Mixing "Helter Skelter", recording "I Will"

Tuesday, September 17, 1968 • For The Beatles

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"The Beatles" (aka the White Album) sessions

May 30 - Oct 15, 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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I Will“, which recording started the day before, was completed on this day, with Paul McCartney overdubbing backing vocals, an acoustic guitar track, maracas and a vocal bass line.

The mono mix of “Helter Skelter“, released on “The Beatles (mono)“, was done on this day. This mono mix fades at 3.36, while the stereo mix – which would be made on October 12 – reaches 4:29. This mono mix, in particular, excludes Ringo Starr’s shout “I’ve got blisters on my fingers!

As George Martin was on holidays for most of September 1968, Chris Thomas produced this session.

Last updated on May 27, 2021

Songs recorded


Helter Skelter

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 21


I Will

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 68


Cry Baby Cry

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape copying of take 12 into take 13



Paul McCartney:
maracas, acoustic guitar, vocal bass line, backing vocals

Production staff

Chris Thomas:
Ken Scott:
Mike Sheady:
Second Engineer

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