Sunday, June 6, 2010

I Love You, Honey Pie

The next song on the Apple 2-lp/2-CD "The Beatles" (white album) is a short track. In fact, this is the shortest track on the White Album as it only lasts 53 seconds. The song is an original Lennon/McCartney composition written mainly by Paul entitled "Wild Honey Pie". This song was basically an improvisation and probably was used as a sing-along in India earlier in the year 1968. Some books claim that it was Pattie Harrison's favourite.

The recording session for this song took place on August 20 1968 at EMI Studio two. The basic track consisted of Paul McCartney playing acoustic guitar and singing a lead vocal. This was done in one take. Afterwards, Paul McCartney overdubbed the acoustic guitar and the vocals two more times tripling the instruments and vocals. On the last track, a bass drum was overdubbed by Paul. Obviously, this is a Paul McCartney solo track in the sense that he is the only Beatle playing and singing on the track. Once this recording was completed, six mono mixes were attempted with the last mix being released commercially.

On Friday August 23 1968 from EMI studio two, four tape copies of the mono mix for "Wild Honey Pie" was given to each individual Beatle ( along with other compositions completed at this point for the LP). The tape copy with the count-in from Ringo's copy (and provided to Peter Seller's for his enjoyment) can be found on the Yellow Dog CD "Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 4".

The stereo mix for "Wild Honey Pie" was completed in two attempts from EMI studio two on October 13 1968.

There is quite an aural difference between the mono and stereo mixes - the two versions have one of the vocal faders up higher depending on which version you are listening to.

"Wild Honey Pie" can be found on the Apple 2-LP/2-CD "The Beatles" (White Album).