Saturday, August 22, 2015

"Strawberry Fields Forever" Takes 5,6 and 7

On November 29 1966, The Beatles once again entered Studio two in order to once again attempt a better recording performance for the new Lennon song: "Strawberry Fields Forever".
Take 5 starts with Paul's introduction at the mellotron but this doesn't last very long as he doesn't end up playing it very well and the false start is aborted.
Take 6 is great with the introduction we all know and love, great drums from Ringo, guitar from George and vocals from John. The entire song is played through with an extend ending similar to a King Crimson sounding coda, especially the flute sounds and guitar. You can also hear remnants of previous attempts/performances of the basic track.
Finally, take 7 is a tape reduction of take 6 with some added bass guitar by Paul and effects (ADT) added to John Lennon's vocal.  The Beatles were supposedly given acetates of the results to take home and ponder the performance.
These studio takes can be heard on various vinyl and CD bootlegs: the vinyl bootleg "Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 5 and 6" and the CD equivalent "Unsurpassed Masters, Volume 3" also has these takes.
I've also included a youtube posting:

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