Welcome to The Beatles Rarity Of The Week. Just before their legendary first visit to America, The Beatles spent three weeks in France. On January 14th, 1964 the band flew from London to Paris where they did several interviews for French radio and television and also performed two live concerts at the Olympia Theatre on January 16th. On January 29th, they went over to EMI’s Pathe Marconi Studios to record their translated versions of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (“Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand”) and “She Loves You” (“Sie Liebt Dich”) for release on a German single.
After these two tracks were ready, the boys still had some studio time, so they decided to record a song Paul McCartney had written on the George V Hotel piano. The song had the working title “Money Can’t Buy Me Love” and originally started out with the first verse but when producer George Martin made the suggestion of starting it up with the chorus, they decided they liked that better.
John Lennon plays acoustic guitar on the recording and George Harrison plays lead guitar including the middle solo. Both John and George handle the call and response backing vocals. Paul plays bass and sings the lead vocal and, of course, Ringo Starr mans the drums.
On the first take John gets a little too bluesy with the backing vocals. The second take goes over okay until we reach George’s guitar solo which is needing lots of work. Paul is singing “everybody’s heard it so” instead of “everybody tells me so” at this point and has a little bit of a vocal flub-up in the final verse. Take 2 is heard on The Beatles Anthology 1 CD set but George’s botched solo has been replaced with the better solo he does on take 1. For this week’s BROW I am sharing with you the unadorned take 2 which contains the original guitar solo and unlike the Anthology account, it includes Paul’s count-in.
The session continued with take three which broke down in the second verse because Paul sang lyrics that were from the first verse. Take 4 became the master and was taken back to London for overdubs. The title was shortened to “Can’t Buy Me Love” and became a number one single in the the U.K. and America and was featured twice in The Beatles first movie A Hard Day’s Night later in the year.
The music of The Beatles make great holiday gifts! Here are some Amazon links to read more on, or purchase, some music related to this post:
1) Anthology 1 – 1995 2-CD collection of Beatles out-takes, live recordings and extras. Includes an “improved” version of take 2 of “Can’t Buy Me Love.”
2) A Hard Day’s Night 2009 stereo CD remaster of original 1964 LP, including final version of “Can’t Buy Me Love.”
3) A Hard Day’s Night 2012 remastered vinyl version of original 1964 LP, including final version of “Can’t Buy Me Love.”
4) A Hard Day’s Night 2002 remastered 2-DVD set with original 1964 film and lots of extras. Includes two film sequences for “Can’t Buy Me Love.”
5) I Wanna Be Santa Claus – 1999 CD of holiday tunes by Ringo Starr.