Friday, July 9, 2010

Glimmering In The Sun

The last song on side two of the double LP/ or the end of the first CD of the double LP "The Beatles" (White Album) is an original Lennon/McCartney composition written mainly by John entitled "Julia". This song was an ode to John's late mother with a mention in the lyric of his future wife, Yoko.

"Julia" was the last song to be recorded from it's basic track for the Beatles' white album project although overdubs for "Savoy Truffle" were completed the day after "Julia". This is also the only Beatles commercially released song in the catalogue to feature John Lennon and only John Lennon playing and singing without the other three Beatles being featured.

"Julia" was started and finished at the same session; Sunday October 13 1968 at EMI studio two. The four track was used for this performance and it started with John playing acoustic and adding a guide vocal. Three takes were required. The second take can be heard on the Apple 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 3". The third and last take required the following overdubs: another acoustic guitar by John and his lead vocals. Once this was completed, "Julia" was mixed first for stereo in one attempt from take three, and then the mono mix was completed in one attempt also from the same take. There are major difference in both mixes.

"Julia" is available on the Apple 2-LP/2-CD "The Beatles" (white album) and is also available as the B-side to "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La -Da" on the single released only in North America on November 08 1976 (Capitol 4347).