The Beatles recorded this week’s BROW for the fourth and final BBC program From Us To You hosted by Don Wardell. The session took place on July 17, 1964. Only three days earlier the BBC version of “Things We Said Today” heard on the 2-CD Apple compilation Live At The BBC was recorded for another BBC program called Top Gear. The recording featured here aired on the BBC Light Programme on August 3, 1964.
The sound quality suffers somewhat on this account of the song since it was actually obtained by a studio employee who only just managed to get a copy of a copy of a copy. During this period, The Beatles were heavily plugging their latest album A Hard Day’s Night released only a week earlier in the U.K. in conjunction with the new film of the same title.
Although the BBC studios didn’t have multi-tracking capability, The Beatles still were able to record overdubs live during tape-to-tape copies. That is how they managed to double-track Paul McCartney’s lead vocal plus add handclaps and tambourine to this alternate account of “Things We Said Today.”
“Things We Said Today” was not included in the film A Hard Day’s Night but was featured on side 2 (the non-film song side) of the U.K. Parlophone album. In America, it was first heard on the Capitol LP Something New released on July 20, 1964. It was also included in The Beatles’ setlist on their summer 1964 tour.
Here are some Amazon links to read more on, or purchase, some music related to this post:
1) A Hard Day’s Night – 2009 remastered version of original 1964 stereo LP.
2) The Capitol Albums Vol. 1 – 2004 4-CD box set containing stereo and mono versions of the 4 Beatles Capitol albums from 1964 – Meet The Beatles!, The Beatles Second Album, Something New and Beatles ’65. Includes stereo and mono versions of “Things We Said Today.”
3) Live at the BBC – 1994 2-CD compilation of the best of The Beatles BBC recordings. Quite a set!
4) A Hard Day’s Night – 2002 2-DVD remastered version of original 1964 feature film and plenty of extra features, interviews, etc.