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Any Time At All

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the A Hard Day's Night (Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1964

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions




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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Any Time at All” is a song recorded by English rock band the Beatles. Credited to Lennon–McCartney, it was mainly composed by John Lennon, with an instrumental middle eight by Paul McCartney. It first appeared on the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night album.

Origin

In his 1980 interview with Playboy, Lennon described the song as “An effort at writing ‘It Won’t Be Long‘. Same ilk: C to A minor, C to A minor—with me shouting.

Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “Any Time at All” were sold for £6,000 at an auction held at Sotheby’s in London, on 8 April 1988.

Recording

Incomplete when first brought into Abbey Road Studios on Tuesday 2 June 1964, Paul McCartney suggested an idea for the middle eight section based solely on chords, which was recorded with the intention of adding lyrics later. But by the time it was needed to be mixed, the middle eight was still without words and that is how it appears on the LP. McCartney sings the second “Anytime at all” in each chorus because Lennon couldn’t reach the notes. “Any Time at All” reprises a George Martin trick from “A Hard Day’s Night” by using a piano solo echoed lightly note-for-note on guitar by George Harrison. […]

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 22 Jun 1964.
    US: Capitol T 2018 Something New 1964.
  • [b] mono 22 Jun 1964.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 1230 Hard Day’s Night 1964.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46437 2 Hard Day’s Night 1987.
  • [c] stereo 22 Jun 1964.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 3058 Hard Day’s Night 1964.
    US: Capitol ST 2108 Something New 1964.

US mono [a] has the piano mixed way down compared to the others (it is not completely missing as some say), and the single drumbeat just before the chorus is either missing or way down so that we hear only what sounds like a thump on a guitar body… and these mixes were all done on the same day. The stereo separation in [c] shows the rhythm track fading up louder between vocal lines, as in stereo Can’t buy me love, possibly leakage into the vocal microphones during live recording.

Last updated on March 6, 2016

Lyrics

Any time at all
Any time at all
Any time at all
All you gotta do is call
And I'll be there

If you need somebody to love
Just look into my eyes
I'll be there to make you feel right
If you're feeling sorry and sad
I'd really sympathize
Don't you be sad, just call me tonight

Any time at all
Any time at all
Any time at all
All you gotta do is call
And I'll be there

If the sun has faded away
I'll try to make it shine
There is nothing I won't do
When you need a shoulder to cry on
I hope it will be mine
Call me tonight and I'll come to you

Any time at all
Any time at all
Any time at all
All you gotta do is call
And I'll be there

Any time at all
Any time at all
Any time at all
All you gotta do is call
And I'll be there

Any time at all
All you gotta do is call
And I'll be there

Officially appears on


A Hard Day's Night (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:11 • Studio versionB • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 02, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Something New (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:13 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 02, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Extracts from the Album A Hard Day's Night

EP • Released in 1964

2:16 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 02, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Something New (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:13 • Studio versionC • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 02, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


A Hard Day's Night (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:11 • Studio versionC • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 02, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


A Hard Day's Night - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

0:37 • Alternate take • RS from Take 11 Anthology DVD Mix

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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