Thursday, June 24, 2010

Living Piggy Lives

The next song on the Apple double LP/CD "The Beatles" (White Album) is an original George Harrison song entitled "Piggies". This was a social commentary by George which was misinterpreted by that piece of shit murderer Charles Manson. It was George's mother who suggested the line "What They Need Is a Damn Good Wacking!".

"Piggies" was started on Thursday September 19 1968 in studio two, but a harpsichord was being left in studio one and was discovered by engineer Chris Thomas. This instrument was mentioned to George , who decided to add it to the song and suggested that Mr. Thomas play the instrument. Therefore, eleven takes of the basic track were completed with Chris Thomas on the harpsichord, George Harrison on the lead vocal and acoustic guitar, Paul on the bass guitar and Ringo on drums. It was recorded on a four track machine in studio one due to the fact that the eight track machine was located in studio two.

The next day on Friday September 20 1968 from EMI studio two, the previous day's session basic track was copied from four track to eight track. Once this was complete, George Harrison re-did his lead vocals including some filtering during the middle eight section. John and Paul joined in on the vocals for the last verse. Also added at this session were the "pig" noises - grunting from an obscure 78 rpm vinyl discovered at Abbey Road as well as the Beatles' voices grunting like pigs.

Finally, on Thursday October 10 1968, the string coda for the song was added by eight musicans: four playing the violins, two playing cello and two playing violas.

The next day on Friday October 11 1968, the song was mixed for mono in four attempts and then the song was mixed for stereo in three attempts. The placment of the sound effects (mainly the pig grunting sounds) were slightly different on the mono and stereo final mixes.

"Piggies" is available on the Apple 2-LP/2-CD "The Beatles" (White Album).

A live version of the song with George Harrison and the Eric Clapton band from 1992 can be found on the Dark Horse 2-LP/2-CD "Live In Japan".

1 comment:

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