Lady Madonna / The Inner Light (UK - 1968)

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

Timeline More from year 1968
UK release date:
Mar 15, 1968
Publisher:
Parlophone
Reference:
R 5675

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Mixing "Lady Madonna"

Feb 15, 1968

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Track list

Side 1


1.

Lady Madonna

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:19 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Handclaps, Mellotron, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Handclaps, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Handclaps, Lead guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Handclaps, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer
Bill Povey :
Tenor saxophone
Harry Klein :
Baritone saxophone
Ronnie Scott :
Tenor saxophone
Bill Jackman :
Baritone saxophone

Session Recording:
Feb 03, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Feb 06, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 15, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Side 2


1.

The Inner Light

Written by George Harrison

2:35 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals
John Lennon :
Backing vocals
George Harrison :
Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Hanuman Jadev :
Shehnai
Hariprasad Chaurasia :
Bansuri
Mahapurush Misra :
Pakavaj
Rijram Desad :
Harmonium
Ashish Khan :
Sarod
JP Sen :
Recording engineer
SN Gupta :
Recording engineer
Unknown musician(s) :
Tabla tarang

Session Recording:
Jan 12, 1968
Studio :
EMI Recording Studio, Bombay, India

Session Overdubs:
Feb 06, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 06, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

About

It is not outright rock, but it’s that kind of thing – we think the time is right.

Paul McCartney – from New Musical Express, February 17, 1968

From Wikipedia:

In Britain, Parlophone issued “Lady Madonna” backed by “The Inner Light” on 15 March 1968, with the catalogue number R 5675. The single was released three days later in the United States, as Capitol 2138. One of the promo clips was aired by the BBC on the 14 March edition of Top of the Pops and then on Alan Freeman’s All Systems Freeman the following day, and in the US on ABC-TV’s The Hollywood Palace on 30 March. In Everett’s description, the single was “at the forefront of a spring–summer 1968 rock-and-roll revival in the United Kingdom”, which included UK-exclusive reissues of singles by Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and Little Richard.

Initial UK pressings came with a two-sided flyer promoting the “Official Beatles Fan Club” on one side and the monthly magazine “The Beatles Book” on the other. New members joining the fan club received a giant colour poster of the group taken during the singles recording session.


Ad – from Melody Maker, March 16, 1968

The Beatles’ next single will probably be “Lady Madonna”, a Lennon-McCartney song which was recorded in London this week (writes Laurie Henshaw). Two former [Melody Maker] Jazz Poll winners, tenorist Ronnie Scott and baritone saxist Harry Klein, were on the session which used a four-piece sax section.

Four titles were recorded. The B side of the next single, which is expected to be issued on March 12, will possibly be a George Harrison composition.

Said Ronnie: “Lady Madonna is rock ‘n’ roll thing on which I take a solo“.

The Beatles were due to fly to India this week to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

From Melody Maker – February 17, 1968
From Melody Maker – February 17, 1968

The Beatles’ follow-up to “Hello Goodbye” is being issued by Parlophone on March 15. Titled “Lady Madonna”, it is described as being “as close to rock ‘n’ roll as The Beatles could get in 1968”. Paul McCartney, who is the featured soloist on the disc, told the NME: “It is not outright rock, but it’s that kind of thing – we think the time is right.”

The B side “The Inner Light” is composed and sung by George Harrison – the first time he has soloed on a Beatles single. Paul described it as an unusual composition, and one of the most commercial George has ever written. It has a backing of Indian instrumentation which was recorded recently in Bombay – the vocal was added at EMI’s London studio last week. […]

From New Musical Express, February 17, 1968
From New Musical Express, February 17, 1968

The Beatles’ new single “Lady Madonna”, a Lennon-McCartney composition, will be released on March 15. The B side will be “The Inner Light” written and sung by George Harrison.

George’s song has Indian instrumental accompaniment recorded under his supervision in Bombay last month when he was recording music for the film “Wonderwall”. John and Paul contribute vocal harmony but are not instrumentally involved in this track.

Both recordings were made within the last three weeks but the group have not recorded any tracks for a new album. The group have recorded two film clips for promotional TV spots.

From Melody Maker – February 24, 1968
From Melody Maker – February 24, 1968

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