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Beatles 50th Blog posts of '2019' 'June'

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 4, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London), recording vocal overdubs for Because. Also, George Harrison asks George Martin to arrange an orchestral score for Something. The Beatles Anthology 3 has the vocal overdub track, without any instrumentation, for Because (Disc two, Track 20).

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 3, 1969

The Beatles - Inbetween recording sessions

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 2, 1969

Badfinger records Come and Get It at Abbey Road Studios. Paul McCartney produces the session.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 1, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London), recording John Lennon’s song Because, in 23 takes (take 16 being selected as ‘best’), along with the first of three sets of vocals overdubs.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 31, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Additional overdubs bring You Never Give Me Your Money to completion. Then, drums, tympani, and vocals are overdubbed onto Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 30, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios Two and Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Come Together, Polythene Pam / She Came In Through the Bathroom Window, You Never Give Me Your Money, and Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight. Then The Beatles begin to assemble the "medley" that will make up side two of the album. Paul McCartney tells tape operator, John Kurlander, to discard Her Majesty, but Kurlander can't bring himself to do so, tacking it onto the end of the medley tape, about 20 seconds after The End. The next day, when acetate discs are cut from the tape, Her Majesty is included. Hearing it like this, Paul likes it and decides to keep it, including the lengthy silence preceding it.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 29, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording a guitar overdub for Come Together. Then recording overdubs onto Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 28, 1969

Today the Beatles recorded Polythene Pam and She Came In Through The Bathroom Window.

Various instruments were added to the songs and the overdubs included acoustic and electric pianos and guitars, percussion and extra vocals.

Most of these went unused in the final mixes, however. The recordings took place in Studio Three between 2.30pm and 8pm, before a reduction mix was made in the control room of Studio Two. This was completed by 8.30pm, and the new mix was numbered take 40.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 27, 1969

It was a slow day for the Beatles today - at least in recording sessions.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 26, 1969

A break in the recording studio today