The rare “I Feel Fine” music video

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  1. Whitcomb says:

    That's a pretty risqué video for the mid-60s. You have female nudity through much of the film, phallic imagery and two gay guys looking dreamily at each other near the end.

    I'm a little confused by the commentary, though, that George Martin may have mixed this version of "I Feel Fine" for the U.S. market. I've always been under the impression that Dave Dexter was solely responsible for the Capitol mixes — of which "I Feel Fine" and "She's A Woman" were probably his worst. I actually love a lot of what Dexter did to the Beatles recordings, but he missed the boat with those two songs. You can barely hear the vocals on those tunes in the fake stereo; they're buried in the back of the speakers.

    But was George Martin a co-conspirator?

  2. Leonardo says:

    Some mono mixes made in Abbey Road from june 1964 to october 1964 were done specifically for the american market, as Mark Lewisohn confirms in his book. They were Any Time At All, When I Get Home (released on Something New), I'll Be Back (Beatles 65), She's A Woman and I Feel Fine. These songs has unique mixes done with the US public in mind (or what Norman Smith and George Martin thought US public would like). The last two received a lot of echo in the 'made for the USA' mixes because they found that some Beatles records received this effect by Capitol, so they were probably trying to mix in Capitol way (maybe to avoid that their mixes would be changed). But this practice didn't last too long. Soon after that, they stopped preparing unique mixes for Capitol. OK, there are some unique US mixes that were released after 1964, but this happened only because the UK mixes were upgraded mixes that were done after Capitol release the songs.

  3. Leonardo says:

    Forgot to mention that the US mono mixes of I Feel Fine and She's A Woman were made in Abbey Road, but the terrible fake stereo mixes of these songs were made by Dave Dexter.

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