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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “I’m Only Sleeping” (US stereo reissue mix)

Posted by on August 23, 2010 at 7:00 am.

Welcome to the Beatles Rarity of the Week. This week’s post is a follow up to an earlier BROW I posted way back in October of 2008, that you can check out here if you like.

The previously referenced post points out that there have been five mixes in the standard Beatles catalog of “I’m Only Sleeping.” Actually, I should have said there are four, since the mix on the stereo US Yesterday…And Today LP is a fake stereo mix identical to the one on the mono Y&T album.

1. Yesterday…And Today (mono) + Yesterday…And Today (stereo) which had a fake stereo mix – this mix was featured on the Oct. 2008 BROW and never released officially to CD.

2. UK Revolver mono mix – available again recently on the mono remasters box set issued last September.

3. UK Revolver stereo mix – this has been the standard mix since the CD was issued in 1987.

4. Yesterday…And Today (stereo reissue) – around 1973 the stereo Y&T album was upgraded with a newly created stereo mix of “I’m Only Sleeping” since early issues had ‘fake’ stereo mixes. This version has not been officially released to CD.

All four of these mixes have subtle differences to do with where the backwards guitar overdubs are faded up and down in the mix. Also, the lead guitar is mixed differently throughout the guitar solo and at the end. My earlier post included the mono US Y&T mix (#1 above). Since #2 above was recently issued and #3 above is the standard mix, I have chosen the US stereo 1973 reissued mix (#4) as this week’s BROW. In case you’re interested in comparing, I have charted specifically how these mixes differ below the photo, but, of course, you don’t have to sweat the details just to enjoy the song.

The Beatles - I'm Only Sleeping
The Beatles, 1966

The Beatles, 1966

Note: #4 below is the characteristics for the mix featured in this post. To compare with mono Yesterday… And Today version (#1), check out the earlier post. To compare with UK stereo Revolver mix (#3), play your Revolver CD. With the mono box set you can compare with your mono Revolver CD (#2).

Verse 1: no backwards guitar on any mix

Verse 2:
#1-no backwards guitar
#3-backwards guitar on “everywhere at such a speed” and “find there’s no need”
#4-backwards guitar on “running everywhere at such a speed” and “till they find there’s no need”
#2-backwards guitar on “where at such a speed” and “there’s no need”

Verse 3:
#1-backwards guitar on “time” and “ceiling”
#3, #4-no backwards guitar
#2-backwards guitar on “staring at the ceiling”

Solo:
#1-guitar continues into words “please don’t” at end of solo
#3, #2-guitar ends at end of solo
#4-guitar fades in 2 bars later, continues into “please”

Verse 4:
no backwards guitar on any mix

End:
#1-guitar starts 4 beats after the last word “sleeping”
all others- guitar starts immediately after last word “sleeping”

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17 Comments

  • lennonista says:

    Always on my list of Top Ten Beatles songs… can never get enough of “I’m Only Sleeping.” Now I know more about it than ever *and* have heard all versions, all of them sublime. Thanks, Mark!

  • Chris says:

    Rumour has it that this is the version on the World Records box set (the “Liverpool” box). Can anyone confirm?

  • Chris Z says:

    Hi, Nat,

    As promised in our e-mail correspondence, here’s the link for my infographic on this song: http://www.messengerwebdesign.com/blog/beatles-im-only-sleeping-infographic

    Thanks for letting me post this here. I imagine it’s of interest to your readers.

  • happynat says:

    @Chris Z. Thanks Chris. Love the infographic! Thanks for sharing!

  • Chris Z says:

    You’re so welcome. I actually made some revisions & corrections to it today — I hope this is the final version!

  • GeorgeinNY says:

    Hi Nat,
    While on the subject of remixes, are you privy to plans for remixing any more of the Beatles material a la the 1999 Yellow Submarine Songtrack remixes? I may be a heretic, but I strongly favor those tracks to the originals. The separation and placement of the instruments and vocals in the mixes are stunning … they just jump out at you as if they were recorded yesterday – Nowhere Man being a great example. I would LOVE to hear ALL of the Beatles recordings treated this way in the higher fidelity!
    Thanks,
    George
    Saratoga Springs, NY

    • happynat says:

       @GeorgeinNY Sorry George, I don’t believe there are any such plans by Apple at the moment.

      • GeorgeinNY says:

         @happynat I think Apple in general has been respectful of the fans’ wallets in terms of repackaging official Beatles product with their willingness to include alternate mixes as they have to make each release unique in some way. But man, to me it would be the ultimate to experience to hear all of Sgt.Pepper, just as a f’rinstance, in the “modern” remixed form. Yeah, heresy, but hi fidelity heresy! thanks for BROW. Sharing your research as you do is really informative, even to a long time fan such as myself. Hey, when are you going to publish a book? I’d buy it!
        Thanks again,
        ~ George

        • happynat says:

           @GeorgeinNY Ha! Thanks George. The thought has crossed my mind on a book though, maybe one of these days…

        • GeorgeinNY says:

           @happynat You could do it, Man! Self publishing is a snap these days. I would however wonder where the info stops. There seems to always be something new – to coin a phrase – in the world of bootlegs et al, but I think you’re THE authority. Whatever. Just stay Happy, Nat.

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