George Martin: 3 enero 1926 – 8 marzo 2016

Minus One

MINUS ONE, DISC 1

Don’t Bother Me – The percussion version with a clean vocal.

I Want To Hold Your Hand – this is the raw take as performed live.

This Boy – this is another raw live take.

A Hard Day’s Night – this is the basic rhythm track with the live lead vocals muted. In their place is the overdub where John and Paul double tracked their voices.

I Should Have Known Better – presented without John’s vocal double tracking.

If I Fell – presented without John and Paul’s vocal double tracking. (LAS VOCALES SON MUCHO MÁS DULCES QUE EN LA VERSIÓN FINAL)

I’m Happy Just To Dance With You – this is the basic live take with George singing solo and John on guitar.

And I Love Her – presented without Paul’s vocal double tracking. (ESTA VERSIÓN CON UNA VOZ TAN PRISTINA DE PAUL, DEBIÓ HABER SIDO LA TOMA OFICIAL)

Can’t Buy Me Love – for the basic take the group played live but George’s guitar work was erased and redone (the original solo can be heard faintly in the background).

Anytime At All – a basic live take with George on 12 string once more and George Martin on piano. During an overdub John and Paul double tracked their vocals.

I’ll Cry Instead – this is the basic live take. Onto this was overdubbed more guitar and vocals, plus tambourine.

Things We Said Today – the basic live take, after which Paul double tracked his voice adding harmonies and the others overdubbed piano, tambourine and some extra guitar.

I Feel Fine – presented without John, Paul and George’s vocal double tracking.

Baby’s In Black – this is the basic live take. Onto this John and Paul overdubbed two extra sets of vocals while George added a second lead guitar part including a solo.

Eight Days A Week – presented without John, Paul and George’s vocal double tracking.

Leave My Kitten Alone – the group did a basic live take onto which they then overdubbed piano and tambourine and replaced George’s lead guitar track (the old one can be heard in the background). This is how it sounded before John double-tracked his voice.

The Night Before – they seem to have recorded the rhythm track first with John on pianet and then added the vocals heard here. George played the solo twice, each time in a different octave. Paul then later added vocal double tracking.

I Need You – George not only double tracked his voice but also joined John and Paul to double track the background harmonies. Here there is only one set of vocals. (BELLISIMA VOZ DE GEORGE Y CON UNOS COROS QUE DESTACAN CLARAMENTE COMPARADOS CON LA VERSIÓN FINAL)

Ticket To Ride – during an overdub John double tracked his voice while Paul played a third electric guitar part and either George or Ringo rattled a tambourine. Here it is presented minus the overdub.

It’s Only Love – this is how the basic performance would have sounded, with John on 12 string electric guitar similiar to the anthology take.

I’ve Just Seen A Face – this performance harks back to the sound of their skiffle days with either Paul or John (or both) on acoustic guitar, George on 12 string acoustic and Ringo on brushes. An overdub added Paul’s double tracking, marraccas and a second acoustic 12 string.

If You’ve Got Trouble – the basic take used the regular line up onto which Ringo added a vocal. During a different overdub Ringo double tracked his vocal, Paul and George chimed in with some “ohhh”s and George added a third guitar part for the solo. This mix uses some of the elements of that overdub but not Ringo’s extra vocals. Rock on, anybody!

We Can Work It Out – the basic track consisted of drums, bass, acoustic guitar and tambourine. Paul and John added their vocals to this, and then a harmonium part was added (the one heard in this mix).

Day Tripper – as was common in this period the rhythm track was recorded first with the usual line up. The vocals heard here were then probably added and a subsequent overdub saw double tracked vocals, tambourine and (as was also common in this period) a third electric guitar added.

Nowhere Man – presented without John, Paul and George’s vocal double tracking. (BELLÍSIMA, MEZCLA DONDE JOHN DA LA IMPRESIÓN DE ACERCARSE A SUSURRAR AL OÍDO UNA BUENA PARTE DE LAS VOCALES, SEGUNDO 31)

Think For Yourself – the basic track seems to have been drums, electric guitar and Paul on regular bass, to which Paul added “fuzz bass” (bass notes played on an electric guitar fed through a fuzz box) while the others played tambourine and maracca. John, Paul and George double tracked all of the vocals – only one batch is heard here.

The Word – one of the first times Paul was given a separate track for his bass. Presented here without John, Paul and George’s vocal overdubbing.

Michelle –  Paul did not double track his voice, but in the silent spaces in the track used for background harmonies he double tracked some of his guitar work. That final track is mixed out here. The ending seems to be authentic.

Minus One

MINUS ONE, DISC 2

What Goes On – presented as a solo from Ringo without John and Paul’s harmonies.

In My Life – presented without John, Paul and George’s vocal double tracking.

Run For Your Life – presented without John and Paul’s vocal double tracking.

Paperback Writer – a single tracked vocal from Paul. Also mixed out is the overdub where John and George added extra harmonies including “Frere Jacques”. Paul played the aggressive electric guitar on this song, striving (if George is to be believed) to emulate Jeff Beck.

Eleanor Rigby – Paul seems to have been the only Beatle on this song. Only one of his vocal parts is heard here. Two more were overdubbed before the song was finished.

I’m Only Sleeping – John double tracked some of his vocals on this song while adding harmonies with Paul. The ADT effect was also later applied but is absent here.

Here There And Everywhere – presented without Paul’s vocal double tracking. The harmonies by Paul, George and John are also single tracked. (OTRA CANCIÓN QUE NECESITA ESCUCHARSE SIN DOUBLE TRACKING)

And Your Bird Can Sing – presented without ADT on John’s voice.

Dr Robert – presented without ADT on John’s voice.

Penny Lane – Paul’s voice is single tracked on the verses.

Strawberry Fields Forever – the first remake of this song (take 7), presented without John’s vocal double tracking, but with the guitar and mellotron overdub not present on take 6.

Strawberry Fields Forever – the second remake (take 25), presented without John’s vocal double tracking. (LA TOMA HISTORICA DE SFF CON UNA MEZCLA ESTÉREO COMO NUNCA SE HABÍA ESCUCHADO ANTES )

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – presented without John, Paul and George’s vocal double tracking, and with the full “Billy Shears” ending.

All You Need Is Love – presented without John, Paul and George’s vocal double tracking.

The Fool On The Hill – presented without Paul’s vocal double tracking. (MUCHO MÁS DULCE VOCALMENTE QUE LA VERSIÓN ORIGINAL)

Your Mother Should Know – presented without Paul’s vocal double tracking.

Across The Universe – presented without ADT on John’s voice and guitar.

Back In The USSR – presented without John, Paul and George’s vocal double tracking.

Come Together – presented without John’s extra vocal parts.

Because – presented with single tracked vocals. On the record they were triple tracked.

Something – presented without George’s vocal double tracking. However his own harmony parts are included. (LO MÁS GRATO E IMPRESIONANTE DE LOS TRES DISCOS, SOBRE TODO LAS VOCALES DESNUDAS DE GEORGE EN EL PUENTE,  minuto 1.20 en adelante)

Minus One

MINUS ONE, BONUS DISC

From Me To You – a stereo equivalent of the mono single mix.

Thank You Girl – a stereo equivalent of the mono single mix.

The One After 909 – a stereo equivalent of the mono Anthology mix.

I Want To Hold Your Hand – the overdub during which they added various voices and instruments.

Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand – includes vocalisations on the right channel at the start not heard on Past Masters. When they recorded this song they took the basic rhythm track from I Want To Hold Your Hand and (because some elements were on a different track along with handclaps and vocals) George overdubbed some extra guitar and new handclaps were added. But the quality was poor for some reason. Here the left channel has been rebuilt in better sound.

Can’t Buy Me Love – the other vocal and guitar solo (the first is heard on disc 1).

I Feel Fine – the other vocal overdub (the first is heard on disc 1). The guitar solo here is single tracked too rather than double tracked (George played it once on each vocal overdub).

Help! – the soundtrack to the “dart-less” clip with noticeably different vocals. This is taken from a 1966 German tv broadcast.

The Night Before – the other vocal overdub (the first is heard on disc 1). (EXTRAORDINARIA VERSIÓN VOCAL DE PAUL)

That Means A Lot – a clearer and better balanced stereo mix than what has been heard before. On Sessions it is in faux stereo with copious reverb. (LA MEJOR MEZCLA Y BALANCE ESTÉREO QUE EXISTE HASTA AHORA)

If You’ve Got Trouble – a different vocal from Ringo to that on disc 1.

Nowhere Man – the other vocal overdub (the first is heard on disc 1).

In My Life – the other vocal overdub (the first is heard on disc 2).

Yellow Submarine – a longer mix with the opening chant added (partially only), full sound effects, and the ending.

And Your Bird Can Sing – the original version (take 2) without the giggling. Remixed for better balance and stereo placement. (SIEMPRE HE DETESTADO QUE A ESTA VERSIÓN LE HAYAN QUITADO LA SUPERIMPOSICIÓN DE LAS RISAS)

For No One – backing track.

Tomorrow Never Knows – with the guitar solo forwards rather than backwards.

Penny Lane – highlighting the myriad of small overdubs to this song.

Strawberry Fields Forever – a complete edit of take 25. The first verse is taken from an early mono mix. After this was made John apparently re-recorded his vocals, but never got around to finishing them, leaving the first verse blank.

Penny Lane – the stereo mix augmented with the trumpet flourish originally heard only on the advance promo.

Sgt Peppers – the complete track sans audience applause and with the original ending.

A Day In The Life – sans orchestra and with the unused “Ommmmmm” ending.

I Am The Walrus – complete stereo mix.

Obladi Oblada – the original version in a clear stereo mix. On Sessions it is in faux stereo with heavy reverb, ADT and limiting, giving the false impression of extra overdubs.

Revolution 1 – reconstruction of the version Lewisohn seems to describe in “Recording Sessions”.

Old Brown Shoe – remixed to boost the very faint vocals. These were recorded (as was done with Not Guilty) by placing a microphone in the same room as a speaker through which George sang. As can be heard here, the results were slightly distorted, which is possibly why they were mixed so far down in volume.

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EDITORIAL

Minus one, sólo para verdaderos fanáticos y especialistas de los Beatles:

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