“I’ve Just Seen A Face”, is a Beatles’ song from their 1965 album “Help!”
Recorded: 14 June, 1965
Studio: EMI Studios, London
Genre: Folk rock, pop rock, country
Track Duration: 2:07
Record Label: Parlophone
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
John Lennon: acoustic rhythm guitar
George Harrison: acoustic lead guitar
Ringo Starr: brushed snare, maracas
I’ve Just Seen A Face
Before he recorded the song, McCartney’s aunt said it was one of her favourites. Because of this, the song had the title of “Auntie Gin’s Theme”. However, McCartney needed a more appropriate title for the song which was leaning towards a country and western style.
“It was slightly country and western from my point of view… it was faster, though, it was a strange uptempo thing. I was quite pleased with it. The lyric works; it keeps dragging you forward, it keeps pulling you to the next line, there’s an insistent quality to it that I liked.”
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles
The 1964 album, “Beatles for Sale” also had songs with a country and western slant. Prior to that, on “A Hard Day’s Night“, the song, “I’ll Cry Instead” also had a country and western leaning. So, it’s clear that the band were expressing a taste for that sort of music.The beauty about a band with four talented artists such as The Beatles means their music could be very diverse.
Of course, one of the unusual things about this Fab Four song is that they don’t make use of a bass guitar.
The Beatles began recording “I’ve Just Seen A Face” on the 14th June, 1965, in Studio Two of the EMI Studios, London during the 2.30pm-5.30pm session. They also recorded “I’m Down” as well as “Yesterday” on the same day.
The band recorded six takes and the last one was suitable for the rhythm track and overdubbing to which they added the maracas with the help of Ringo Starr.
The track was now complete for the UK album, “Help!” Just to point out that because the early releases of albums in the US didn’t sync with those in the UK. As a result, this song became the leading track on the Rubber Soul album there.