‘Mother’ was edited for the release; the shorter version has been used subsequently on compilations. The opening tolling bells were removed, and the song was faded early. It was also presented in mono.
See, I keep thinking ‘Mother’ is a commercial record, because all the time I was writing it, it was the one I was singing the most and it’s the one that seemed to catch on in my head…
I write singles. I write them all the same way. But ‘Mother’ – you’ve got to take into account the lyrics, too. If I can capture more sales by singing about love than singing about my mother, I’ll do it.
Lennon Remembers, Jann S Wenner
Also on this day...
- 1964: Live: Another Beatles Christmas Show
- 1963: Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
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