Monday, July 19, 2010

The Higher You Fly

The next song on side three/disc two (depending on format) of the Apple 2-LP/2-CD "The Beatles" (White Album) is an original Lennon/McCartney composition written mainly by John entitled "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me And My Monkey".

The song was started on June 26 1968 at EMI studio two with the Beatles rehearsing the song and there not being any takes used at this session.

The next night however (June 27 1968 at the same location) consisted of six takes of the basic track with drums, two guitars and overdubs of percussion including a hand bell and chocalho. Two reduction mixes of the four track were performed bringing the song to take eight. The song at this point was also sped up a key by the use of vary-speed from D to E.

On July 01 1968 at EMI studio two, two more reductions (bringing the song to take 10) and overdubs of Paul's bass guitar and John Lennon's vocal.

Finally, on July 23 1968 at EMI studio two, The Beatles returned to "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey" with two more reductions bringing the song to take 12. The session consisted mainly of vocal work. John Lennon re-did his vocal and doubled it in places as well as the backing vocals and handclaps. At some point (although I'm not sure where) , the bass guitar was also doubled at the end of the song by Paul. Now that the song was completed, five attempts at a mono mix were conducted although none of the mono mixes were used commercially. The fifth attempt which contains the count-in and having the second John Lennon vocal mixed a little louder is available on the Swinging Pig CD "Unsurpassed Masters Volume 4".

On Saturday October 12 1968 from the control room of Studio two, a stereo mix for "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey" was completed, as well as a new attempt and completion of a mono mix. Both of these mixes would appear on the commercial product. There are no major difference between the two mixes.

"Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey" are available on the Apple 2-LP/2-CD "The Beatles" (White Album).

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