The Paul McCartney Project

Recording "Come And Get It"

Aug 02, 1969 • For Badfinger

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Magic Christian Music Official album.
Timeline See what happened in 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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Songs recorded


1.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 1 (2:28) - Paul McCartney counts in the first take as he guides The Iveys through the first attempt. McCartney sings a lead scratch vocal while Tom Evans can also be heard on the first "Sonny" part. Even on this early take, Mike plays some impressive drum fills.

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2.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 2 (0:10) - McCartney counts in again. After a false start, McCartney clears his throat, while Pete Ham chuckles and responds, "play it again."

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3.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 3 (1:00) - McCartney incorrectly announces, "If You Want It, Here It Is, Come And Get It, take 5", and counts in. The take breaks down at the start of the second verse.

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4.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 4 (1:05) - Before the take, McCartney coaches The Iveys on the proper rhythm and tempo of the "fool and his money" break in the song, then he counts in again. This time, Paul sings only in a few spots, but off mic. The song breaks down at the start of the second verse.

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5.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 5 (2:12) - Before the take, McCartney says something inaudible like, "Don't pick it up... the mirrors." This take sounds like it's counted in by Pete Ham. Someone, possibly Tom Evans, is singing the guide vocal this time instead of Paul McCartney. The take breaks down at the point of the second "Sonny".

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6.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 6 (2:45) - Before this take McCartney gives the following instructions, "Just everyone a bit easier. It slows down a bit in those (sings) did I hear you say that there... Don't let it slow down...(inaudible)." Pete Ham counts it in. It sounds like Tommy Evans singing in a lower register. Before the tape cuts off, McCartney responds at the end to what sounds like Pete Ham, "It was pretty good, though. Yeah. It was a little bit on the (sings) Son-."

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7.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 7 (0:44) - This take breaks down when Pete Ham hits a wrong piano note at the end of the first verse.

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8.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 8 (0:54) - This take breaks down at the beginning of verse 2. McCartney then comments, "Look over here if you're not sure. I'll be sort of going..."

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9.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 9 (0:51) - Before the take, after what sounds like Pete Ham talking about the piano, McCartney says to Pete Ham, "Huh? No. Well, I'll be in with them, 'cause he's watching Bill, so I'm sort of thinking, one two, three. Okay? Nice and steady, then." The actual take breaks down during the first verse, as Paul, Ron and Tom start fooling around with their musical parts.

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10.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 10 (2:59) - Before the take, Griffiths plays around on his bass guitar as McCartney says, "Yeah. Try it with cans off if it's easier, or one on and one off. Just shove it behind your ear." This is a complete take, and the first time where all the playing is fairly tight, as Mike's drum fills start to take shape. During the first "Sonny" break, Tom's voice can be clearly heard singing off mic.

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11.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 11 (0:27) - This take, which sounds a bit too fast, breaks down during the first verse. McCartney stops the take and says, "Hold on. It was a little bit. No, that wasn't together."

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12.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 12 (0:48) - Another breakdown, at the start of the second verse. McCartney advises, "Hold it. No. Try and look at Bill for that one, you know, if you can."

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13.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 13 (2:42) - This is a very good, complete take. Before the take, McCartney advises, "Play a bit lighter. Just, you know, try not to sort of think, you know, the studio and stuff, you know. Probably come out a bit better if you just sort of... fuck it."

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14.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 14 (2:25) - Another very good, complete take where you can hear Tommy singing during the "Sonny" breaks. Mike's drum fills are a little bit different. McCartney comments after: "Yeah. Good. That's much better, though. That was really, much better now. If you're gonna do..."

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15.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 15 (2:31) - Before the take, Tommy is shaking his maracas. This is another complete take. At this point, everyone knows their parts and is trying to come up with the perfect performance. Again, you can hear Tommy singing during the "Sonny" breaks. McCartney doesn't like this take as much as the previous one: "Not quite as good as the one before." Then he asks Pete Ham: "That was a bit slower, was it?"

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16.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 16 (0:22) - Before the take, McCartney asks the engineer if he's ready: "Tony?" Tony Clark says, "Yup" and McCartney acknowledges his reply. The producer in the booth announces the take and they're off again. This take breaks down quickly in the first verse when someone in the booth whistles for them to stop.

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17.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 17 (0:55) - This take breaks down as the second verse starts. McCartney says he's sorry and blames himself for blowing the take (Paul is playing the tambourine).

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18.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 18 (2:27) - A forceful complete take with Tommy Evans singing the guide vocal. The take is nearly perfect aside from Pete Ham hitting a bum chord towards the end. As Ron's bass guitar fades, McCartney comments: "Not bad. Could do better. See me."

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19.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 19 (0:30) - This take never really gets going, as Pete Ham doesn't sound quite ready, and he's not playing the piano with full effort.

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20.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 20 (2:19) - An excellent, complete take. Very close to being the final master backing. Even so, McCartney calls for "another one."

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21.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 21 (2:24) - This take has Ron Griffiths overdubbing a rough lead vocal onto take 20. McCartney comments: "We'll let you know Ron who's better." Some insight from Ron Griffiths himself: "...there was NO prior rehearsal, I did not benefit from double-tracking or reverb... also, I was not from Liverpool!!!"

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22.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 22 (0:49) - Before this take, McCartney says: "Ron, there is just feel now." The take breaks down as the second verse begins with McCartney apologizing: "Sorry, I lost it a bit, then."

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23.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 23 (0:37) - This take breaks down when Pete Ham hits messes up on the piano.

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24.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 24 (0:52) - This take breaks down when Mike Gibbins messes up the snare drum break leading into the second verse.

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25.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 25 (0:20) - This take quickly breaks down.

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26.

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Take 26 (2:25) - This is a complete take, the master backing. McCartney sounds satisfied: "OK. We'll listen to those back."

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Staff

Musicians

Pete Ham:
Backing vocals, Piano
Tom Evans:
Lead vocals, Maracas
Mike Gibbins:
Drums
Ron Griffiths:
Backing vocals, Bass

Production staff

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Tony Clark:
Engineer

About

(Details from the session – length & description of each take – taken from Tom Brennan’s Badfinger Library)

From Wikipedia:

[…] On 2 August 1969, McCartney produced the studio version at EMI (Abbey Road) Studios by the Apple band Badfinger (then called the Iveys) telling them, “Okay, it’s got to be exactly like this demo.” His “carrot” for the band was his offer to produce this song and two other Iveys’ originals for the movie The Magic Christian, since he had a contract to supply three songs for it. The band followed his instructions.

McCartney auditioned each of the four Iveys to sing lead on “Come and Get It“. Ultimately, he picked Tom Evans over the other three band members, Pete Ham, Ron Griffiths, and Mike Gibbins. […]


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