Famous songs recorded in one take
T R Oshin
A song is a complete product that requires immense effort from a whole lot of people. The soothing music with perfect synchronization we hear did not happen overnight. Endless hours of rehearsing, practicing, recording and mixing bring us our beloved songs to life. All the instruments are recorded separately and then there are vocals, we all know how our voices start to sound as soon as we start recording. Hours of work goes in to making one song of only five minutes. But this world is full of wonders and many famous songs were actually recorded in just one take.
Twist and Shout by The Beatles
You knew The Beatles were going to be included somewhere in this article, considering the amount of material they have produced over the years you can be quite certain that they have recorded a song in one take. But did you know one of their most famous songs, Twist and Shout from their 1963 album Please Please me was recorded in a single take? John Lennon was suffering from a cold while the album was being recorded and attempted his best to keep his voice under control. Twist and Shout was the last song to be recorded and the band only had 15 minutes. Producer George Martin knew it would be a tough shot for Lennon but he managed to pull it off.
Hail Mary by 2pac
Hail Mary was the last single to be released from 2pac’s final album. Many of the songs on the album were recorded relatively fast but nothing comes close to Hail Mary. The song was written, composed and recorded in one hour. Yes, you read it right. 2pac finished writing the song in fifteen minutes and producer Hurt-M-Badd composed the beat in five. And the recording? 2Pac captured the song in one take.
Lose yourself by Eminem
This song managed to win an Oscar for Best Original Song, first released in 2002 as a part of the soundtrack from 8 Miles. Eminem could not squeeze enough time for the song due to his filming commitments and wrote the songs during his shooting breaks. During recording, Eminem nailed all three verses and managed to record the song in one take, leaving everyone in the studio flabbergasted.
Tahsin Rahman Oshin is a feature writer who has a passion for performing arts and fashion. She is a high school graduate, loves cats and plans to build an animal shelter in future.