Mixing the "Abbey Road" medley

Thursday, August 14, 1969 • For The Beatles

Part of


"Abbey Road" sessions

Feb 22 - Aug 25, 1969 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Abbey Road

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Abbey Road LP.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master release


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About

A first attempt at mixing the “Abbey Road” medley (named “The Long One” or “Huge Melody” at this stage) had been done on July 30, 1969. Since this date, all songs composing the medley had received various overdubs. On this day, in a twelve hours session (from 2:30 pm to 2:30 am), those songs were mixed, edited and crossfaded.


The first task of the day was to create stereo mixes for “Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard” (two songs recorded as one track). Five attempts were made (numbered 20 – 24), remix 22 being deemed the best.


Time was then spent mixing “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (which is not part of the medley). An edit piece from Take 27 was mixed (named remix 37) and incorporated into remix 34 (done on August 12).

Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” was now completed. However, an edit done on August 25 would cut the instrumental introduction of the song.


Thirteen mixes of “Polythene Pam / She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” (again, two songs recorded as one track) were then made, numbered from 20 to 32, remix 32 considered the best.


The crossfade of “You Never Give Me Your Money” into “Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard” was attempted eleven times on this day, using the tape loops assembled by Paul McCartney on August 5. It would be perfected on August 21.


Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard” were then joined to “Polythene Pam / She Came In Through The Bathroom Window“, “by means of a hard edit, without the merest hint of a gap between the two“, as stated by Mark Lewisohn in “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions“.

Last updated on December 27, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Sun King

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 20 from take 35


2.

Sun King

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 21 from take 35


3.

Sun King

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 22 from take 35


4.

Sun King

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 23 from take 35


5.

Sun King

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 24 from take 35


6.

Mean Mr. Mustard

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 20 from take 35


7.

Mean Mr. Mustard

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 21 from take 35


8.

Mean Mr. Mustard

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 22 from take 35


9.

Mean Mr. Mustard

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 23 from take 35


10.

Mean Mr. Mustard

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 24 from take 35


11.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Edit piece remix 37, from take 27


12.

Polythene Pam

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Stereo mixing - Remix 20 from take 40


13.

Polythene Pam

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Stereo mixing - Remix 21 from take 40


14.

Polythene Pam

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Stereo mixing - Remix 22 from take 40


15.

Polythene Pam

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Stereo mixing - Remix 23 from take 40


16.

Polythene Pam

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Stereo mixing - Remix 24 from take 40


17.

Polythene Pam

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Stereo mixing - Remix 25 from take 40


18.

Polythene Pam

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Stereo mixing - Remix 26 from take 40


19.

Polythene Pam

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Stereo mixing - Remix 27 from take 40


20.

Polythene Pam

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Stereo mixing - Remix 28 from take 40


21.

Polythene Pam

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Stereo mixing - Remix 29 from take 40


22.

Polythene Pam

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Stereo mixing - Remix 30 from take 40


23.

Polythene Pam

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Stereo mixing - Remix 31 from take 40


24.

Polythene Pam

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Stereo mixing - Remix 32 from take 40


25.

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 20 from take 40


26.

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 21 from take 40


27.

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 22 from take 40


28.

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 23 from take 40


29.

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 24 from take 40


30.

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 25 from take 40


31.

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 26 from take 40


32.

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 27 from take 40


33.

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 28 from take 40


34.

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 29 from take 40


35.

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 30 from take 40


36.

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 31 from take 40


37.

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 32 from take 40


38.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo crossfade of "You Never Give Me Your Money" into "Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard" (Remixes 1-11, from sound effects take 5 of "You Never Give Me Your Money")


39.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Editing • Editing of stereo remixes 34 and 37


40.

Sun King

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Editing • Editing of "Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard" (remix stereo 22) and "Polythene Pam / She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" (remix stereo 32)

Staff

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Phil McDonald:
Engineer
Alan Parsons:
Second engineer

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