Saturday, June 19, 2010

I'll Have Another Cigarette

The second song of side two on the double Apple LP "The Beatles" (White Album) is an original Lennon/McCartney number written mainly by John entitled "I'm So Tired".

The recording session for this song took place on Tuesday October 08 1968. The song was begun and completed in one session. The session took place at EMI studio two on the eight track machine. The basic track consisted of John's vocal and guitar, George on guitar, Paul on Bass and Ringo on the drums - the classic line up. Fourteen takes were performed before it was decided that the commercial version would be the latter take. Various outtakes of the song can be heard on the Apple 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 3". In fact, it's an edit of takes 3,6 and 9.

Once the basic track was completed, overdubs included more vocals from John and Paul, keyboards (organ and an electric piano), extra snare drum and extra guitar.

"I'm So Tired" was mixed for commercial release on Tuesday October 15 1968 again from EMI studio two. There were five attempts for the stereo mix and three attempts for the mono mix. John and Paul's background vocals are mixed differently for the mono and stereo mix. Paul's vocal is especially evident in the mono mix.

"I'm So Tired" is available on the Apple 2-LP/2-CD "The Beatles" (White Album).

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