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Episode 1866

I've Just Seen a Face
Tue, 2022-Jun-14 00:27 UTC
Length - 2:52

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The featured article for Tuesday, 14 June 2022 is I've Just Seen a Face.

"I've Just Seen a Face" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released in August 1965 on their album Help!, except in North America, where it appeared as the opening track on the December 1965 release Rubber Soul. Written and sung by Paul McCartney, the song is credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership. The song is a cheerful love ballad, its lyrics discussing a love at first sight while conveying an adrenaline rush the singer experiences that makes him both enthusiastic and inarticulate.

Originally titled "Auntie Gin's Theme", the song began as an uptempo country and western-style piano piece. McCartney then added lyrics that may have been inspired by his relationship with actress Jane Asher. The Beatles completed the track on 14 June 1965 at EMI Studios in London on the same day they recorded "I'm Down" and "Yesterday". The recording fuses country and western with several other musical genres, including folk rock, folk, pop rock and bluegrass. With no bass guitar, it features three acoustic guitars, a brushed snare and maracas.

Several reviewers have described "I've Just Seen a Face" in favourable terms, highlighting its rhyming lyricism and McCartney's vocal delivery, and described it as an overlooked song. Its replacement of "Drive My Car" on the North American version of Rubber Soul furthered the album's identity as a folk rock work, although some commentators view this change as masking the band's late-1965 creative developments. It was among the first Beatles songs McCartney played live with his group Wings, and versions from their 1975–76 world tour appear on the 1976 live album Wings over America and in the 1980 concert film Rockshow. The song has been covered by several bluegrass bands, including the Charles River Valley Boys, the Dillards and the New Grass Revival with Leon Russell. George Martin, Holly Cole and Brandi Carlile are among the other artists who have covered it.

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