Mixing "Hey Jude", "Revolution"

Friday, December 5, 1969 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Hey Jude LP.
EMI Studios, Room 4, Abbey Road

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The “Hey Jude” album was released in February 1970, in the US only. Allen Klein had negotiated a more lucrative contract for the Beatles with Capitol Records in 1969 which required one compilation album per year. He directed Allan Steckler of ABKCO/Apple to work on one. Steckler chose songs that had not appeared on any Capitol album in the United States and that spanned the group’s career. He also put more focus on recent singles than on earlier material.

In preparation for this release, some songs, which had previously only been mixed in mono, had to be mixed in stereo.

On December 2, stereo mixes for “Lady Madonna” and “Rain” were prepared. On this day, from 2:30 pm to 5:15 pm, time was spent on “Hey Jude” and “Revolution“.

Hey Jude” had been mixed in stereo on August 2, 1968, but it was judged needed to create a new mix. “Revolution” had never been mixed in stereo, and after only one attempt, the stereo mix was created.

Last updated on November 22, 2021

Songs recorded


Hey Jude

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 20 from take 1


Hey Jude

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 21 from take 1

Album Officially released on Hey Jude



Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 16

Album Officially released on Hey Jude


Production staff

George Martin:
Geoff Emerick:
Phil McDonald:
Neil Richmond:
Second engineer

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