Posts filed under ‘British Invasion’


Misery” was released on the Beatles UK album Please Please Me and in the USA on Introducing the Beatles. It was co-written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

My instrumental version slows the tempo and moves the meter to 12/8 for more of a late 50’s “Sleepwalk” feel.

August 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

I’ll Get You

I’ll Get You” was written by Lennon–McCartney and released by the Beatles as the B-side of their 1963 single “She Loves You”. It was released in August 1963 in the United Kingdom and one month later in the United States. It was released on the Swan Records label in the United States — the only Beatles releases on that label. The British release was on Parlophone.

My instrumental arrangement tracks the original fairly closely except for the whole-step-up modulation for the last verse. It is also shorter.

August 22, 2017 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

Not a Second Time

Not a Second Time” was written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and included on their second British album, With the Beatles. 

My instrumental version is not directly taken from the original, but is similar in feel.

August 20, 2017 at 7:39 pm Leave a comment

Hold Me Tight

Hold Me Tight“was composed principally by Paul McCartney in 1961, and was part of the Beatles’ stage act until 1963. It was first recorded during the Please Please Me album session, but not selected for inclusion on that release.  It was re-recorded and released on their UK second album, With the Beatles. In the USA, it was released on their first Capitol Album, Meet the Beatles.

My instrumental arrangement tracks the original in feel.

August 19, 2017 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

Don’t Bother Me

Don’t Bother Me” is the first song written by George Harrison to appear on a Beatles album, debuting on With the Beatles in the United Kingdom in 1963, and on Meet the Beatles! album in the United States in 1964.  The Beatles never performed it live or at any of their BBC sessions, but it did appear in the film A Hard Day’s Night during a scene where the Beatles dance at a nightclub.

My instrumental arrangement is based o the feel of the original.

August 17, 2017 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

All I’ve Got to Do

All I’ve Got to Do” was written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and performed by the Beatles on their second British album, With the BeatlesIn the United States, it originally appeared on Meet the Beatles! — their first Capitol records album. It was never released as a single nor was it ever included in a live set.

My instrumental arrangement tracks the original in form and feel.

August 16, 2017 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

It Won’t Be Long

It Won’t Be Long” is the opening track on With the Beatles, the Beatles’ second UK album. Although credited to Lennon–McCartney, it was primarily a John Lennon composition, with Paul McCartney assisting with the lyrics and arrangement. In the US, “It Won’t Be Long” first appeared on Meet the Beatles!, released in January, 1964.

My instrumental arrangement follows the original, but is slower. This actually makes it it easier to hear the numerous rather unconventional — and very imaginative — aspects of the song.

August 15, 2017 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

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