Friday, January 30, 2009

I'm Only Sleeping

"I'm Only Sleeping" is a Lennon composition issued on Revolver in the UK and on Yesterday and Today in America. It was recorded at Abbey Road on April 27, 1966, with the backwards guitar dubbed in later.

According to George Martin (and a great Beatles fact), the chord sequence for this song was written down and played backwards after the forward sequence was worked out. He claimed that he didn't quite know what the effect would be when the backward sequence was played forward but that it was done a few times, with a hit or miss approach until they found a take that they liked. Several other sources say that the guitar part was simply recorded and played backwards.

Lennon sang lead, with McCartney and Harrison contributing background vocals. Lennon played acoustic guitar, Harrison lead, McCartney bass, and Starr drums.

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