The Beatles -- ‘Cant Buy Me Love’

Can’t Buy Me Love (2.15)

Paul McCartney: Double-tracked lead vocal, bass guitar; John Lennon: Acoustic guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

Paul wrote during the Beatles’ 1964 French tour. He might have been inspired by ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’, which closed their ‘With The Beatles’ LP, or he might have been inspired by their first real taste of luxury – he spent the whole tour cooped-up in the George V, one of Paris’ most exclusive hotels.

They song was originally recorded at the Pathe Marconi Studios – the only time that they recorded outside of London in their whole career. They originally had it starting with the verse, until George Martin pointed out that it sounded better starting with the chorus. “We’ve got to have an introduction,” he said, “something that catches the ear immediately, a hook. So let’s start off with the chorus.”

Some dozy Americans tried to make out that it was about …

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Take 2 Can’t Buy Me Love (2.10)

Take 2 is an amazingly good version that can be found on ‘Anthology 1’. It contains some backing vocals that were sadly scrubbed from the master. I personally think that it’s better than the original.

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Radio recording Can’t Buy Me Love (2.06)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar; John Lennon: Rhythm guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

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Live version Can’t Buy Me Love (2.16)

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