Mixing "Lady Madonna", "Rain", "Octopus's Garden"

Tuesday, December 2, 1969 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Hey Jude LP.
EMI Studios, Studio Two, 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 this day, between 2:30 and 5:30 pm, “Lady Madonna” and “Rain” were then mixed in stereo (“Lady Madonna” had been mixed in mono on February 15, 1968; “Rain” on April 16, 1966). More stereo mixes for the “Hey Jude” compilation would be made on December 5, 1969.

During this session, time was also spent working on stereo mixes for “Octopus’s Garden“. Ringo Starr was to appear in a musical sequence for a television special about George Martin, and those mixes were prepared for that purpose.

Last updated on November 22, 2021

Songs recorded


Lady Madonna

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 5

Album Officially released on Hey Jude



Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 7

Album Officially released on Hey Jude


Octopus's Garden

Written by Ringo Starr

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 32


Octopus's Garden

Written by Ringo Starr

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 2 from take 32


Production staff

George Martin:
Geoff Emerick:
Phil McDonald:
Richard Lush:
Second engineer

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