio one. Due to the size of the studio one room, the drums on this track sound very big and reverberated. The Beatles recorded the whole track in nine takes. The instrumentation for this track featured Ringo on drums, Paul on bass and guide vocal, John and George playing their electric guitars and George Martin on the harmonium. Once take nine was completed , the harmony vocals were overdubbed along with percussion such as tambourine and maracas. Lastly, audience noise was overdubbed onto the track and the song was complete. An alternate take of the tune (take 05) is available on the EMI/Apple 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 2".

The mono mix for "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)" was mixed at EMI studio one from the control room at the same date as the recording session (April 01 1967). Nine mono mixes were attempted with the last mix being used commercially.

The stereo mix was completed in ten attempts on Thursday April 20 1967 from the control room of EMI studio three. The tenth attempt was released commercially.

There are differences in the mono and stereo mixes for this tune. A few extra drum beats at the beginning of the song are available on the mono mix. The stereo mix has less beats. The audience noises tend to differ slightly (either that..or the levels are different) between the mono and stereo mix. Lastly, Paul can be heard shouting over the final chords of the song louder on the mono mix than the stereo mix.

"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)" can be found 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. This tune is also available on the UK and North American picture discs of the LP of the same name released in the late 1970s.

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