Vocals, organ, mellotron
George Harrison: Vocals, guitar
Paul McCartney: Vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Ringo Starr: Vocals, drums, maracas
September 8, 28 1967.
and McCartney were admirors of The Beach Boys' critically
acclaimed masterpiece Pet Sounds from 1966. Pet Sounds featured
two instrumental tracks, Let's Go Away For A While plus
the title track. It's possible that this inspired the Beatles
to include an instrumetal track on one of their own albums.
had performed instrumental songs frequently during their
pre-fame concerts, and one of them, Cry For A Shadow, was
even recorded in Germany in 1961.
also recorded an instrumental during the Rubber Soul sessions
in 1965, called 12-Bar Original, but this was bever released.
which originally was entitled Aerial Tour Instrumental,
was the first song in which all four Beatles members were
credited as song writers.
version of the song included tones from a jazzy saxophone
which the Beatles had copied from an undentifiable jazz
record - just like modern day sampling. However, the saxophone
was later edited out of the final mix.
fact is that Pink Floyd were recording their debut album
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn at Abbey Road Studios during
spring 1967, literally next door to the Beatles. Some claim
there are similarities between the organ sounds on Flying
and Pink Floyd's Instellar Overdrive, and also between the
Mellotron on Flying and Chapter 24.