Saturday, December 17, 2016

"Mother Nature's Son" Alternate Take

In the evening of August 09 1968, Paul McCartney recorded his composition "Mother Nature's Son" at EMI Studio 2 for inclusion on the upcoming LP - later to be entitled "The Beatles" (White Album). There were 25 official takes in total, of which take 24 would become the commercial version we all know and love. Additional overdubs of brass, a second vocal and doubling of guitar, tapping of a book with added bass drum and tympani were all added to take 24 on August 20 1968. The song was mixed for mono with eight attempts the same evening. The mono mix included on the Peter Seller's tape is announced as Remix 08 and is slightly different than the commercial release as it's percussion is mixed low as well as the low mix of the second guitar. This version can be found on the "Peter Sellers" CD Bootleg.
There is also take 2 available commercially on the Apple 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 3" project. This take consists of a D chord strumming intro and the song is extended with an instrumental repeat rather than going straight into the coda. Paul mentions "Londenderry Air" and continues to strum as the recording fades on the Anthology.

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