And I Love Her

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"And I Love Her"
Song by the Beatles from the album A Hard Day's Night
Released 10 July 1964
Recorded 25–27 February 1964
EMI studios, London
Genre Pop[1]
Length 2:32
Label Parlophone
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer George Martin
A Hard Day's Night track listing
Music sample
"And I Love Her"
Single by The Beatles
from the album
Something New
B-side "If I Fell"
Released 20 July 1964 (US)
Format 7"
Label Capitol
The Beatles singles chronology
"A Hard Day's Night"
(US-1964)
"And I Love Her"
(US-1964)
"I'll Cry Instead"
(US-1964)

"And I Love Her" is a song recorded by English rock band the Beatles, written mainly by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney). The fifth track on their third album, A Hard Day's Night, it was released 20 July 1964 with "If I Fell" as a single by Capitol Records in the United States, reaching No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Beatles performed "And I Love Her" just once outside Abbey Road Studios; on 14 July 1964 they played it for an edition of the BBC's Top Gear radio show, which was broadcast two days later.[2]

Composition[edit]

A majority of this song switches back and forth between the key of E and its relative minor C#m. It also changes keys altogether just before the solo, to F. It ends on the parallel major of the key of F's relative minor, D. This technique is known as Picardy third resolution.

The song was written mainly by McCartney, though John Lennon claimed in an interview with Playboy that his major contribution was the middle eight section ("A love like ours/Could never die/As long as I/Have you near me").[3]

Beatles publisher Dick James lends support to this claim, saying that the middle eight was added during recording at the suggestion of producer George Martin (an early take of the song was released on Anthology 1 in 1995, and the middle eight had not yet been added). According to James, Lennon called for a break and "within half an hour [Lennon and McCartney] wrote...a very constructive middle to a very commercial song."[4] McCartney, on the other hand, maintains that "the middle eight is mine.... I wrote this on my own. I would say that John probably helped with the middle eight, but he can't say 'It's mine'."[4]

"The 'And' in the title was an important thing – 'And I Love Her,' it came right out of left field, you were right up to speed the minute you heard it," McCartney said. "The title comes in the second verse and it doesn't repeat. You would often go to town on the title, but this was almost an aside: 'Oh . . . and I love you.'" [5]

McCartney credits George Harrison with composing the signature guitar riff, saying it "made a stunning difference to the song".

McCartney called "And I Love Her" "the first ballad I impressed myself with." Lennon called it Mc­Cartney's "first 'Yesterday.'"[5]

Recording[6][edit]

Recorded by the Beatles over three days, in Abbey Road Studio Two, the sessions were produced by George Martin and engineered by Norman Smith. The second engineer was Richard Langham.

Day 1[edit]

Work began at 2:30pm on Tuesday 25 February 1964, the first day of the sessions for the Hard Day's Night soundtrack and the accompanying album. Two takes were recorded. Take 1 was incomplete, but Take 2 was complete. However, the Beatles decided a lighter touch was required. Take 2 was eventually released on Anthology 1 in 1995.[7] This version was missing the middle-eight.

Instrumentation on this session was[8]

Day 2[edit]

The following day, Wednesday 26 February, a further 17 takes (Takes 3–19) were made in a session lasting from 7:00–10:00pm. Although Starr swapped his drums for bongos and claves halfway through the session, they were still not happy. It was during this session that they stopped for a tea break and to write the middle eight. A brief fragment of Take 11 can be heard in the closing credits of Episode 8 of Anthology, where Paul sings "And if you saw my love, I'd love her [too]..." before the take breaks down.[9]

Instrumentation on both this session and Day 3 was[8]

  • Paul McCartney – lead vocal, 1963 Höfner 500/1 bass guitar through Vox AC-100 bass amp.
  • John Lennon – Harrison's 1962 Gibson J-160E acoustic-electric guitar through Vox AC-50 guitar amp
  • George Harrison – 1964 José Ramírez Guitarra de Estudio classical guitar
  • Ringo Starr – Ludwig drum kit, switching to bongos and claves

Day 3[edit]

A further two takes (Takes 20–21) were recorded on the morning of Thursday 27 February, beginning at 10:00am. Take 20 saw the basic track laid down, while Take 21 was an overdub of McCartney's double-tracked lead vocal and Starr's claves.

Mixing and release[edit]

All mixes were prepared from Take 21.

Mono Remix 1[edit]

This initial mono mix was made in the Abbey Road Studio One control room on Tuesday 3 March. As for the recording session, Martin and Smith were producer and engineer. The second engineer was A.B. Lincoln.[10]

The mix features McCartney's single-tracked vocal, with only selected phrases (for example, the title) highlighted by double tracking.

This mix was sent to Capitol and United Artists on Tuesday 9 June,[11] and released on the US mono version of the Hard Day's Night soundtrack album on Friday 26 June 1964.[12] The stereo version of the album used a fake stereo version of this mono mix.

This mix was also used on the mono version of the Capitol album Something New, released on Monday 20 July 1964.[12]

This mix was also used on the film print of A Hard Day's Night except the speed was slower in a low pitch.

It can currently be found as part of the Capitol Albums Volume 1 box set.

Mono Remix 2[edit]

This second mono mix was made in the Abbey Road Studio One control room on Monday 22 June. Martin and Smith were again producer and engineer. The second engineer was Geoff Emerick.[13]

In this mix, McCartney's vocal is double-tracked throughout, except for the first two lines of the third verse.

This mix was released on the UK mono version of A Hard Day's Night on Friday 10 July 1964.[12]

It can currently be found on The Beatles in Mono box set.

Stereo Mix[edit]

A stereo mix of "And I Love Her" was made on Monday 22 June immediately after Mono Remix 2. As with Mono Remix 2, McCartney's vocal is double-tracked throughout, except for the first two lines of the third verse.

This mix was released on the UK stereo version of A Hard Day's Night on Friday 10 July 1964.[12]

This mix was also used on the stereo version of the Capitol album Something New, released on Monday 20 July 1964.[12]

It can currently be found on the A Hard Day's Night CD, and as part of the Capitol Albums Volume 1 box set.

Extended Stereo Mix[edit]

The German version of Something New contained an edited version of the 22 June stereo mix, repeating the closing guitar riff five times instead of three. This version also appeared on the American Rarities album in 1980.[14] It is not known when this edit was made. It has not yet been released on CD.

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per Ian MacDonald[15]

Cover versions[edit]

As with many Beatles songs, this has been covered by many artists of varying style from R&B, crooner, pop and even grunge.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ingham 2003, p. 32.
  2. ^ The Beatles Bible 2008.
  3. ^ Sheff 2000, p. 173.
  4. ^ a b Spitz 2005, pp. 488–489.
  5. ^ a b "65 – 'And I Love Her'". 100 Greatest Beatles Songs. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Lewisohn 1988, pp. 39–40.
  7. ^ Unterberger 2006, p. 89.
  8. ^ a b Babuik 2002, p. 119.
  9. ^ Unterberger 2006, p. 90.
  10. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 41.
  11. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 45.
  12. ^ a b c d e Lewisohn 1988, p. 201.
  13. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 46.
  14. ^ And I Love Her – Beatlesbooks.com
  15. ^ MacDonald 2005, p. 108.
  16. ^ Reins 2009.

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