Released on 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, She’s Leaving Home is definitely one of the stand out tracks from that period and a track where none of the Beatles actually play any instruments. Instead, the song’s musical foundations are a string section which Paul (backed by John) sing over and the result is simply breathtaking.
The isolated tracks really open up the song and allows you hear things you may not have heard when listening to the studio songs. The vocals for examples contain breathing and studio noises and the strings allow you to listen to the song as Paul would have heard it whilst laying down his vocals. What’s also exciting is that you can hear where Paul double tracked his vocals and the magic only grows when John joins in with the backing vocals.
Take a listen for yourself:
The strings arguably form one of the most beautiful pieces of music in the Beatles entire recording history. Paul originally intended for George Martin to arrange the string parts but the job ultimately fell to Mike Leander as Martin was not available, although he did produce the song. Take a listen to the isolated strings here, but prepare to be blown away:
Out of all the isolated tracks I have covered on my website so far, this one is by far the most magical to listen to and really show the genius behind the Beatles. There was no-one like them and there hasn’t been anyone like them since.