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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 23, 1967

Paul McCartney - Sexiest Man Alive!

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 22, 1967

The Beatles were in-between recording.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 21, 1967

November 21, 1967 - Press photo of Lulu locking arms with Beatles wives Pattie and Cynthia at the premiere of  Norman Bogner’s new play, The Waiters, at the Palace Theatre. By Ray Roberts.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 20, 1967

The Beatles were in in-between recording

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 19, 1967

The Beatles are in-between recording

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 18, 1967

The Beatles are in-between recording

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 17, 1967

Mixing, editing: I Am The Walrus

Room 53, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

On this, the day that stereo copies of the Magical Mystery Tour EP were cut in Britain, a last-minute stereo mix of the first half of I Am The Walrus was made.

The session took place from 10am to 1.15pm. The mix, numbered 25, was of the song up until the 2'03" mark, and accidentally included a six-beat introduction rather than four.

An edit of the new mix was then made, combining the new stereo mix 25 and the previous mix 7, of the second half of the song. This was edited into the master reel ahead of the EP pressing, and subsequently became the standard stereo version.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 16, 1967

The Beatles are in between recording

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 15, 1967

15 November 1967: Mixing: Hello, Goodbye

Studio Two (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

On 10 November 1967, The Beatles had made a promotional film for the single Hello, Goodbye. Since no viola players featured in the clip, they risked contravening a Musicians' Union ban on miming, since it would make it obvious that the music was not all live.

In order to escape censure, a new mono mix was made on this day. It omitted the viola parts, and was subsequently dubbed onto the BBC's copy of the film. However, it was a wasted effort as The Beatles' own performance made it clear that they were miming, and the film was not shown in the UK.

The BBC had planned to show the promo on Top Of The Pops on 23 November 1967, but this was cancelled on the 20th. The official reason was that "a minor portion of the film contravened the Musicians' Union regulations concerning miming on television".

On 21 November, BBC cameramen attended an edition session for the Magical Mystery Tour film, to gather replacement footage, but the 23 November edition of Top Of The Pops instead ran footage from the 1964 film A Hard Day's Night. A combination of footage from the edit suite and still photographs was eventually shown on the 7 December 1967 edition of the show.

Also during this brief session, which ran from 10.30-11am, copies were made of the final mono mixes of It's All Too Much, All Together Now and Only A Northern Song, for the producers of the Yellow Submarine animated film.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 14, 1967

The Beatles enjoying this week long break from recording.