|Single by Dusty Springfield|
|B-side||"I'm Gonna Leave You"|
|Released||July 1, 1966|
|Recorded||June 15, 1966|
|Studio||Philips Studio, Stanhope Place, London|
|Songwriter(s)||Gerry Goffin, Carole King|
|Dusty Springfield singles chronology|
1967 Dutch picture sleeve.
|Single by The Byrds|
|from the album The Notorious Byrd Brothers|
|B-side||"Change Is Now"|
|Released||October 20, 1967|
|Recorded||October 9, 11 and 16, 1967|
|Studio||Columbia Studios, Hollywood, CA|
|Genre||Baroque pop, country rock|
|Songwriter(s)||Gerry Goffin, Carole King|
|The Byrds singles chronology|
|Single by Phil Collins|
|from the album Going Back|
|B-side||"Papa Was a Rolling Stone"|
|Released||December 3, 2010|
|Studio||Dinemec Studio, Geneva|
|Songwriter(s)||Gerry Goffin, Carole King|
|Phil Collins singles chronology|
"Goin' Back" (a.k.a. "Going Back") is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King in 1966. It describes the loss of innocence that comes with adulthood, along with an attempt, on the part of the singer, to recapture that youthful innocence. The song has been recorded by many artists, including Dusty Springfield, Goldie Zelkowitz, the Byrds, Elkie Brooks, Blerta, Deacon Blue, Marianne Faithfull, Bill Drummond (of the KLF), Nils Lofgren, Freddie Mercury (on a Larry Lurex single), the Move, the New Seekers, the Pretenders, Diana Ross, Richard Thompson, Phil Collins, and Bon Jovi, as well as by Carole King herself.
Dusty Springfield's version
Although Goldie (of Goldie & the Gingerbreads) was the first artist to record the song, her version was withdrawn following disagreements with Goffin and King over the song's lyrics. Carole King then decided to record "Goin' Back" herself, but ultimately she offered it to Dusty Springfield instead. Dusty went on to have an international hit with the song and consequently, it is her version that is considered the most well known.
Dusty's version of "Goin' Back" was recorded on June 15, 1966 at Philips Studios, Stanhope Place, London, with musical accompaniment by Peter Knight and production by Johnny Franz. It was released as a single on July 1, 1966, reaching number 10 in the UK Singles Chart, but was not released as a single in the U.S.
Although "Goin' Back" was not included on any of Dusty Springfield's studio albums during the 1960s, it can be found on a number of her compilations, including Greatest Hits, Goin' Back: The Very Best of Dusty Springfield, Songbooks, Complete A and B-sides: 1963–1970, Live at the BBC, and the UK version of Golden Hits.
Chart positions (Dusty Springfield)
|Singapore Singles Chart||6|
|UK Singles Chart||10|
The Byrds' version
The Byrds' recording of "Goin' Back" was released as a single on October 20, 1967 and reached number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100, but failed to chart in the United Kingdom. The song was also included on the Byrds' 1968 album, The Notorious Byrd Brothers.
Author Johnny Rogan has remarked that, musically, the track shares similarities with other songs on the album, such as "Get To You" and "Natural Harmony", through the use of baroque arrangements and instrumentation. The track also has a subtle country feel to it; a sound the Byrds later explored more prominently on their Sweetheart of the Rodeo album.
The band's decision to record "Goin' Back" led to tensions within the group, principally due to rhythm guitarist David Crosby's lack of enthusiasm towards the song. Crosby considered "Goin' Back" to be lightweight fluff, typical of the Brill Building style of songwriting. He was therefore dismayed to find that his own song, "Triad", was in direct competition with "Goin' Back" for a place on The Notorious Byrd Brothers. Ultimately, Crosby was fired from the band and "Goin' Back" was included on the album and released as a single.
It has been erroneously claimed by some critics that the version of "Goin' Back" found on the Byrds' single release is a completely different take to the one that appeared on The Notorious Byrd Brothers album. However, an examination of the Byrds' recording session logs by Rogan reveals that, in fact, the single version is the same take as the version found on the album. However, the single version does feature a slightly different mono mix, which may have been the cause of this confusion.
In addition to the original release, the mono single mix of "Goin' Back" has also appeared on the 1982 compilation album The Original Singles: 1967–1969, Volume 2, the 2002 compilation LP The Columbia Singles '65-'67, and the 2012 Japanese CD Original Singles A's & B's 1965–1971.
In addition to its appearance on The Notorious Byrd Brothers album, the Byrds' recording of "Goin' Back" can also be found on several Byrds' compilations, including The Byrds' Greatest Hits Volume II, History of The Byrds, The Original Singles: 1967–1969, Volume 2, The Byrds, The Very Best of The Byrds, There Is a Season, and the UK version of The Best of The Byrds: Greatest Hits, Volume II. Additionally, an early, alternate version of "Goin' Back" was included as a bonus track on the 1997 Columbia/Legacy reissue of The Notorious Byrd Brothers.
Other cover versions
Nils Lofgren recorded Goin'Back on his first eponymous solo album in 1975 and it has been a signature tune for his live shows ever since.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band covered "Goin' Back" in concert during a four night stint at The Roxy in Los Angeles on October 15–19, 1975. It can be heard on the recording of the October 18 early show that was released as part of Springsteen's live archive series on December 7, 2018.
In 2011, Irish footballer Paul McGrath covered "Goin' Back" as part of an album of cover versions, with a percentage of the album's proceeds going to the Acquired Brain Injury Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Ireland.
"Goin' Back" has also been recorded by Eydie Gormé (album: It Was a Good Time/ 1971), the New Seekers (album: Now/ 1973), Nils Lofgren (album: Nils Lofgren/ 1975), Johnny Logan (album: Straight From the Heart/ 1985), Marianne Faithfull (album: Horses and High Heels/ 2011), and by Phil Collins in 2010.
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