The Beatles -- ‘Theres A Place’

There’s A Place (1.53)

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

Recording at EMI StudiosRecording at EMI Studios – 11 Feb ’63Photo: Dezo Hoffmann

This was the first song that they recorded at their marathon ‘Please Please Me’ session. They did ten takes in the morning, and another three in the afternoon. John was suffering from a cold at the time, so that’s why his vocals are all bunged-up.

The lyric contains one of the first pieces of ‘self-analysis’ in a pop song, beating Bob Dylan by over a year. This title is usually awarded to The Beach Boys’ ‘In My Room’, but John’s song beat them by a full five months.

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