- Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Abbey Road LP.
- EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road
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In this 7 pm – 2 am session, three tracks from the upcoming “Abbey Road” album were mixed in stereo.
The mixing of “Oh! Darling” required five attempts, the last one considered the best and released on “Abbey Road“.
Curiously, when Paul and George Martin were working out the running order of the “Abbey Road” album on August 20th, 1969, an archive document shows a handwritten “OK voice?” next to the song “Oh! Darling.” This appears to indicate that Paul was still unsure about his vocal contribution to the song. However, it was decided to leave it as it was.From beatlesebooks.com
Only two attempts to mix “Because” were needed, the second deemed the best and released on “Abbey Road“.
I was so enamored of the sonic results of not using compressors or limiters that I even decided to mix the entire track without them. That was a first for any record I’d ever made; in fact, it was quite probably a first for any major pop recording done since the cumbersome devices were introduced in the early fifties. Yet every word, every syllable is crystal clear on the final mix, due to the time and effort we all expended on getting the song recorded right in the first place.Geoff Emerick – From “Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles“, 2006
On August 6, ten attempts at creating a stereo mix of “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” had been made. On this day, ten more attempts were made. But more attempts would be required on August 14 to create the final mix.
Last updated on December 27, 2021
The definitive guide for every Beatles recording sessions from 1962 to 1970.
We owe a lot to Mark Lewisohn for the creation of those session pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details - the number of takes for each song, who contributed what, a description of the context and how each session went, various photographies... And an introductory interview with Paul McCartney!
Acclaimed Beatles historian Kenneth Womack offers the most definitive account yet of the writing, recording, mixing, and reception of Abbey Road. In February 1969, the Beatles began working on what became their final album together. Abbey Road introduced a number of new techniques and technologies to the Beatles' sound, and included "Come Together," "Something," and "Here Comes the Sun," which all emerged as classics.
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