Saturday, January 24, 2015

"Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" Outtake (Once Again)

The Beatles were dissatisfied with the current state of "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" as it stood and they decided to work on it again. They entered EMI Studios number 2 on October 21 1965 as part of the "Rubber Soul" sessions to record another take. This time Take 2 was produced with The Beatles playing the bridge ahead of the verse with the sitar prominent in the beginning of the tune. Eventually, this arrangement would be discarded in favour of going right onto the verse.
Take 3 is not available and take 4 is the backing on which most of the overdubs were added and released commercially on the LP. Take 4 also has the song being played with capo on John's acoustic and is in the key of E (a little higher than previous attempts).
Take 2 is available on the vinyl bootleg "Arrive Without Travelling" and on the bootleg CD "Turn Me On, Dead Man" while take 4 is available with a short comment by John "I'll Show Ya" on various bootlegs such as the LP "Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 2" as well as the CD "Turn Me On, Dead Man".
I've added a link below for the audio of Take 2.

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