Paul records “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road” by himself, not involving George or John

Paul records “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road” by himself, not involving George or John
The story of Paul writing, arranging, and performing the song “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road” without informing John or George and including Ringo minorly:By October 9th, 1968, after well over four months in the studio recording the “White Album,” they surely had enough material to fill all four sides of what became their first and only double-album of brand new compositions. As things were winding down in the creation of the album on this day, however, Paul thought to extricate himself from some mixing and minor overdubbing in EMI Studio Two so as to create yet another track to be considered for inclusion on the album. You know, just to make sure they had enough songs. In fact, if you include the two previously recorded tracks they decided to omit at the last minute (George’s “Not Guilty” and John’s “What’s The New Mary Jane”), they definitely did have enough material. But, just in case, Paul had another ace up his sleeve.The Beatles arrived at EMI Studio Two sometime after the usual 7 pm on this day and Paul recorded some minor backing vocals as an overdub for George’s song “Long Long Long.” The other duties of the day included producer Chris Thomas performing a piano overdub for the same song as well as working on creating both the stereo and mono mixes of John’s “The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill.” While John and George were occupied with contributing ideas for these mixes, and since Paul didn’t feel he was needed, he grabbed technical engineer Ken Townsend and brought him in to the vacant EMI Studio One to run the four-track tape machine while he tried his hand at recording “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?”Paul didn’t quite know how to present the song, but he nonetheless ran through five takes of a rhythm track, which consisted of him on acoustic guitar and vocals, each take beginning with Paul thumping out a beat on the sounding board of his guitar. “I want to do one quiet verse, one loud verse, that’s it really,” he explained to Ken Townsend who acted as balance engineer and tape operator. Since no true producer was present, and Paul was in full control of the proceedings, one can easily signify McCartney as the producer on the track.The first four takes consisted of Paul starting out singing softly and then changing to a loud and rough voice later in the song. ‘Take four,’ which was eventually included on the compilation album “Anthology 3,” shows Paul singing four verses: the first soft, the second loud, the third mostly soft but ending loud, the fourth soft, and then starting a fifth verse sung loud before he abandons it. The lyrics during the fourth verse, incidentally, change the fifth line from “No one will be watching us” to “People won’t be watching us.” After he abruptly ends the song, he asks Ken Townsend, “Well, well, well, what do you think of all that; do you think I can do it better?”Apparently Ken thought he could, so Paul did one final take with entirely loud and rough vocals throughout, ending the song after three verses. Paul was then satisfied and, to top things off, recorded a piano overdub onto ‘take five’ before they both went home for the day at 5:30 am the following morning.The following day (that is, later that day), October 10th, 1968, The Beatles once again entered EMI Studio Two around 7 pm for the arduous task of recording the orchestral score for George’s song “Piggies” and John’s song “Glass Onion.” Duties also included creating both the mono and stereo mixes of “Glass Onion” as well as stereo mixes for both “Rocky Raccoon” and “Long Long Long.”Once again, Paul didn’t think his input was needed so he at some point grabbed Ken Townsend as well as Ringo to finish off “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?” This time, however, they went into the vacant EMI Studio Three (maybe because of where Ringo’s drums happened to be located) to layer various overdubs onto the song. With Paul once again calling the shots, Ringo added drums while Paul overdubbed additional vocals, handclaps and a bass guitar. Since all four tracks of the tape were now filled and Paul had one more idea for an overdub, a reduction mix was made which combined tracks one and four, this becoming track one of what was now considered ‘take 6.’ The open track was now filled with Paul on electric guitar, this now completing the song. As the sun was rising at 7:15 am the following morning, both sessions of the day were complete.But how did John and George feel about this song being recorded in their absence? John related in his 1980 Playboy interview the following: “He even recorded it by himself in another room. That’s how it was getting in those days. We came in and he’d made the whole record; him drumming, him playing the piano, him singing. But he couldn’t – he couldn’t – maybe he couldn’t make the break from The Beatles. I don’t know what it was, you know. I enjoyed the track. Still, I can’t speak for George, but I was always hurt when Paul would knock something off without involving us. But that’s just the way it was then.”In response to Yoko’s claim that nobody had hurt John more than Paul did, McCartney strove to set the record straight when interviewed by Hunter Davies in 1981. “There’s only one incident I can think of that John has mentioned publicly. It was when I went off with Ringo and did ‘Why Don’t We Do It In The Road.’ It wasn’t a deliberate thing. John and George were tied up finishing something and me and Ringo were free, just hanging around, so I said to Ringo, ‘Let’s go and do this’…Anyway, he did the same with ‘Revolution 9.’ He went off and made that without me. No one ever says that. ‘John is the nice guy and I’m the bastard.’ It gets repeated all the time.”According to Ringo, jealousy among the other Beatles didn’t usually get blown out of proportion concerning these things. “’The Ballad Of John And Yoko’ only had Paul (of the other Beatles) on it but that was OK,” stated Ringo in the “Anthology” book. “’Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?’ was just Paul and me, and it went out as a Beatle track too. We had no problems with that.”After all was said and done, however, John still made it public that he thought “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?” was “one of his best.” Paul thought so too: “It’s a great track, isn’t it? Good vocal, though I say it myself.”Source
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