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Free As A Bird

By The BeatlesEP• Part of the collection “The Beatles • Post break-up albums

Timeline See what happened in 1995
UK release date:
Dec 04, 1995
US release date:
Dec 12, 1995
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Free As A Bird

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

4:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Producer, Vocals
John Lennon:
Piano, Producer, Vocals
Jeff Lynne:
Guitar, Harmony vocals, Producer
George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar, Electric slide guitar, Producer, Ukulele, Vocals

Recording:
Circa 1977
Studio:
New York

Session Recording:
February / March 1994
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


2.

I Saw Her Standing There

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:52 • Alternate takeC • Take 9. The 1963 master of "I Saw Her Standing There" was Take 1, with Paul's energetic "1-2-3-4" count-in from Take 9 tacked on the front. Issued here for the first time is the full Take 9.

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Remix engineer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


3.

This Boy

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:18 • Studio versionC • Takes 12 and 13. An eavesdrop into the recording session for This Boy featuring the incomplete takes 12 and 13.

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Remix engineer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 17, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


4.

Christmas Time (Is Here Again)

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

3:03 • Studio versionA • From 1963 to 1969 the Beatles gave members of their official fan club a special gift at Christmas: a record unavailable elsewhere. The 1967 disc was titled Christmas Time (Is Here Again) and extracts from a song of that name were scattered among the sketches. Issued here for the first time is an uninterrupted recording of the number. Superimposed near the end are some spoken-word seasonal greetings, taped in 1966, followed by a John Lennon pastiche.

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tap dancing, Vocals
John Lennon:
Bass drum, Vocals
George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer, Vocals
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer, Remix engineer
Mal Evans:
Spoken word
Victor Spinetti:
Tap dancing, Vocals

Session Recording:
Nov 28, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

About

From Wikipedia:

Free as a Bird” was premiered on BBC Radio 1 in the early hours of 20 November 1995. It was released as a single in the UK on 4 December 1995, two weeks after its appearance on the Anthology 1 album. The single sold 120,000 copies in its first week, entering the UK Singles Chart at No. 2. It remained on the chart for eight weeks. In the US, the song reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming The Beatles’ 34th Top 10 single in America. It was the group’s first Top 10 song in the U.S. in nineteen and a half years, the longest span for the group between Top 10 hits since first charting in America in 1964.

Last updated on July 11, 2017


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