The Beatles rare 7 inch single sung in German.
This is an extremely rare German language 7 inch single from 1964. It is sung in German by The Beatles.
The Beatles sing ‘Komm, gib mir deine hand’ and ‘Sie Liebt Dich’ – ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ and ‘She Loves You’.
This recording was made in Paris in 1964 when Brian Epstein and George Martin were persuaded that The Beatles records would not sell in Germany unless they were sung in German. The Beatles were very reluctant but eventually made this unique recording. Camillo Felgen, a singer and lyricist was asked to provide translations of the two songs and also teach The Beatles the phonetic pronunciations.
‘Komm, gib mir deine hand ‘(I Want To Hold Your Hand) was recorded by mixing down four tracks onto two tracks from the original 1963 English version. The Beatles then added the German vocals. It is said that they recorded eleven takes. The best two takes were then chosen and edited together with additional hand-claps. ‘Sie Liebt Dich’ (She Loves You) was then also recorded.
The credits for the songs are usually Lennon and McCartney but on this record the credits also include the producer and translator.
This unique recording is great to listen to, and rather strange to those of us who only know the English recordings. A wonderful piece of Beatles’ history.
The Beatles a rare 7 inch single sung in German, is a 7 inch, 45 rpm record on the Odeon label. It has a distinctive German sleeve with a picture of The Beatles smiling sweetly. This rare vinyl record is in very good condition. The sleeve is slightly crumpled but good.
This German language single is described as a ‘non-album single’ on The Beatles Discography.
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