Saturday, September 20, 2014

"That Means A Lot" Session - First Attempt

The Beatles gathered back to Studio two at EMI studios on February 20 1965 ostensibly to finish this portion of recording as they would be starting to act in the second film as yet untitled but eventually becomding "Help!". This day was spent working on a new original Lennon/McCartney composition - written mainly by Paul- entitled "That Means A Lot".
The band rehearsed a few takes and then a proper take (take 1) was completed and some piano/ maracas were later overdubbed as well as some double tracked vocals. A second attempt at this number would also be recorded a month later but we'll deal with that in a later post.
This first attempt yielded a place on the commercially released Apple 2-CD/3-LP "Anthology 2" project but the mix that was used is full of reverb and a little muddy for my liking. This same mix also appears on various bootlegs including the "Sessions" CD and the "Unsurpassed Masters, Vol. 2" CD as well. The best mix for this tune can be found on the "File Under" vinyl bootleg which uses an earlier mix done in the mid 1970s whereas the former mix was done in the 1980s especially for the aborted "Sessions" LP/CD.
The song was "given away" to PJ Proby to cover and his version is horrible. Here's a nice clean stereo mix from take 1:

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