Baby's in Black
Baby's in Black is the third of the Lennon trilogy on lost love -- the first three tracks on the Beatles' fourth album, Beatles for Sale. Lennon set the tone and lyrical premise of the song, while McCartney collaborated on the harmonies and arrangement. It was finished while the group was touring New Zealand and Australia during the southern hemisphere's winter of 1964. Baby's in Black is noteworthy because of its grim mood, uncharacteristic for the Beatles in their early period, and for the complicated guitar solo, probably written by McCartney and executed by Harrison. Several of the takes in the recording session reveal that Harrison found the solo hard to reproduce perfectly.
August 11, 1964 in 14 takes.