A Guide to 12 Acoustic Guitar-Based Tracks on The Beatles' 'White Album'
Guitar World takes a look at the acoustic guitar-based songs on the "White Album" -- how they were written and the process they went through to become finished tracks.
"WILD HONEY PIE" Recorded August 20, EMI studios, Abbey Road In a dramatic demonstration of his extreme diversity as a composer and singer, Paul McCartney recorded the manic track "Wild Honey Pie" just hours after completing the delicate "Mother Nature's Son." McCartney, who wrote "Wild Honey Pie" during his stay in India, recorded the song solo, playing acoustic guitar and bass drum and handling all vocal duties as well. Although McCartney had not intended the song for inclusion on a Beatles album, he changed his mind when both his then-girlfriend Jane Asher and Patti Harrison, George's wife, expressed their fondness for the tune. Just 53 seconds long, it's the shortest track on the "White Album" -- and appears to be the only instance of a Beatle playing slide acoustic guitar on one of the group's songs. Interestingly, "Wild Honey Pie" was recorded some six weeks prior to "Honey Pie," the old-timey "White Album" track with which it shares part of its title and little else.
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