Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Because You're Sweet And Lovely Girl

The second last song on the Apple LP/CD "Let It Be" is an original George Harrison composition entitled "For You Blue". It's exactly that. A fast blues number with George playing acoustic, John playing the slide, Paul on piano and Ringo on drums.

The song starts off with a bit of dialogue taken from the January 08 1969 rehearsal session at Twickenham Studios with John mentioning: "Queen says 'No' to pot smoking FBI member".

The basic track for the song was recorded on January 25 1969 at Apple Studios. Take one of the song can be heard on the Apple/EMI 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 3". Once again, there is confusion in the sources available to me as of which take was used as the backing track for the commercial version. Winn states it is take seven while Lewisohn states that it is take six. Regardless, the basic track with a George guide vocal was used for the unreleased "Get Back" LP. The film performance of "For You Blue" - originally entitled "George's Blues (Because You're Sweet And Lovely)" is an edit of six and nine.

"For You Blue" was mixed for stereo on Monday March 10 1969 for the "Get Back" LP using the guide vocal from January 25 of the same year. This was completed at Olympic Sound Studios in London by Glyn Johns.

Upon listening to the "Get Back" LP line up at the time, George Harrison went into Olympic Sound Studios on January 08 1970 in order to overdub his vocal. This was completed and the song was then mixed in stereo by Glyn Johns. This mix was never used.

On Saturday February 08 1970, Apple engineer Malcolm Davies also attempted to remix the song with eight attempts in stereo, although once again these mixes were not used. The attempts were completed in Room 4 of EMI studios.

Finally, the song was mixed in stereo by Phil Spector in Room 4 of EMI studios with seven attempts. The final mix included the intro from mix five and the rest of the song from mix one.

"For You Blue" is available on the Apple LP/CD "Let It Be" as well as the Capitol/Parlophone LP/CD "The Best Of George Harrison". The song was the B-side to the North American single "The Long And Winding Road/For You Blue" on Apple 2832.

"For You Blue" was performed live by George Harrison on his November-December 1974 "Dark Horse" tour. The song was also included in the Genesis Publication as "Songs by George Harrison" CD released in 1987.

"For You Blue" was also performed live at the Concert for George which took place at the Royal Albert Hall on November 29 2002. The performance has vocals by Paul McCartney. This version can be heard on the Warner 2 CD "Concert For George".

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