Sunday, October 23, 2016

"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" Outtake

On July 05 1968, The Beatles were recording at EMI Studio 2 in London preparing a new song for the upcoming LP. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" started to days previous with the basic track of Paul on acoustic and vocal and Ringo on drums. First it was decided to use take seven, but this was changed to using take four instead. Paul added a second acoustic guitar (slightly distorted) onto take four.
The next day, harmonies and backing vocals were added to the song by John, Paul and George. Lastly (on July 5th, saxophones and conga drums were added to the song.Eventually, more percussion was added to the chorus as well as bass guitar. A rough mix of the song was done and put on an acetate for Paul to take away. He didn't like this take and decided they would abort it and it didn't end up on the LP.
This take (now called take five) has appeared over the years on various bootlegs as it was once considered for the "Sessions" project. The CD "Unsurpassed Masters, Vol. 07" has the raw mix while some versions of this take have it segued with "Christmas Time Is Here Again" in the fade out.
The take five version of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" was officially released on the Apple 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 3" (with new edits at the beginning and end).

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