Mixing Abbey Road medley

Thursday, August 14, 1969 • For The Beatles

Part of

Recording "Abbey Road"

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.
Timeline More from year 1969
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master album

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It wasn’t quite ‘The End’, though. At the close of a tape carrying a rough mix of the second side of the album, engineer John Kurlander inserted a brief 20-second ditty which had originally been meant to appear between ‘Mean Mr. Mustard’ and ‘Polythene Pam’, until Paul McCartney decided he wanted it removed. When another engineer, Malcolm Davies, cut an acetate of the side, he assumed ‘Her Majesty’ was meant to be the final track. Paul liked the surprise element of including the song on the album – even though it began with the final chord of ‘Mean Mr Mustard’, while its own final chord was missing, hidden beneath the opening flurry of ‘Polythene Pam’. Just as the chaos of ‘You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)’ brought The Beatles’ singles career to a tongue-in-cheek close, ‘Her Majesty’ prevented anyone from claiming that the group’s lengthy Abbey Road medley was a sign of pomposity.

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