|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||3 December 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Although Goldie (of Goldie & The Gingerbreads) was the first artist to record the song, her version was withdrawn following disagreements with Goffin and King over the song's lyrics.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 #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 #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. 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 resembles a subtle country feel; a sound later prominent on Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
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 album. 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 single 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 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 single 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
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.
- "Carole King Songs". Carole King Official Website. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
- "Goin' Back by The Byrds review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
- "The Notorious Byrd Brothers". ByrdWatcher: A Field Guide to the Byrds of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- "Goin' Back cover versions". Allmusic. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- "Lyn Paul – 1966". The Lyn Paul Website. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- "Goldie & The Gingerbreads Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- "Dusty Springfield: The 1960s Recording Sessions". www.wonderboymi.com. Archived from the original on 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- Brown, Tony. (2000). The Complete Book of the British Charts. Omnibus Press. p. 838. ISBN 0-7119-7670-8.
- "Dusty Springfield Discography 1963–2005". Dusty Springfield: Woman Of Repute. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- "Goin' Back by Dusty Springfield album appearances". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- Billboard Magazine, October, 1966. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- Billboard Magazine, November, 1966. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- "Dusty Springfield: Artist Chart History". Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- Whitburn, Joel. (2008). Top Pop Singles 1955–2006. Record Research Inc. p. 130. ISBN 0-89820-172-1.
- Brown, Tony. (2000). The Complete Book of the British Charts. Omnibus Press. p. 130. ISBN 0-7119-7670-8.
- Rogan, Johnny. (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. p. 229. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X.
- Rogan, Johnny. (1997). The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1997 CD liner notes).
- Menck, Ric. (2007). The Notorious Byrd Brothers (331⁄3 series). Continuum Books. pp. 91–92. ISBN 0-8264-1717-5.
- Rogan, Johnny. (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. p. 623. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X.
- Hjort, Christopher. (2008). So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star: The Byrds Day-By-Day (1965–1973). Jawbone Press. p. 148. ISBN 1-906002-15-0.
- "The Columbia Singles '65-'67". Sundazed Records. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- "Writer review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- "Pearls/Time Gone By review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- "Freddie Mercury or Larry Lurex". Freddie Mercury: Music? Not Only... Archived from the original on 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- "Pearls II review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- "Love & Life: The Very Best of Diana Ross review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
- "Ex-Manchester United and Aston Villa star Paul McGrath begins music career". Metro. Retrieved 2011-09-09.