Thursday, June 10, 2010

He Went Out Tiger Hunting

The next song on "The Beatles" (White Album) double LP is an original Lennon/McCartney tune mainly written by John entitled "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill". On the original Apple labels Side one of the US LP; the title is simply "Bungalow Bill". Early copies have this label error but it was fixed quickly enough. This song was inspired when the Beatles were in India stuying Trancendental Meditation with the Maharashi Mahesh Yogi. One of the students present with The Beatles in India was supposedly a Tiger hunter. Yoko Ono sings a line of lead vocal on this song.

The recording of the song began on Tuesday October 08 1968 at EMI studio two. The instruments consisted of bass, drums and acoustic guitars. Three takes were completed with the third take being used as the master. Overdubbed onto this take were the lead vocals and the chorus vocals with all four Beatles, Yoko and Maureen Starkey singing along. In fact, anybody who was in the vicinity of the studio sang on the chorus. Also overdubbed was a mellotron with the sound of a mandolin during the verses and the sound of a trumpet for the chorus. A tambourine and clapping were added during the sing along. Finally, a Lennon line "All The Children Sing" was overdubbed as a second vocal.

There is a bit of spanish flamenco guitar at the beginning of the song that was actually a tape loop located inside the mellotron (which was played by Chris Thomas as well as all of the mellotron parts). This edit was probably added during the mixing stage of the song.

"The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill" was mixed for stereo the next day on Wednesday October 09 1968 (John Lennon's birthday) with two attempts, the second being used on the commercial version. After that; the mono mix was completed in one attempt and used on the commercial version.

"The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill" can be found on the Apple 2-LP/2-CD "The Beatles" (aka The White Album).

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