Recording "And Your Bird Can Sing"

Tuesday, April 26, 1966 • For The Beatles

Part of


Recording "Revolver"

April 6 - June 22, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Revolver (UK Mono) LP.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master release


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This was the thirteenth day of the recording sessions for the “Revolver” album. This 12-hour long session (from 2:30 pm to 2:45 am) was focused on the remake of “And Your Bird Can Sing“.

The Beatles had recorded two takes of “And Your Bird Can Singon April 20, 1966, but decided to start from scratch on this day. Beatles specialists Robert Rodriguez and Richie Unterberger speculated that the remake was motivated by the Beatles’ realisation that the April 20 recording was overly derivative of the Byrds, and that this aspect had possibly come about through a pun on the word “bird”.

They recorded eleven takes of the new backing track (numbered from 3 to 13), with John Lennon and George Harrison on electric guitars, Paul McCartney on bass and Ringo Starr on drums.

Take 1 started with a bit of nonsense from John, “Okay boys, quite brisk, moderato, foxtrot!

Take 5 was released on the 2022 reissue of “Revolver”.

Take 10 was deemed the best, even if the bass notes that Paul had played at the end of Take 6 were judged better. The decision to make an edit of takes 10 and 6 was made this day, even if this edit would be made later during the mixing process.

Overdubs were added onto take 10 (some of them may have also been added onto take 6, to ease the editing process). George added a lead guitar part, as well as Paul or John. John added his lead vocals (with an ADT – artificial double-tracking – effect applied to them), and Paul and George some backing vocals (also with ADT applied) and handclaps. Ringo added some cymbals. A tambourine part was also added.

At the end of the session, the recording of “And Your Bird Can Sing” was completed.

Last updated on October 15, 2022

Songs recorded


1.

And Your Bird Can Sing

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3


2.

And Your Bird Can Sing

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 4


3.

And Your Bird Can Sing

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5

Album Officially released on Revolver (Super Deluxe - 2022)


4.

And Your Bird Can Sing

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6


5.

And Your Bird Can Sing

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 7


6.

And Your Bird Can Sing

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 8


7.

And Your Bird Can Sing

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 9


8.

And Your Bird Can Sing

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 10


9.

And Your Bird Can Sing

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 11


10.

And Your Bird Can Sing

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 12


11.

And Your Bird Can Sing

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 13


12.

And Your Bird Can Sing

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 10

Staff

Musicians on "And Your Bird Can Sing"

Paul McCartney:
Lead guitar ?, Bass, Handclaps, Backing vocals
Ringo Starr:
Cymbals, Drums
John Lennon:
Lead guitar ?, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Handclaps, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
?:
Tambourine

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Phil McDonald:
Second Engineer

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