“I Feel Fine” #TheBeatles Rare Takes and #Isolated Tracks via @IndieStardust

by Karen A. Brown for @IndieStardust

record player 1970sAs a kid, I was always singing.  I’d sit with a pencil and my small plastic record player. They looked like the Crosley Player to the left and came in colors, with a handle for simple carrying to outlets around the house or to a friends place.  There is nothing like vinyl. The textures sounds, the feeling that you are in the same room with the artist. It’s like being there. The sound is full spectrum. Not like what one downloads on an MP3 now. Kids today don’t realize they are missing so much of the true sound of a recording.

I’d move the needle methodically, writing down every word. We didn’t have any other way of finding the song lyrics ….waaay….back then.  Then I’d, hop on the bed a start singing at the top of my lungs. Once I had every word memorized, of course, there was the mirror with my hairbrush microphone.

So, geek that I am, this is the kind of thing I do in my spare time. I research a song, finding different takes and isolated tracks of the same song to hear sublties.

So, have a mghty listen to The Beatles: “I Feel Fine”. Listen to the textures, the harmonies… the subtle sounds and layers. Something tells me you too will feel fine…

“”I Feel Fine” is a riff-driven rock song written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released in 1964 by the Beatles as the A-side of their eighth British single. The song is notable for being one of the first uses of guitar feedback in popular music. “ – Wikipedia

The Beatles – I Feel Fine (Live at Paris) 1965

The Beatles HD – I Feel Fine Live in Germany (Remastered)

 

i feel fine“I Feel Fine” is written in 4/4 time with drummer Ringo Starr’s R&B-influenced beat (based on the “Latin” drumming in Ray Charles’s hit “What’d I Say”) featured through most of the song except for the bridge, which has a more conventional backbeat. After a brief note of heavy feedback (see below), the intro begins with a distinctive arpeggiated riff which starts in D major before quickly progressing to C major and then G major, at which point the vocals begin in G. Just before the coda, Lennon’s intro riff (or ostinato), is repeated with a bright sound by George Harrison on electric guitar (a Gretsch Tennessean), followed by the more “electric” sound of John’s amped acoustic. The song ends with a fadeout of the G major portion of the opening riff repeated several times. – wikipedia

“I Feel Fine” (Lennon–McCartney)

Baby’s good to me, you know
She’s happy as can be, you know
She said so
I’m in love with her and I feel fine

Baby says she’s mine, you know
She tells me all the time, you know
She said so
I’m in love with her and I feel fine

I’m so glad that she’s my little girl
She’s so glad, she’s telling all the world

That her baby buys her things, you know
He buys her diamond rings, you know
She said so
She’s in love with me and I feel fine, mmm

Baby says she’s mine, you know
She tells me all the time, you know
She said so
I’m in love with her and I feel fine

I’m so glad that she’s my little girl
She’s so glad, she’s telling all the world

That her baby buys her things, you know
He buys her diamond rings, you know
She said so
She’s in love with me and I feel fine
She’s in love with me and I feel fine, mmm, mmm

The Beatles “I Feel Fine” Isolated Vocals

The Beatles – I Feel Fine isolated guitar track, guitar only

Below we have some of the studio recorded versions

The Beatles – I Feel Fine (Take 1)

I Feel Fine (Take 5) – The Beatles Rare Takes

I Feel Fine Take 6, 7 / The Beatles

 

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The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings) Box set, Original recording remastered on Amazon!

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