Mixing "A Day In The Life"

Monday, January 30, 1967 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (50th anniversary boxset) Official album.
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

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The Beatles began recording “A Day In The Life” on January 19 and January 20, 1967.

On this day, between 7 pm and 8:30 pm, a rough mono mix of the track was made for demo purposes. In 1996, a part of this mix was used in Anthology 2 to create a composite of Takes 1, 2 and 6. The full mix was released on the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (50th anniversary boxset)” in 2017.

Takes 1, 2 and take 6 overdub. Assembled expressly for the Anthology, this composite embraces the best of the unreleased outtakes of A Day In The Life, plotting the making of the song that brought such a monumental close to the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. […] After the counting, the track slips into mono to illustrate a guide vocal from Paul, taped on 20 January as an overdub on to Take 6 but then superseded by a better recording of the passage on 3 February. The original survives, however, thanks to a mono mix done in the interim, on 30 January. […]

From the Anthology 2 liner notes

The Beatles didn’t attend this session, nor did they need to. They were instead filming the promotional video for “Strawberry Fields Forever” at Knole Park, Sevenoaks.

Last updated on February 16, 2023

Songs recorded


A Day In The Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 6

Album Officially released on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (50th anniversary boxset)


Production staff

George Martin:
Geoff Emerick:
Richard Lush:
Second engineer

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