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With A Little Help From My Friends
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Written by: Lennon-McCartney

Recorded: 29, 30 March 1967

Producer: George Martin

Engineer: Geoff Emerick

Released: 1 June 1967 (UK), 2 June 1967 (US)

Ringo Starr: vocals, drums, tambourine

John Lennon: backing vocals, cowbell

Paul McCartney: backing vocals, piano, bass

George Harrison: lead guitar

George Martin: Hammond organ

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After going through the “Ranking songs on Sgt Pepper thread” I had to listen to this! I actually prefer the original over the Joe Cocker cover. 

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Don’t we all.

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Never been happy with any other mix than the Yellow Submarine Songtrack mix for this song. The 2009 stereo remaster is hopelessly split, and the 2009 mono is distressingly dull particularly in the vocals. Ringo sounds like he’s singing through a foghorn. The YSS mix has the best of both worlds, clarity, centeredness and warmth.

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I wasn’t even happy with the YSS mix, so I made my own. And I love it so much! Quite a few songs I prefer my mix to the official mix. But WALHFMF and Lovely Rita are the two songs I hate the original mix a lot. No clarity, bad levels of instruments… ahdn_paul_01

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I’ve always found the song itself dull so the mix doesn’t matter.

It is interesting to hear it without the vocals over the intro however.

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I read on NME that George Martin recorded the cheering that opens this song at a Hollywood bowl gig. Seemed unlikely to me as a) Did Martin even attend their gigs and tours? b) The song wasn’t written or recorded until March of 1967, two years after their 1965 appearance there. 

Can anybody fact check this? Where did the cheering come from? 

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It is correct in every way, @QuarryMan.

George Martin did occasionally spend time with them when they were touring.

In 1964, Capitol wanted a live album, and George was flown over to oversee the recording of their 23 August Hollywood Bowl performance, with s few seconds of Twist And Shout  appearing on Capitol’s The Beatles’ Story double album “documentary” on their rise.

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The exercise was repeated again in 1965, with their Hollywood Bowl performances on 29 and 30 August being recorded, though George is not credited as being involved with that year’s recordings.

And when it came to editing Sgt. Pepper  to With a Little Help , he used screaming from one of the Hollywood Bowl concerts to mask the edit.

Again, from Mark Lewisohn’s Complete Recording Sessions:

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Love this song. It’s my favourite Ringo vocal. 

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The bass line is quite cool. I find the arrangement of the whole song quite simple but so beatley… lovely tune. Though i also like Joe Cocker’s version i still like the Beatles’s more.

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Shamrock Womlbs said
I find the arrangement of the whole song quite simple but so beatley… lovely tune.

Perfect way to describe it.

It verges from the sublime to the ridiculote
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This is one of those songs I’ve always liked my whole life.

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It is correct in every way, @QuarryMan.

George Martin did occasionally spend time with them when they were touring.

In 1964, Capitol wanted a live album, and George was flown over to oversee the recording of their 23 August Hollywood Bowl performance, with s few seconds of Twist And Shout  appearing on Capitol’s The Beatles’ Story double album “documentary” on their rise.

From Mark Lewisohn’s Complete Recording Sessions:

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The exercise was repeated again in 1965, with their Hollywood Bowl performances on 29 and 30 August being recorded, though George is not credited as being involved with that year’s recordings.

And when it came to editing Sgt. Pepper  to With a Little Help , he used screaming from one of the Hollywood Bowl concerts to mask the edit.

Again, from Mark Lewisohn’s Complete Recording Sessions:

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Wow, thanks! That’s really cool to know, sort of like a nod to what had come before, a bit like the suited Beatles on the cover.

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Timothy said
Love this song. It’s my favourite Ringo vocal.   

Me too. It’s one of those songs where John and Paul wouldn’t have done nearly as good a job as good old Ringo

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“Do you neeeeeeed anybody?”

”Could it beeeeee anybody?”

Never, ever get sick of those parts, and NEVER will.

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And Ringo’s octave-leap in the coda! Great stuff. True about his voice/persona being the best vehicle; song was custom-written that way, after all.

(But my favourite Ringo vocal is probably one of the live versions of “Wanna be your man”…)

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The piano slide at 3:14 is a highlight. Great backing track.

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^ Lovely. Simple, Beatley… and slightly out of tune…it has a bit of everything

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Dawww…a little Sean Lennon loving on this song

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Ahhh Girl said
Dawww…a little Sean Lennon loving on this song

  

I love those little Sean clips from the Anthology.

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