The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 14, 1964 (Friday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

This new LP came too soon after A Hard Day's Night for Lennon-McCartney, to have written a full album's worth of quality new material. They had a few songs, the final quota numbering eight, so for the other cuts the Beatles had to rely on former stage favorites.

Of the three songs during the evening session, only one, "I'm A Loser", was a Lennon-McCartney number, written mostly by John and showing a definite shift in direction away from the "hand-holding" songs to a more autobiographical and introspective slant, influenced by Bob Dylan. It was recorded in eight takes. These and four of Dr. Feelgood and the Intern's "Mr. Moonlight" were taped between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.

After that mono mixes wer made of both titles, presumably, since they were later improved upon, these were for John's personal use - right up to his death in 1980 he liked to take home rough mixes of his day's studio work, usually on a 7 1/2 ips reel.

Then the Beatles decided to do more recording, returning to their instruments for five takes of Johnny Preston's "Leave My Kitten Alone", the "Best" being the last, adorned with a number of overdubs.

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