Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Number 894 - The Beatles

Number 894


"Twist & Shout"



"The session in which The Beatles recorded their version of the track (in Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios in London) is one of the most famous in the history of popular music. By the late evening of 11 February 1963 The Beatles had recorded nearly all of the material which would become their first album, Please Please Me. The session had already lasted eleven hours, but the album still needed a big track to finish on and their long-standing live favourite "Twist and Shout" fit the bill perfectly. John Lennon was suffering from a cold and had been fighting a sore throat all day, and by this time his voice was cracking despite regular doses of cigarettes, milk, tea and cough sweets. Producer George Martin knew that they would only be able to get one take in, or two at the most, before Lennon would have no voice left at all. He had deliberately kept the song for last, knowing the demands it made on the lead vocalist's voice."

Fortunately, The Beatles rose to the occasion - everything went right on take one with Lennon's shredded voice, half singing and half screaming the lead vocal, providing a memorably harsh, energetic quality which made the recording an instant classic and a turning point in the band's career as well as in British rock and roll in general. This raw first take appears without overdubs on Please Please Me. While a second take was also recorded, the first take proved to be superior and is easily the standout track on the album.

For more Beatles see Number 947
For John Lennon see Number 639
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Not this one matey potatey)and the Album ranked at Number 39
This song has a crowbarred rating of 58.1 out of 108

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