Mixing "Everybody's Got Something...", "Helter Skelter", "Mother Nature's Son", "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", "Long, Long, Long"

Saturday, October 12, 1968 • For The Beatles

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"The Beatles" (aka the White Album) sessions

May 30 - Oct 18, 1968 • Songs recorded during this session appear on The Beatles (Mono)

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

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This day was devoted to the creation of mono and stereo mixes, for five songs to appear on the White Album.


The recording of “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey” had been completed on July 23, and five attempts at a mono mix were then done. On this day, the mono and stereo mixes released on the White Album were made. The only notable difference between the stereo and mono mixes is the “come on” screaming in the last verse is somewhat different.


The recording of “Helter Skelter” was completed on September 10 and the mono mix was made on September 17. On this day, the stereo mix released on the White Album was made. From beatlesebooks.com:

Five attempts were made at creating this difficult mix, the fifth try, no doubt, being the one used on the released album. The backing vocals were pushed more in the background, Paul’s lead guitar in the instrumental break was brought up higher in the mix, and the chatter and extraneous sounds during the break at the three minute mark was left in this time around. And, most notably, a decision was made to fade the song back up for the listener to hear its full conclusion as well as Ringo’s “blisters” cry.

The mono mix fades at 3.36, while the stereo mix reaches 4:29. The mono mix excludes Ringo Starr’s shout “I’ve got blisters on my fingers!“.


The recording of “Mother Nature’s Son” had been completed on August 20, and eight attempts at a mono mix were then done. On this day, the mono and stereo mixes released on the White Album were made.


The recording and mixing process for “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” had been laborious. The recording started in early July, three remakes were done. At the end of the recording process, on July 15, ten mono mixes had been made but judged unsatisfactory. On this day, one more attempt at creating the mono mix was done, and the result was released on the White Album. Four stereo mixes were also made on this day, including the one released on the stereo version of the album.


The first attempt at a mono mix of “Long, Long, Long” was done on this day, but this mix was deemed not good enough. A proper mono mix would be on October 14.

Last updated on September 11, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 12

Album Officially released on The Beatles (Stereo)


2.

Helter Skelter

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 21


3.

Helter Skelter

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 2 from take 21


4.

Helter Skelter

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 3 from take 21


5.

Helter Skelter

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 4 from take 21


6.

Helter Skelter

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 5 from take 21

Album Officially released on The Beatles (Stereo)


7.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 26


8.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 2 from take 26

Album Officially released on The Beatles (Stereo)


9.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 23


10.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 2 from take 23


11.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 3 from take 23


12.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 4 from take 23

Album Officially released on The Beatles (Stereo)


13.

Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 12


14.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 26


15.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 2 from take 26

Album Officially released on The Beatles (Mono)


16.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 10 from take 23

Album Officially released on The Beatles (Mono)


17.

Long, Long, Long

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 67

Staff

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer
John Smith:
Second Engineer

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