The authentic 2-sided 45rpm acetate contains an UNRELEASED 1965 session of this song with PAUL MCCARTNEY ON DRUMS.
"Woman" was recorded twice by Peter and Gordon. The first session was on the 1st December 1965 where Paul McCartney was present and arranged the orchestra and also played drums on. However, unhappy with the finished product, Peter and Gordon returned to the studio on the 31st December 1965 to completely re-record the track, this time with a bigger orchestral sound. This remade version of the song was released as a single in early 1966. Paul McCartney's version of the song was never released.
This disc was cut on the 8th December 1965
after the first session by engineer Ken Scott (his initials 'KS' are on
the labels) and contains TWO MIXES of the original 1st December
session. One is marked '1st remix' and the other '2nd Remix/RM4'.
The versions on this disc are a completely different takes to those on the single release. The drums start earlier and played by Paul in a simple style. Also the orchestral arrangement is more subtle than the final single release, and the vocals are also very different too. The orchestra used for this recording was smaller, and the instrumental break much more simple than the final record. The two mixes on the disc are also different to one another, with higher vocal and drum levels amongst the distinguishing features.
What makes this disc even more unique is that it has been confirmed that this recording is that it NO LONGER EXISTS AT EMI as the original master tape has been destroyed, making this acetate the only physical copy of this historic session in existence.
However, you can listen to excerpts from both cuts recorded directly from this acetate on the player below, or on YouTube directly by clicking 'here'
The information below was provided by Beatles Historian Mark Lewisohn, who authenticated the acetate & recording:
1/12/65, 7.00-9.15 in Studio 2 (THE ACETATE RECORDING) Woman takes 1–8, and SI on to T8 (9.15-10.30) John Burgess (PB/RP)
Red form: orchestral accompaniment directed by Geoff Musson: 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 2 flugel horns, 2 trombones, harmonium, drums, 11 musicians. Total cost £119 14s
31/12/65, 10.00–1.00 in Studio 2 (The commercially released version with the big orchestra) SI, and 4T to 4T & SI John Burgess (PB/PMc)
Red form: orchestra arranged & conducted by Bob Leaper: 10 violins, 4 cellos, 3 trumpets, electric guitar/12 string, acc guitar, piano, bass, drums, 1 perc, 23 musicians. Total cost £185 10s
31/12/65, 2.30-5.30pm in S3 at Abbey Road
Woman (Re-dubbed orchestra) RM10, RM11 and RM12
Woman (backing track) RS1
John Burgess (PB/RL)
11/1/66, 4.30–5.30 in Room 65
Woman RM12 and RM13
John Burgess (PB/PJM)
The disc has been little played and well looked after. Both sides play without any significant or major audible faults. Some light background is audible but this is easily filtered out. Some light surface marks are visible beneath halogen light but there are no scratches or missing/cracked lacquer either side.
This historic disc is supplied with a CDR containing both tracks in full.
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