“I Will” is a song by the Beatles that was released on The Beatles. It was written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and features him on lead vocal, guitar, and “vocal bass”.
“I Will” was one of the songs worked on by the Beatles and their associates while in Rishikesh, India. Although the music came together fairly easily, the words were worked on in India, and remained unfinished even as recording began back in London.
This quiet song required 67 takes, and George Harrison did not play (during The Beatles sessions, the Beatles often recorded in separate studios). However, the reason for Harrison’s absence from the session has never been clarified.
During take 19 of “I Will”, McCartney ad-libbed an untitled and uncopyrighted song (referred to as “Can you take me back?” by author Ian MacDonald), a 28-second segment of which ended up on side 4 of the album The Beatles as what MacDonald described as “a sinister introduction to “Revolution 9″”. Also ad-libbed by McCartney was “Los Paranoias”, released, together with take 1 of “I Will”, in 1996 on Anthology 3.
The picture shown above features Apple Records’ 45 rpm record. It was manufactured by Dyna Products Inc (today’s Dyna Music Entertainment Corporation) of the Philippines, 1968.