Phil McDonald

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About

From Wikipedia:

Philip McDonald is an English recording studio audio engineer, best known as the engineer for EMI and later for Apple Records during the Beatles’ studio years, along with Geoff Emerick and others. McDonald joined Apple as a senior balance engineer, at the age of 25. Aside from his work on Beatles albums, he was responsible for engineering on recordings by John Lennon, George Harrison, the Shadows, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Roy Harper Rhead Brothers, Roger Daltrey, and Squeeze.

On recording the “McCartney” album:

The job of a balance engineer in the studio was to record on to tape (at that time) the sound the engineer heard in the studio, to the best of his ability. Multi-track recording was different as one could overdub instruments separately, one at a time, eliminating the need for other musicians. The album McCartney was done that way as Paul played all the instruments himself. “Maybe I’m Amazed” and “Every Night” were recorded and mixed in Studio 2, EMI. Paul recorded a lot of tracks at home, some were put on multi-track and overdubs were added. The title “Glasses” was fun as we ended up with a huge amount of glasses all filled with water on a big table in Number 3. All glasses were meticulously filled with water to the desired pitch of the song. It seemed a very personal and warm album to do at the time, and good fun.

Phil McDonald – Engineer – From “McCartney – Archive Collection” book, 2011

Last updated on March 28, 2022

Sessions


"Help!" Session #12

Apr 18, 1965 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Help! (Mono)


"Help!" Session #15

Jun 14, 1965 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Help! (Mono)


"Help!" Session #16

Jun 15, 1965 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Help! (Mono)


"Help!" Session #17

Jun 17, 1965 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Help! (Mono)


"Help!" Session #18

Jun 18, 1965 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Help! (Mono)


"Rubber Soul" Session #1

Oct 12, 1965 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Rubber Soul (UK Mono)


"Revolver" Session #1

Apr 06, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


"Revolver" Session #2

Apr 07, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


"Revolver" Session #3

Apr 08, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


"Revolver" Session #4

Apr 11, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


"Revolver" Session #6

Apr 14, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


"Revolver" Session #7

Apr 16, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


"Revolver" Session #8

Apr 17, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


"Revolver" Session #9

Apr 19, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


"Revolver" Session #10

Apr 20, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)

Albums, EPs & singles which Phil McDonald contributed to


Pantomime: Everywhere It's Christmas

By The Beatles • 7" Single

Contribution: Second engineer • 1 songs


No One's Gonna Change Our World

By Various Artists • Official album

Contribution: Assistant recording engineer • 1 songs


Something / Come Together

By The Beatles • 7" Single

Contribution: Recording engineer • 2 songs


Abbey Road

By The Beatles • LP

Contribution: Recording engineer • 16 songs


Christmas Album

By The Beatles • Official album

Contribution: Second engineer • 1 songs


From Then To You

By The Beatles • Official album

Contribution: Second engineer • 1 songs


Let It Be / You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

By The Beatles • 7" Single

Contribution: Recording engineer • 1 songs


McCartney

By Paul McCartney • LP

Contribution: Mixing engineer, Recording engineer • 12 songs


Let It Be (Limited Edition)

By The Beatles • LP

Contribution: Assistant recording engineer, Recording engineer • 3 songs


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