The Paul McCartney Project

Hey Jude / Revolution

By The Beatles7" Single• Part of the collection “The Beatles • Singles

Timeline See what happened in August 1968
UK release date:
Aug 26, 1968
Publisher:
Apple
Reference:
R5722
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Hey Jude

Written by Lennon - McCartney

7:19 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Backing vocals, Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer
Barry Sheffield:
Engineer

Session Recording & overdubs:
Jul 31, 1968
Studio:
Trident Studios, London, UK

Session Overdubs:
Aug 01, 1968
Studio:
Trident Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Aug 08, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


2.

Revolution

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:23 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar, Hammond organ, Handclaps
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Handclaps
John Lennon:
Electric guitar, Handclaps, Vocals
George Harrison:
Electric guitar, Handclaps
Nicky Hopkins:
Electric piano

Session Recording:
Jul 10, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jul 11, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jul 12, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jul 15, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

About

From Wikipedia:

[…] “Hey Jude” was recorded at the end of July 1968 during the sessions for The Beatles, but was issued separately as a single nearly three months before the album’s release. (It would, however, make its LP debut in the US two years later as the title cut of the compilation album Hey Jude) The B-side, “Revolution“, was a different version of the album’s “Revolution 1“. Lennon had wanted the original version of “Revolution” to be released as a single, but the other three Beatles objected on the grounds that it was too slow. Instead, the single featured a new, faster version, with heavily distorted guitar and an electric piano solo from Nicky Hopkins. This was the first release on Apple Records and went on to be the band’s most successful single, with world sales of over 5 million by the end of 1968 and 7.5 million by October 1972. […]

From the US press release:

“It is the Beatles again, doing it again, doing our minds in again with the magical mystic Beatle mastery of their medium. They are the message, are the medium. They have written and produced two sides for this new single which you know, you know beyond the thinnest wisp of a shadow of a doubt, will engage the most profound admiration from the public, from the industry, from those in other groups, who strive to match the Beatles achievements. ‘Hey Jude’ is lead sung by Paul McCartney and it is a long lovely loving love-song offering hope (‘Hey Jude, don’t be afraid… take a sad song and make it better…’) and beauty in the words and extraordinary melodic subtleties in the music. ‘Hey Jude’ is the longest song ever recorded by the Beatles (seven minutes and five seconds), and I would say it was the best if it weren’t for all those others that have gone before. I would say it was the best if, also, it were not that ‘Revolution’ — main voice John — were not so breathtaking vital and insistent. This is the new Beatle peace — with strength message, with the voices forced out of the grooves by a backing as new for Capitol now as Strawberry Fields was for then. A theme for today, ‘Revolution,’ written by revolutionary visionaries. The Beatles are without peer. Their music is magnificent. It can be said again and again as they sing and sing it again.”

Last updated on May 16, 2017


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