Helter Skelter

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the The Beatles (Mono) LP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1968
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1968 (Paul McCartney was 26 years old)

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Song facts

That wasn’t a joke put-on: his hands were actually bleeding at the end of the take, he’d been drumming so ferociously. We did work very hard on that track.

Paul McCartney – about Ringo Starr shouting “I got blisters on my fingers!”

From Wikipedia:

“Helter Skelter” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1968 album The Beatles (also known as “the White Album”). It was written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The song was McCartney’s attempt to create a sound as loud and dirty as possible. It is regarded as a key influence in the early development of heavy metal. In 1976, the song was released as the B-side of “Got to Get You into My Life” in the United States, to promote the Capitol Records compilation Rock ‘n’ Roll Music.

Along with other tracks from the White Album, “Helter Skelter” was interpreted by cult leader Charles Manson as a message predicting inter-racial war in the US. Manson titled his vision of this uprising after the song. Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Helter Skelter” 52nd on its list of “The 100 Greatest Beatles Songs”. Siouxsie and the Banshees, Mötley Crüe, Aerosmith, U2 and Oasis are among the artists who have covered the track, and McCartney has frequently performed it in concert.

Background and inspiration

Paul McCartney was inspired to write “Helter Skelter” after reading an interview with the Who’s Pete Townshend where he described their September 1967 single, “I Can See for Miles”, as the loudest, rawest, dirtiest song the Who had ever recorded. He said he then wrote “Helter Skelter” “to be the most raucous vocal, the loudest drums, et cetera”. On 20 November 1968, two days before the release of The Beatles (also known as “the White Album”), McCartney gave Radio Luxembourg an exclusive interview, in which he commented on several of the album’s songs. Speaking of “Helter Skelter”, he said:

Umm, that came about just ’cause I’d read a review of a record which said, “and this group really got us wild, there’s echo on everything, they’re screaming their heads off.” And I just remember thinking, “Oh, it’d be great to do one. Pity they’ve done it. Must be great – really screaming record.” And then I heard their record and it was quite straight, and it was very sort of sophisticated. It wasn’t rough and screaming and tape echo at all. So I thought, “Oh well, we’ll do one like that, then.” And I had this song called “Helter Skelter,” which is just a ridiculous song. So we did it like that, ‘cos I like noise.

In British English, a helter skelter is a fairground attraction consisting of a tall spiral slide winding round a tower, but the phrase can also mean chaos and disorder. McCartney said that he was “using the symbol of a helter skelter as a ride from the top to the bottom; the rise and fall of the Roman Empire – and this was the fall, the demise.” He later said that the song was a response to critics who accused him of writing only sentimental ballads and being “the soppy one” of the band. Although the song is credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership, it was written by McCartney alone. John Lennon acknowledged in a 1980 interview: “That’s Paul completely.”

Composition

The song is in the key of E major and the 4/4 time signature. On the recording issued on The Beatles, its structure comprises two combinations of verse and chorus, followed by an instrumental passage and a third verse–chorus combination. This is followed by a prolonged ending during which the performance stops, picks up again, fades out, fades back in, and then fades out one final time amidst a cacophony of sounds. The stereo mix features one more section that fades in and concludes the song.

The only chords used in the song are E7, G and A, with the first of these being played throughout the extended ending. Musicologist Walter Everett comments on the musical form: “There is no dominant and little tonal function; organized noise is the brief.” The lyrics initially follow the title’s fairground theme, from the opening line “When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide”. McCartney completes the first half-verse with a hollered “and then I see you AGAIN!” The lyrics then become more suggestive and provocative, with the singer asking, “But do you, don’t you, want me to love you?” In author Jonathan Gould’s description, “The song turns the colloquialism for a fairground ride into a metaphor for the sort of frenzied, operatic sex that adolescent boys of all ages like to fantasize about.”

Recording

“Helter Skelter” was recorded several times during the sessions for the White Album. During the 18 July 1968 session, the Beatles recorded take 3 of the song, lasting 27 minutes and 11 seconds, although this version is slower, differing greatly from the album version. Chris Thomas produced the 9 September session in George Martin’s absence. He recalled the session was especially spirited: “While Paul was doing his vocal, George Harrison had set fire to an ashtray and was running around the studio with it above his head, doing an Arthur Brown.” Ringo Starr recalled: “‘Helter Skelter’ was a track we did in total madness and hysterics in the studio. Sometimes you just had to shake out the jams.”

On 9 September, 18 takes lasting approximately five minutes each were recorded, with the last one featured on the original LP. At around 3:40, the song completely fades out, then gradually fades back in, fades back out partially, and finally fades back in quickly with three cymbal crashes and shouting from Starr. During the end of the 18th take, he threw his drum sticks across the studio and screamed, “I got blisters on my fingers!” Starr’s shout was only included on the stereo mix of the song; the mono version (originally on LP only) ends on the first fadeout without Starr’s outburst. On 10 September, the band added overdubs which included a lead guitar part by Harrison, trumpet played by Mal Evans, piano, further drums, and “mouth sax” created by Lennon blowing through a saxophone mouthpiece.

According to music critic Tim Riley, although McCartney and Lennon had diverged markedly as songwriters during this period, the completed track can be seen as a “competitive apposition” to Lennon’s “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey“. He says that whereas Lennon “submerges in scatalogical contradictions” in his song, “Helter Skelter” “ignites a scathing, almost violent disorder”. In Everett’s view, rather than the Who’s contemporaneous music, the song “sounds more like an answer to [Yoko Ono]”, the Japanese performance artist who, as Lennon’s new romantic partner, was a constant presence at the White Album sessions and a source of tension within the band.

Release and reception

“Helter Skelter” was sequenced as the penultimate track on side three of The Beatles, between “Sexy Sadie” and “Long, Long, Long“. The segue from “Sexy Sadie” was a rare example of a gap (or “rill”) being used to separate the album’s tracks, and the brief silence served to heighten the song’s abrupt arrival. In Riley’s description, the opening guitar figure “demolishes the silence … from a high, piercing vantage point” while, at the end of “Helter Skelter”, the meditative “Long, Long, Long” begins as “the smoke and ash are still settling”. The double LP was released by Apple Records on 22 November 1968.

In his contemporary review for International Times, Barry Miles described “Helter Skelter” as “probably the heaviest rocker on plastic today”, while the NME‘s Alan Smith found it “low on melody but high on atmosphere” and “frenetically sexual”, adding that its pace was “so fast they all only just about keep up with themselves”. Record Mirror‘s reviewer said the track contained “screaming pained vocals, ear splitting buzz guitar and general instrumental confusion, but [a] rather typical pattern”, and concluded: “Ends sounding like five thousand large electric flies out for a good time. John [sic] then blurts out with excruciating torment: ‘I got blisters on my fingers!'”

In his review for Rolling Stone, Jann Wenner wrote that the Beatles had been unfairly overlooked as hard rock stylists, and he grouped the song with “Birthday” and “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey” as White Album tracks that captured “the very best traditional and contemporary elements in rock and roll”. He described “Helter Skelter” as “excellent”, highlighting its “guitar lines behind the title words, the rhythm guitar track layering the whole song with that precisely used fuzztone, and Paul’s gorgeous vocal”. Geoffrey Cannon of The Guardian praised it as one of McCartney’s “perfect, professional songs, packed with exact quotes and characterisation”, and recommended the stereo version for the way it “transforms” the song “from a nifty fast number to one of my best 30 tracks of all time”. Although he misidentified it as a Lennon song, William Mann of The Times said “Helter Skelter” was “exhaustingly marvellous, a revival that is willed by creativity … into resurrection, a physical but essentially musical thrust into the loins”.

In June 1976, Capitol Records included the track on its themed double album compilation Rock ‘n’ Roll Music. In the United States, the song was also issued on the single promoting the album, as the B-side to “Got to Get You into My Life“. In 2012, “Helter Skelter” appeared on the iTunes compilation album Tomorrow Never Knows, which the band’s website described as a collection of “the Beatles’ most influential rock songs”.

Charles Manson interpretation

Charles Manson told his followers that several White Album songs, particularly “Helter Skelter”, were part of the Beatles’ coded prophecy of an apocalyptic war in which racist and non-racist whites would be manoeuvred into virtually exterminating each other over the treatment of blacks. Upon the war’s conclusion, after black militants had killed off the few whites that had survived, Manson and his “Family” of followers would emerge from an underground city in which they would have escaped the conflict. As the only remaining whites, they would rule blacks, who, as the vision went, would be incapable of running the United States. Manson employed “Helter Skelter” as the term for this sequence of events. In his interpretation, the lyrics of the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” described the moment when he and the Family would emerge from their hiding place – a disused mine shaft in the desert outside Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Vincent Bugliosi, who led the prosecution of Manson and four of his followers who acted on Manson’s instruction in the Tate-LaBianca murders, named his best-selling book about the murders Helter Skelter. At the scene of the LaBianca murders in August 1969, the phrase (misspelt as “HEALTER SKELTER”) was found written in the victims’ blood on the refrigerator door. In October 1970, Manson’s defence team announced that they would call on Lennon for his testimony. Lennon responded that his comments would be of no use, since he had no hand in writing “Helter Skelter”.

Bugliosi’s book was the basis for the 1976 television film Helter Skelter. The film’s popularity in the US ensured that the song, and the White Album generally, received a new wave of attention. As a result, Capitol planned to issue “Helter Skelter” as the A-side of the single from Rock ‘n’ Roll Music but relented, realising that to exploit its association with Manson would be in poor taste. In the final interview he gave before his murder in December 1980, Lennon dismissed Manson as “just an extreme version” of the type of listener who read false messages in the Beatles’ lyrics, such as those behind the 1969 “Paul is dead” rumour. Lennon also said: “All that Manson stuff was built around George’s song about pigs [‘Piggies‘] and this one, Paul’s song about an English fairground. It has nothing to do with anything, and least of all to do with me.”

Reflecting on “Helter Skelter” and its appropriation by the Manson Family in his 1997 authorised biography, Many Years from Now, McCartney said, “Unfortunately, it inspired people to do evil deeds” and that the song had acquired “all sorts of ominous overtones because Manson picked it up as an anthem”. Author Devin McKinney describes the White Album as “also a black album” in that it is “haunted by race”. He writes that, in spite of McCartney’s comments about the song’s meaning, the recording conveys a violent subtext typical of much of the album and that “Here as ever in Beatle music, performance determines meaning; and as the adrenalized guitars run riot, the meaning is simple, dreadful, inarticulate, and instantly understood: She’s coming down fast.” In her 1979 collection of essays about the 1960s, titled The White Album, Joan Didion wrote that many people in Los Angeles cite the moment that news arrived of the Manson Family’s killing spree in August 1969 as having marked the end of the decade. According to author Doyle Greene, the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” effectively captured the “crises of 1968”, which contrasted sharply with the previous year’s Summer of Love ethos. He adds: “While ‘Revolution‘ posited a forthcoming unity as far as social change, ‘Helter Skelter’ signified a chaotic and overwhelming sense of falling apart occurring throughout the world politically and, not unrelated, the falling apart of the Beatles as a working band and the counterculture dream they represented.”

Retrospective reviews and legacy

Writing for MusicHound in 1999, Guitar World editor Christopher Scapelliti grouped “Helter Skelter” with “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” as the White Album’s three “fascinating standouts”. The song was noted for its “proto-metal roar” by AllMusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the album’s release, Jacob Stolworthy of The Independent listed the same three songs as its best tracks, with “Helter Skelter” ranked at number 3. Stolworthy described it as “one of the best rock songs ever recorded” and concluded: “The fiercest, most blistering track that arguably paved the way for heavy metal is far removed from the tame love songs people were used to from [McCartney].” Writing in 2014, Ian Fortnam of Classic Rock magazine cited “Helter Skelter” as one of the four songs that made the Beatles’ White Album an “enduring blueprint for rock”, along with “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Yer Blues” and “Don’t Pass Me By“, in that together they contained “every one of rock’s key ingredients”. In the case of McCartney’s song, he said that the track was “one of the prime progenitors of heavy metal” and a major influence on 1970s punk rock.

Ian MacDonald dismissed “Helter Skelter” as “ridiculous, [with] McCartney shrieking weedily against a massively tape-echoed backdrop of out-of-tune thrashing”, and said that in their efforts to embrace heavy rock, the Beatles “comically overreached themselves, reproducing the requisite bulldozer design but on a Dinky Toy scale”. He added: “Few have seen fit to describe this track as anything other than a literally drunken mess.” Rob Sheffield was also unimpressed, writing in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004) that, following the double album’s release on CD, “now you can program ‘Sexy Sadie’ and ‘Long, Long, Long’ without having to lift the needle to skip over ‘Helter Skelter.'” David Quantick, in his book Revolution: The Making of the Beatles’ White Album, describes the song as “Neither loud enough to bludgeon the listener into being impressed nor inspired enough to be exciting”. He says that it becomes “a bit dull after two minutes” and, after its laboured attempts at an ending, is “redeemed only” by Starr’s closing remark.

Doyle Greene states that the Beatles and Manson are “permanently connected in pop-culture consciousness” as a result of Manson’s interpretation of “Helter Skelter”, “Piggies” and other tracks from the White Album. “Helter Skelter” was voted the fourth worst song in one of the first polls to rank the Beatles’ songs, conducted in 1971 by WPLJ and The Village Voice. According to Walter Everett, it is typically among the five most-disliked Beatles songs for members of the baby boomer generation, who made up the band’s contemporary audience during the 1960s.

In March 2005, Q magazine ranked “Helter Skelter” at number 5 in its list of the “100 Greatest Guitar Tracks Ever”. The song appeared at number 52 in Rolling Stone‘s 2010 list of “The 100 Greatest Beatles Songs”. In 2018, Kerrang! selected it as one of “The 50 Most Evil Songs Ever” due to its association with the Manson Family murders. […]

McCartney live performances

Since 2004, McCartney has frequently performed “Helter Skelter” in concert. The song featured in the set lists for his ’04 Summer Tour, The ‘US’ Tour (2005), Summer Live ’09 (2009), the Good Evening Europe Tour (2009), the Up and Coming Tour (2010–11) and the On the Run Tour (2011–12). He also played it on his Out There Tour, which began in May 2013. In the last tours, the song has been generally inserted on the third encore, which is the last time the band enters the stage. It is usually the last but one song, performed after “Yesterday” and before the final medley including “The End“. McCartney played the song on his One on One Tour at Fenway Park on 17 July 2016 accompanied by the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and New England Patriots football player Rob Gronkowski.

McCartney performed the song live at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards on 8 February 2006 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. In 2009, he performed it live on top of the Ed Sullivan Theater during his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

At the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011, the version of the song from McCartney’s live album Good Evening New York City, recorded during the Summer Live ’09 tour, won in the category of Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance. It was his first solo Grammy Award since he won for arranging “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” in 1972. McCartney opened his set at 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief with the song. On 13 July 2019, the final date of his Freshen Up tour, McCartney performed “Helter Skelter” at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles with Starr playing drums. […]

Paul McCartney in "Many Years From Now", by Barry Miles:

I was in Scotland and I read in Melody Maker that Pete Townshend had said: ‘We’ve just made the raunchiest, loudest, most ridiculous rock ‘n’ roll record you’ve ever heard.’ I never actually found out what track it was that The Who had made, but that got me going; just hearing him talk about it. So I said to the guys, ‘I think we should do a song like that; something really wild.’ And I wrote Helter Skelter.

You can hear the voices cracking, and we played it so long and so often that by the end of it you can hear Ringo saying,’I’ve got blisters on my fingers’. We just tried to get it louder: ‘Can’t we make the drums sound louder?’ That was really all I wanted to do – to make a very loud, raunchy rock ‘n’ roll record with The Beatles. And I think it’s a pretty good one. […]

I was using the symbol of a helter skelter as a ride from the top to the bottom – the rise and fall of the Roman Empire – and this was the fall, the demise, the going down. You could have thought of it as a rather cute title but it’s since taken on all sorts of ominous overtones because Manson picked it up as an anthem, and since then quite a few punk bands have done it because it is a raunchy rocker.

Obviously you cannot tell who is going to listen to your stuff and who’s going to interpret it. If someone listens to ‘Helter Skelter’ and says, ‘Aha, this is a signal,’ you have no control over that.

Paul McCartney

In the late ’60s, there were some preposterous interpretations of what The Beatles were doing and saying. After Pepper came out, I’d get these nutters turning up at my front door, all claiming they were the real-life Mr. Kite. Then there was the whole “Paul is dead” thing. John was supposed to have said, “I buried Paul” at the end of Strawberry Fields Forever, although what he actually said was “cranberry sauce”. I took my sandals off for the cover of Abbey Road because it was a warm day but, to some people, this was conclusive proof that I’d actually snuffed it.

The whole Manson thing took it onto another, far scarier level. A song like “Helter Skelter” is really the idea of an amusement ride as a metaphor for the fall and rise of civilisation. But it’s nothing to do with murder or the end of the world. Suddenly, though, The Beatles were the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse and The White Album was meant to have ordered these murders to take place. Well, OK, there were four of us but we weren’t on bloody horseback. Then some smartarse points out that we did actually ride horses in the “Penny Lane” video. So we’re band to rights. If I learnt anything from the whole Manson episode, it was not to read too much meaning into songs because that can get fairly freaky.

Paul McCartney – Interview with MOJO, July 2004
Paul McCartney’s original handwritten lyrics for “Helter Skelter”, 1968

From YouTube, November 1, 2018

Giles Martin talks us through the recording of Helter Skelter, from the first sessions of blues jams through to the revisited loud and heavy sessions and how it became the iconic finished master. Now remixed for the 2018 release of the White Album.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

[a] mono 17 Sep 1968. edited.
UK: Apple PMC 7068 white album 1968.
US: Capitol SHAL12060 Rarities 1980.

[b] stereo 12 Oct 1968. edited.
UK: Apple PCS 7068 white album 1968.
US: Apple SWBO 101 white album 1968.
CD: EMI CDP 7 46443 2 white album 1987.

The basic song runs about 3:10 to a pause shortly after Paul’s distorted vocal, too close to the microphone. Mono [a] then is edited into more of the same take, with sound effects noises, and fades at 3:36. Stereo [b] is edited instead to a different part of the take, fading out and then back in again, with another edit, ending finally at 4:29 after Ringo shouts “I’ve got blisters on my fingers!”.

Is the distorted vocal “Can you hear me speaking– woo!” or “My baby is sleeping, ooh!, dreaming”?

Last updated on August 25, 2021

Lyrics

When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide
Where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride
Till I get to the bottom and I see you again

Do you, don't you want me to love you?
I'm coming down fast but I'm miles above you
Tell me, tell me, tell me, come on tell me the answer
You may be a lover but you ain't no dancer

Helter skelter
Helter skelter
Helter skelter

Will you, won't you want me to make you?
I'm coming down fast but don't let me break you
Tell me, tell me, tell me the answer
You may be a lover but you ain't no dancer

Look out!
Helter skelter
Helter skelter
Helter skelter

Look out!
'Cause here she comes

When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide
And I stop and I turn and I go for a ride
And I get to the bottom and I see you again

Well do you, don't you want me to make you?
I'm coming down fast but don't let me break you
Tell me, tell me, tell me your answer
You may be a lover but you ain't no dancer

Look out!
Helter skelter
Helter skelter
Helter skelter

Look out!
Helter skelter
She's coming down fast
Yes she is
Yes she is
Coming down fast

I got blisters on my fingers!

Variations


A Mono version • From "The Beatles (Mono)"

A2009 2009 mono remaster • From "The Beatles in Mono (2009)"


B Stereo version • From "The Beatles (Stereo)"


C Part of take 2 • From "Anthology 3"

C2016 Part of take 2 • From "Anthology 3 (2016 remaster)"

D 2006 "The Beatles Love" mix • From "Love"

E 2018 stereo mix • From "The Beatles (50th anniversary boxset)"

F First version – Take 2 • From "The Beatles (50th anniversary boxset)"

G Second version – Take 17 • From "The Beatles (50th anniversary boxset)"

L1 Live version • New York • Citi Field • USA • Jul 17, 2009 • From "Good Evening New York City"

L2 Live version • "12-12-12 - The Concert For Sandy Relief" • Dec 12, 2012

L3 Live version • ""Under The Staircase" Spotify show" • Jul 23, 2018

Officially appears on


The Beatles (Mono)

LP • Released in 1968

4:30 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Bass guitar, Piano, Tenor saxophone
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Mal Evans :
Trumpet
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 09, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Sep 10, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Sep 17, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


The Beatles (Stereo)

LP • Released in 1968

4:30 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Bass guitar, Piano, Tenor saxophone
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Mal Evans :
Trumpet
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 09, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Sep 10, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 12, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Rarities (US - 1980)

Official album • Released in 1980

4:30 • Studio versionA • Mono • Ends at first fadeout without Ringo Starr's "blisters" outburst (first pressings erroneously attribute the statement to John Lennon in the album's liner notes)

Paul McCartney :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Bass guitar, Piano, Tenor saxophone
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Mal Evans :
Trumpet
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 09, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Sep 10, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Sep 17, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Anthology 3

Official album • Released in 1996

4:38 • OuttakeC • Mono • Part of take 2. [...] Take 2, which runs in excess of 12 minutes, has been respectfully pruned to under five here, preserving the essential elements of what was, fundamentally, an impromptu jam. Following balance engineer Ken Scott's "Take 2" announcement the band immediately begins the slow, insistent groove on top of which Paul adds his compelling vocal; the mix is mono to compensate for the track configuration on the original tape: all the instruments appeared on one track, the vocal was isolated on a second and the two remaining tracks were vacant.

George Martin :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 18, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Love

Official album • Released in 2006

3:22 • Studio versionD • As the title suggests, the track contains the whole of "Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite", the guitars from "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" and heavily delayed vocals from "Helter Skelter". This track also contains horse sounds from "Good Morning, Good Morning", harmonium and other elements from "Cry Baby Cry" and laughter from "Piggies".

George Martin :
Producer
Giles Martin :
Producer
Paul Hicks :
Remix engineer
Sam Okell :
Remix engineer assistant
Chris Bolster :
Remix engineer assistant
Mirek Stiles :
Remix engineer assistant

Session Mixing:
Circa 2004-2006
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


The Beatles (Mono - 2009 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2009

4:30 • Studio versionA2009 • Mono • 2009 mono remaster

Paul McCartney :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Bass guitar, Piano, Tenor saxophone
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Mal Evans :
Trumpet
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer
Paul Hicks :
Remastering
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Sean Magee :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Sep 09, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Sep 10, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Sep 17, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


The Beatles (Stereo - 2009 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2009

4:30 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Bass guitar, Piano, Tenor saxophone
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Mal Evans :
Trumpet
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Sep 09, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Sep 10, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 12, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Good Evening New York City

Official live • Released in 2009

3:48 • LiveL1 • Could have been record on 17, 18 or 21 July 2009

Paul McCartney :
Executive producer
Performed by :
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Paul WickensBrian Ray
Geoff Emerick :
Audio mixing
Paul Hicks :
Audio mixing
Jonas Westling :
Additional engineering
Richard Lancaster :
Additional engineering
John Henry :
Recording

Concert From the concert in New York, USA on Jul 17, 2009



The Beatles (Mono - 2014 vinyl)

LP • Released in 2014

4:30 • Studio versionA2014 • Mono • 2014 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Bass guitar, Piano, Tenor saxophone
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Mal Evans :
Trumpet
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer
Sean Magee :
Remastering
Steve Berkowitz :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Sep 09, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Sep 10, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Sep 17, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Live performances

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Dave 2 years ago

Absolutely NOBODY has posted online what he says after that first "Look Out" at about 1:32 on the album take? (Something) ______ are come? Right before the giggle.


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