Mixing "Oh! Darling", "Because", "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"

Tuesday, August 12, 1969 • For The Beatles

Part of


"Abbey Road" sessions

Feb 22 - Aug 25, 1969 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Abbey Road

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

Master release


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About

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

Songs recorded


1.

Oh! Darling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 5 from take 26


2.

Oh! Darling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 6 from take 26


3.

Oh! Darling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 7 from take 26


4.

Oh! Darling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 8 from take 26


5.

Oh! Darling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 9 from take 26

Album Officially released on Abbey Road


6.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 16


7.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 2 from take 16

Album Officially released on Abbey Road


8.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 27 from take 27


9.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 28 from take 27


10.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 29 from take 27


11.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 30 from take 27


12.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 31 from take 27


13.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 32 from take 27


14.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 33 from take 27


15.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 34 from take 27


16.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 35 from take 27


17.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 36 from take 27

Staff

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Phil McDonald:
Engineer
John Kurlander:
Second Engineer

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