Welcome to the Beatles Rarity of the Week. This week’s post (now available as a podcast) 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
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
#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”
#1-backwards guitar on “time” and “ceiling”
#3, #4-no backwards guitar
#2-backwards guitar on “staring at the ceiling”
#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”
no backwards guitar on any mix
#1-guitar starts 4 beats after the last word “sleeping”
all others- guitar starts immediately after last word “sleeping”
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