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If you could go back in time to spend ONE day with The Beatles.....
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Note by Ahhh Girl 30 November 2014: I merged a thread tilted "If you had a time machine..." into this thread. Posts 27-65 were in that thread.

........where you could photograph it, video it or even have it professionally documented on film, what day would you pick?

It's something I've often thought about and each time I come up with the same answer. 1st July 1963 in Abbey Road Studio number 2 is the date and place.

This was the date they recorded She Loves You and apart from a few photos and the master tape in mono, there is nothing left about the recording of one of the greatest songs of all time and, if pushed, I would say is my favourite Beatle song because this was the one that started it all off for me.

I'd love to hear how they tackled it; the goofs, re-takes, studio banter and wouldn't it be great to have the separated tracks......oh well.

So that's mine. I did contemplate a few alternatives (A cavern performance or one of their 1965 UK concerts recorded in multi-track) but that summer day in North West London wins!

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In that case, it would really have to be 6 July 1957: http://www.beatlesbible.com/19.....mccartney/

Otherwise, perhaps it'd be the first time John played Strawberry Fields to George Martin, in the studio, on an acoustic guitar in late 1966. Or perhaps the orchestral overdub for A Day In The Life. Or maybe the very first audition/session at Abbey Road. Or the Please Please Me album session. Quite hard to choose just one!

Possibly it would be the concerts in Ipswich and Romford which my Mum went to in 1963 (the Roy Orbison tour). I'd love to go back and be in the crowd, though it would probably be a little too weird.

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5 January 2010
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Ooh, this is a good question!  On the professional level, as far as recording goes, there are a number of sessions I'd love to have been in attendance for, like the Please Please Me marathon, or that (literally) breathtaking day that Paul tackled "Yesterday", "I'm Down" and "I've Just Seen a Face".  The "Yellow Submarine" overdubs session would have been a lot of fun.  And of course I wish there was some document of those mythically frenzied Hamburg shows.  But I think i'm gonna ultimately have to say August 28, 1964: The Beatles meet Bob Dylan and "the '60s" begin!

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8 January 2010

For me, the orchestra session for "A Day In The Life."  Period.  Well...  and dozens of other sessions too!

24 January 2010

Great question! Hmmm, as an observer only? My first thought was the recording of A Day In The Life, but I also like the idea of the day they first met Bob Dylan... although it would be more fun to actually participate! Wink

But I have to say that I have always wished I could have seen them perform in Hamburg, preferably their first visit, after they met Astrid, Klaus and Jurgen.... maybe November 1960. So that's my answer.

I'd like to comment on the death of John's mum. Although he wouldn't have been quite as tortured an artist, let's remember that he was already well on his way of being an angry young man before Julia died... he had the whole abandonment issue, Mimi's craziness, death of Uncle George, and Stu's impending death  to keep his angst level quite high.

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iCaramba said:

Great question! Hmmm, as an observer only? My first thought was the recording of A Day In The Life, but I also like the idea of the day they first met Bob Dylan... although it would be more fun to actually participate! Wink

Right on! I'm sure I would be join the uproarious John and Ringo; no way could I be as calm as George or as coordinated to lead someone around the room, spouting nonsense as intelligence like Paul. 😛 My own experiences put me in the first description of... "effects." Hah!

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Von Bontee said:

But I think i'm gonna ultimately have to say August 28, 1964: The Beatles meet Bob Dylan and "the '60s" begin!

This was my first thought as well. Then I thought about the day in Paris on January 17, 1964 - hanging out with the Beatles, watching them in concert, going back to the hotel to discover that
I Want To Hold Your Hand had reached number one in America and then drinking the night away.

So the question remains...get drunk with the Beatles in Paris or wait 7 months and get baked with the Beatles and Bob Dylan in NYC...decisions, decisions.


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mr. Sun king coming together said:

The eternal question: Do I want to be drunk, or high and drunk?

Decisions Decisions

I'd definitely decide to be neither. I mean, if I've only got one day with the Beatles, why would I want my mind to be warped?

I would probably pick a Revolver session. "Tomorrow Never Knows" tape loops, perhaps? 

Or maybe I'd travel back to one of those days when Ringo was in the hospital as a kid. He sounds like he'd be the cutest kid ever. And I'd get to watch little Ringo play the drums in the hospital band! 

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