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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 20, 1965 (Saturday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

There being so few Beatles/EMI recordings remaining unreleased, it's somewhat bizarre that inside three days the group should tape two songs destined for such a fate, for with "If You've Got Trouble" scarcely yet a painful memory, another Lennon-McCartney song begun this day, "That Means A Lot", suffered the same ending. Written for the new film, the Beatles made two separate attempts at recording it - in two takes between 12:00 noon and 5:15 pm this day, and again on March 30th, before giving up and, instead, donating it to PJ Proby for his exclusive use. (Proby recorded his version at EMI on April 7, 1965, produced by Ron Richards).

Five more mono mixes were done on this day too - of "If You've Got Trouble", Tell Me What You See" and "You're Going To Lose That Girl" between 11:00 am and 12:00 noon, and of "That Means A Lot" and "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" between 5:15 and 6:00 pm, thereby completing a full mixed set of all 11 songs recorded by the Beatles during the week of February 15-20. Stereo mixes of all 11 new songs were made in studio one at EMI between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 23rd, under the supervision of balance engineer Norman Smith.

The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

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