- Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Revolver (UK Mono) LP.
- EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road
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The group re-recorded the song on 26 April. Whereas the first version was in the key of D major, the remake was played in E major, with the guitarists applying capos to allow for the two-semitone adjustment. Rodriguez and music critic Richie Unterberger speculate that the remake was motivated by the Beatles’ realisation that the 20 April recording was overly derivative of the Byrds, and that this aspect had possibly come about through a pun on the word “bird”.
The session began with Lennon’s tongue-in-cheek introduction, “Okay, boys – quite brisk, moderato, foxtrot”, and the group performing a rhythm track that Lewisohn terms “very heavy”, before the mood was lightened in subsequent takes. The twin lead-guitar approach replaced the Rickenbacker jangle from the first version, and the vocal arrangement was pared down to feature mainly Lennon. Harrison and McCartney used their Epiphone Casinos for the lead-guitar lines. In the description of Charles Shaar Murray, the completed track is nevertheless one of the guitar-based songs on Revolver that “glisten” with “cascades of jangle”, as the Beatles responded to “what The Byrds had done with the Fabs’ own proto-folk-rock sound on A Hard Day’s Night“.
The band used take 10 as their basic track, before overdubs. The latter included McCartney’s bass guitar and Ringo Starr adding cymbal and extra hi-hat to augment his drum part. Since the group liked the stuttering bass notes that McCartney had played at the end of take 6, the latter portion was spliced onto the master to close the recording.
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