Song facts: Think for Yourself

On November 8th 1965, The Beatles recorded a new George Harrison song Think for Yourself at Abbey Road Studios, for the band's forthcoming Rubber Soul album. The basic track was recorded in a single take, with overdubs added later on; Paul McCartney created the distinctive double bass line using a fuzz box.

 The Beatles' Rubber Soul and George Harrison, 1965. 

The Beatles' Rubber Soul and George Harrison, 1965. 

"Paul used a fuzz box on the bass on Think For Yourself. When Phil Spector was making Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, the engineer who's set up the track overloaded the microphone on the guitar player and it became very distorted. Phil Spector said, 'Leave it like that, it's great'. Some years later everyone started to try to copy that sound and so they invented the fuzz box. We had one and tried the bass through it and it sounded really good." - George Harrison
"Think For Yourself must be written about somebody from the sound of it - but all this time later I don't quite recall who inspired that tune. Probably the government." - George Harrison

Personnel

  • George Harrison – lead vocal, lead guitar
  • John Lennon – harmony vocal, rhythm guitar, Hohner Pianet electric piano
  • Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, bass, fuzz bass
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine, maracas
  • Norman Smith – engineer
 The Beatles' Third Christmas Record, 1965.

The Beatles' Third Christmas Record, 1965.

After the band finished work on George's new song, they recorded their Third Christmas Record for The Beatles' fan club. This was given to George Martin for release the following day, and mainly consisted of the band goofing around, wishing fans a Merry Christmas and singing a few songs.

Share this post