THE BEATLES - What You're Doing

THE BEATLES - 'What You're Doing' (Parlophone PMC 1240) rec. October 1964
Paul McCartney's wonderful song 'What You're Doing' (recorded during the month I was born) was hidden away on side 2 of 'Beatles For Sale' album released in December 1964, just in time for Christmas. It was a song that took The Beatles 19 takes to perfect before George Martin decided that it was good enough for release!

It's notable for two things. First the song doesn't have a chorus as such and relies on it's melodic verses. And secondly, George Harrison playing his Rickenbacker 12 string. The jangle beat action was a new sound that The Byrds thankfully explored the following year.

THE BEATLES - What You're Doing

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  1. Have a listen to Take 11 of the song. Not nearly as good as the final version, of course, but it still has a certain wild energy, and the Rick somehow sounds more raw:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJA8mGVajeQ

    Jangle beat indeed.

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  2. Thanks for posting the link. I've never heard it before and the earlier demo version does indeed sound unpolished but no less immediate.

    The Fantastic Dee-Jays covered 'What You're Doing' to good effect on their LP.

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