Something / Come Together

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

UK release date:
Oct 31, 1969
US release date:
Oct 06, 1969
Publisher:
Apple Records
Reference:
R 5814 (UK) / 2654 (US)

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Track list

Side 1


1.

Something

Written by George Harrison

3:03 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Piano
George Harrison :
Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer, String arrangement
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Phil McDonald :
Recording engineer
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Jeff Jarratt :
Recording engineer
Glyn Johns :
Recording engineer
Billy Preston :
Hammond organ
Unknown musician(s) :
Four cellos, Four violas, One double-bass, Twelve violins

Session Recording:
May 02, 1969
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
May 05, 1969
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
11,16 Jul, 15 Aug 1969
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Aug 19, 1969
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Side 2


1.

Come Together

Written by Lennon - McCartney

4:20 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Electric piano, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Maracas
John Lennon :
Handclaps, Harmony vocals, Rhythm guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
George Harrison :
Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Phil McDonald :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 21, 1969
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
22, 23, 25, 29, 30 Jul 1969
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Aug 07, 1969
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

About

Something / Come Together” was the first UK single The Beatles had ever released containing songs that were already available on an album. This was also the first Beatles single with a George Harrison song on the A-side.

I suggested, rather strongly, that this single be released from the Abbey Road album. I think you’ll find that it was the first time that a single was released from a Beatles album. It was done because, maybe not to the knowledge of the outside world, it was pretty much decided that the four of them would try to do something individually, within a structure. In other words, within their own arrangement, they would have a chance to maybe magnify their own individual talent and let it be seen, and I felt that it was important for George, at this juncture, to show himself. I thought ‘Something’ was the best song on the album, and John’s ‘Come Together’ was also, and that’s why it went out on the other side.

Allen Klein – From “The Beatles: Off the Record” by Keith Badman

EMI are putting out “Something”, one of the best tracks from the boys’ new LP as a single in this country.

It has already been released as a single in the United States but this was not unusual as several tracks off LP’s have been released as singles in North America over the past six years. But this will be the first time ever that a new Beatles’ single release in this country has come from one of their LPs.

From The Beatles Book N°76, November 1969
From The Beatles Book N°76, November 1969
From Melody Maker, November 1, 1969
From New Musical Express, September 27, 1969
From Melody Maker, October 18, 1969
From Melody Maker, November 8, 1969

Last updated on November 14, 2021

Going further


Solid State: The Story of "Abbey Road" and the End of the Beatles

Acclaimed Beatles historian Kenneth Womack offers the most definitive account yet of the writing, recording, mixing, and reception of Abbey Road. In February 1969, the Beatles began working on what became their final album together. Abbey Road introduced a number of new techniques and technologies to the Beatles' sound, and included "Come Together," "Something," and "Here Comes the Sun," which all emerged as classics.

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