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Thursday, February 18, 1965

"Help!" Session #4

For The Beatles

Last updated on May 26, 2016


Location

  • Recording studio: EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Timeline

Master release

Album

Some of the songs worked on during this session were first released on the "Help! (Mono)" LP.

Some of the songs from this session also appear on:

From Anthology 2 liner notes:

The fourth day of the Help! sessions was a typically productive one, the Beatles recording three new songs and mixing a number of other titles. The first of the three was John’s all-acoustic You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, taken from conception to completion in less than two hour during the afternoon. The master (Take 9) was distinguished by a flute overdub – the first time Beatles had brought in an outside musician to augment their sound – but the version presented [in Anthology 2]┬áis Take 5, the only other complete recording. This is prefaced by some studio banter: John’s “1,2,3, 1,2,3, hold on, hold on” count-in that is all there was of Take 1, and some “shattering” talk that preceded Take 2.

Two songs were recording during the evening, Tell Me What You See, written and sung by Paul, and If You’ve Got Trouble, written by John and Paul as Ringo’s sing lead on Beatles discs, with Boys appearing on the album Please Please Me, I Wanna Be Your Man on With The Beatles, Honey Don’t on Beatles For Sale and Matchbox on the four-song EP Long Tall Sally. The Beatles captured the basic track of If You’ve Got Trouble in a single take and then lead and backing vocals were overdubbed, but the overall sound did not gel and it was soon decided to pass over the recording, and, indeed, the song itself. Ringo made his vocal contribution to Help! by aping a cover version of Buck Owens’ country number Act Naturally on 17 June 1965, and If You’ve Got Trouble has remained locked inside EMI’s archive until now.


Session activities

  1. Ticket To Ride

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 2

  2. Another Girl

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Mixing • Mono mixing from take 1

    AlbumOfficially released on Help! (Mono)

  3. I Need You

    Written by George Harrison

    Mixing • Mono mixing from take 5

    AlbumOfficially released on Help! (Mono)

  4. Yes It Is

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Mixing • Mono mixing from take 14

  5. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 1

    AlbumOfficially released on Anthology 2

  6. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 2

    AlbumOfficially released on Anthology 2

  7. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 3

  8. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 4

  9. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 5

    AlbumOfficially released on Anthology 2

  10. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 6

  11. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 7

  12. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 8

  13. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 9

  14. The Night Before

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Mixing • Mono mixing from take 2

  15. You Like Me Too Much

    Written by George Harrison

    Mixing • Mono mixing from take 8

    AlbumOfficially released on Help! (Mono)

  16. If You've Got Trouble

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 1

    AlbumOfficially released on Anthology 2

  17. Tell Me What You See

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 1

  18. Tell Me What You See

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 2

  19. Tell Me What You See

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 3

  20. Tell Me What You See

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 4


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Going further

The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

The definitive guide for every Beatles recording sessions from 1962 to 1970.

We owe a lot to Mark Lewisohn for the creation of those session pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details - the number of takes for each song, who contributed what, a description of the context and how each session went, various photographies... And an introductory interview with Paul McCartney!

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The Beatles Recording Reference Manual - Volume 2 - Help! through Revolver (1965-1966)

The second book of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)-nominated series, "The Beatles Recording Reference Manual: Volume 2: Help! through Revolver (1965-1966)" follows the evolution of the band from the end of Beatlemania with "Help!" through the introspection of "Rubber Soul" up to the sonic revolution of "Revolver". From the first take to the final remix, discover the making of the greatest recordings of all time.

Through extensive, fully-documented research, these books fill an important gap left by all other Beatles books published to date and provide a unique view into the recordings of the world's most successful pop music act.

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