Saturday, May 8, 2010

You Say High, I Say Low

The first song on side two of the Capitol LP/CD "Magical Mystery Tour" is an original Lennon/McCartney composition written mainly by Paul entitled "Hello Goodbye". This tune was also released as a single and was the last single released by the Beatles for the year 1967. The B side of the single was "I Am The Walrus".

The working title for the song was "Hello Hello". The basic track for the song was recorded on Monday October 02 1967 at EMI studio two (too late to appear in the television special "Magical Mystery Tour" although the coda can be heard at the end of the film). Fourteen takes were completed, with the fourteenth kept as the keeper. The instrument for song include piano, organ, drums and tambourine. Maracas were also added. Once this was complete, two reduction mixes of the four track were completed putting all of the basic track instruments onto one track. This took the song into take 16.

Two and a half weeks later on October 19 1967 at EMI studio one; the vocals and back up vocals were overdubbed onto the basic track including the ending vocals. Also overdubbed were two lead guitar parts. Once this was complete, another tape reduction of the four track was conducted taking the song into take 17. This version appears on the Apple/EMI/Capitol 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 2"

The next evening on October 20 1967 in EMI studio three the overdubbing of two violas was added to "Hello Goodbye". Paul added his bass guitar after four tape reductions taking the song to take 22 five days later on October 25 1967 at EMI studio two.

Finally, on Thursday November 02 1967 in EMI studio three, a second bass guitar was added by Paul to "Hello Goodbye" and the song was complete. Six mono mixes were attempted with the last attempt being used on the commercial version.

Stereo mixing for "Hello Goodbye" took place four days later on November 06 1967 and only two attempts were completed with the second stereo attempt being used on the commercial version.

"Hello Goodbye" was originally released as a single in the UK (Parlophone 5655) and in North America (Capitol 2056). The B side for both versions is "I Am The Walrus". The song also appears on the "Magical Mystery Tour" 2-EP set in the UK and on the Capitol LP/CD in North America. "Hello Goodbye" also appears on the Apple 2-LP/2-CD "The Beatles 1967-1970" as well as the UK and North American versions on the Parlophone/Capitol LP "The Beatles 20 Greatest Hits" and the Apple/EMI 2-LP/CD "1".

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