Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
At this stage they intended to featured it on the Help! soundtrack, although it the song remained unreleased until 1996’s Anthology 2.
Two takes of That Means A Lot had been recorded in the February session. On this evening The Beatles recorded five more, numbered 20-24, although 22-24 were incomplete. The session lasted from 7-10pm.
Unlike the previous attempt, however, the 30 March recordings were not remixed for mono or stereo, indicating that The Beatles never felt it was of sufficient quality for release. This day’s attempts have never been officially released.
An overdub from that date, containing electric piano and lead guitar, was wiped. In its place Harrison recorded a new guitar solo, accompanied by bongos and piano, played by Starr and McCartney respectively. The song was mixed on 2 April 1965.
Also on this day...
- 2010: Paul McCartney live at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles
- 1970: Mixing: For You Blue
- 1967: Recording: With A Little Help From My Friends
- 1967: Cover shoot for Sgt Pepper
- 1965: Filming: Help!
- 1963: Live: Guildhall, Portsmouth
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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