Friday, June 27, 2014

"She's A Woman" Outtakes

The Beatles entered EMI studio 2 on October 08 1964 in order to record their new Lennon/McCartney original entitled "She's A Woman". There were six (or seven) takes recorded in the afternoon. Some of the outtakes have made their way onto bootleg:
The first take for this song can be found on the soundtrack to the "Beatles At Abbey Road" presentation source and can also be found on the bootleg CD "Abbey Road Video Show". Most of the other takes can be heard on the "Ultra Rare Trax" series on LP and on CD. For instance, you can find take two on the "Ultra Rare Trax , Volume one" series or "Unsurpassed Masters Volume six". Takes three and four (including a false start) can be found on "The Ultimate Collection, Volume Three: Studio Sessions 1964" and take 5/7 which includes a long jam can be found on "Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 3 and 4" as well as the bootleg CD "Unsurpassed Masters, Volume 2``.
This tune was mixed once the master was chosen (take six, actually) and an addition vocal from Paul was added, some guitar from George and a chocalho shaker was added by Ringo along with piano by George Martin to complete the song. All of this done in one day. Mixed for mono and stereo on October 12 1964
On October 21 1964, the song was once again mixed with addition echo and reverb for the North American version and sounds awful. If you have the EMI EP blue box set, check the bonus disc and you can hear the count-in of the song by Paul.
This song ended up as the B-side for Ì feel fine (single) and also ended up on the `Beatles `65`LP. I`ve added all of the takes below as well:

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