The Beatles -- ‘Getting Better’

Getting Better (2.48)

Paul McCartney: Double-tracked lead vocal, bass guitar; John Lennon: Backing vocal, lead guitar; George Harrison: Backing vocal, lead guitar, tambura; Ringo Starr: Drums, conga drum; Piano: George Martin

John was high as a kite during one of these sessions after George remembered him taking some LSD to stay awake. “At that point,” he said, “the session was effectively over.”

“I got scared on the mic,” said John. “I thought I was cracked. Then it dawned on me…” Geoff Emerick remembered John pointing to the ceiling and saying ‘Look at that!’ “George Martin didn’t know what was going on so he took him onto the roof and left him there, thinking that he was feeling a bit feint.”

“The problem was where to take him,” said Martin. “There were the usual five hundred or so kids waiting for us at the front, keeping vigil like guard-dogs, and if we had dared to appear at the entrance there would have been uproar and they would probably have broken the gates down. So I took him …

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