The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
Abbey Road Studios, London
7 July - 19 August 1969
26 September 1969
according Ian MacDonald's "Revolution in the Head: The Beatles Records and the Sixties" book:
George Harrison – Lead & Backing Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Moog Synthesizer, Handclaps
Paul McCartney – Backing Vocals, Bass Guitar, Handclaps
Ringo Starr – Drums, Handclaps
John Lennon did not contribute to the song as he was recovering from a car crash
George Martin - Producer & Orchestration
Uncredited – four violas, four cellos, double bass, two piccolos, two flutes, two alto flutes, two clarinets
Levi Magyar - August 2012 Remix & Remaster
32bit Float 6144kBit/s 96000Hz
Size: 138 MB
This is my stripped mixdown from multitrack with the lost electric guitar solo by Harrison now included.
You can also find a version with the lost solo on "Beatles Remixers Group - Tuned To A Natural E Vol. 7" from 2012 which I don't like.
They managed to make it sound like a milkshake, very smoooth and sweeet - the bass and the Moog synth are almost gone and the lost guitar sounds like attached.
My stripped version has no orchestral parts, the lost solo is "in the mix" and interplays with the Moog and the drums at the beginning kick in much much later.
The tracks build/lead up to a climax (or zenith in case of the sun) and then they decline towards the end of the song.
Listen closly, there's a nice effect on the end of George's last electric guitar part which was already there and after that
the final handclaps are tripled by me =P
"Here Comes the Sun" was written at the time when Apple was getting like school, where we had to go and be businessmen:
'Sign this' and 'sign that'. Anyway, it seems as if winter in England goes on forever, by the time spring comes you really deserve it.
So one day I decided I was going to sag off Apple and I went over to Eric Clapton's house. The relief of not having to go
see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I walked around the garden with one of Eric's acoustic guitars and wrote "Here Comes the Sun".
"Here Comes the Sun" is one of Harrison's best-known Beatles contributions alongside "Something" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".
The year 1969 was a difficult one for Harrison: he was arrested for marijuana possession, he had his tonsils removed, and he had quit the band temporarily.
Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr recorded the rhythm track in 13 takes on 7 July 1969.
Towards the end of the session Harrison spent an hour re-recording his acoustic guitar part. He capoed his guitar on the 7th fret,
resulting in the final key of A major (in fact, slightly above A major due to the track being varispeeded by less than a semitone).
He also used the same technique on his 1965 song "If I Needed Someone," which shares a similar melodic pattern.
The following day he taped his lead vocals, and he and McCartney recorded their backing vocals twice to give a fuller sound.
A harmonium and handclaps were added on 16 July. Harrison added an electric guitar run through a Leslie speaker on 6 August,
and the orchestral parts (Martin's score for two piccolos, two flutes, two alto flutes and two clarinets) were added on 15 August.
"Here Comes the Sun" was completed four days later with the addition of Harrison's Moog synthesizer part.
In keeping with the cosmic image Harrison had developed by the late '60s, the song also features early use of the Moog synthesizer,
again in an understated fashion that underscores the song's upbeat mood instead of overwhelming it.
The master tapes reveal that Harrison recorded a guitar solo that was not included in the final mix.
Abbey Road Studios, 6th August 1969.
On this day, The Beatles recorded overdubs for two "Abbey Road" songs,
in two separate sessions. The first recording session (from 2.30pm to 11pm in Studio Three) was dedicated to
George Harrison's "Here Comes The Sun": he added more guitar onto the song, following the previous recording session on 16th July 1969.
It is likely that Harrison realised the song required more work after a rough stereo mix
was made on 4th August. This day's work involved the addition of three guitar parts.
It is likely that one of these was an unused guitar solo, which was unheard until the release of Martin Scorsese's
2011 documentary "George Harrison: Living In The Material World".
Astronomer and science popularizer Carl Sagan had wanted the song to be included on the Voyager Golden Record,
copies of which were attached to both spacecraft of the Voyager program to provide any entity that recovered them a representative sample of human civilization.
Although The Beatles favoured the idea, EMI refused to release the rights and when the probes were launched in 1977 the song was not included.
(Wikipedia & allmusic.com)
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