Monday, August 2, 2010

Sail Across The Atlantic

The next song on the Apple 2-LP/2-CD release is an original Lennon/McCartney composition written mainly Paul entitled "Honey Pie". This is a bit of a 20s style jazzy tune with a lot of clarinet and corny vaudeville music-hall type of stuff that you would hear in the theatres during the war in the earler part of the 20th century. An early demo from the "Esher" session of May 1968 can be heard on the Apple 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 3".

"Honey Pie" was recorded at Trident Studios in St. Anne's Court, London on Tuesday October 01 1968. There was a lot of rehearsal before the basic track was recorded and named take 01. The instruments used on the basic consisted of Paul on the piano, George on bass and John on electric guitar. Ringo on drums, of course. Once the basic track was completed, a rough mix of the song was put made for George Martin in order to have the arrangement completed for the brass.

The next day on Wednesday October 02 1968, Paul McCartney added his lead vocal and another guitar overdubbed by John Lennon onto the basic track. Once again this took place at Trident Studios.

Two days later on Friday October 04 1968 again at Trident Studios in London; work continued on "Honey Pie" via the addition of seven session musicians adding saxophones and clarinets to the track. As a final overdub, Paul McCartney added the spoken line: "Now she's hit the big time" recorded through a filter to make it sound like it came out of a 78 rpm record playing on a grammaphone. The recording was completed at this session

The next day on Saturday October 05 1968 from the control room at Trident Studios "Honey Pie" was mixed for mono and for stereo both completed in one remix take.

Two days later, the mon and stereo mixes were tape copied at EMI studio two from the control room and the commercial versions were now completed. The mono version of the song has the Lennon guitar solo lasting a few seconds longer than the stereo version of the song.

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

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