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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

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 25, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard and Come Together. Then The Beatles record John Lennon's Polythene Pam and Paul McCartney's She Came In Through The Bathroom Window as one continuous piece (39 takes plus overdubs).

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 24, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Paul McCartney records a demo of his song, Come and Get It, which he intends to give to The Iveys. Paul will later produce The Iveys' recording of the song, persuade them to change their name to Badfinger, and arrange for Come and Get It to be selected as the theme song for the movie, "The Magic Christian." Later, The Beatles record Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard (35 takes). The two songs are recorded as one continuous work. The demo of Come and Get It was released on The Beatles Anthology 3 (Disc two, Track 18). Also on The Beatles Anthology 3 is a jam of Ain't She Sweet, recorded during this day's session (Disc two, Track 19).

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 23, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios Three and Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Come Together. Paul McCartney records another lead vocal for Oh! Darling. Recording The End (seven takes), which includes Ringo Starr's only drum solo on a Beatles recording.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 22, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Come Together. And Paul McCartney records yet another lead vocal for Oh! Darling, still looking for a satisfactory performance.

Overdubs were added to two Abbey Road songs during this 2.30-9.30pm recording session.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 21, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios Three and Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording Come Together (8 takes). John Lennon’s stream of consciousness lyrics (part autobiographical, part sexual innuendo) are the song’s highlight. Chillingly, each verse is introduced with Lennon whispering “shoot me.” Engineer, Geoff Emerick, returns to working full-time with The Beatles. He had quit working with them when tensions and tempers ran high during the "White Album" recording sessions. Now Emerick is chief balance engineer at Apple Studios, and when he comes into the Abbey Road studios as a freelance engineer, his old EMI buddies turn a cold shoulder to him. Take 1 of Come Together was released on The Beatles Anthology 3 (Disc two, Track 17).

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 20, 1969

No recording sessions held today.