Recording and mixing "Don't Pass Me By", Recording and mixing "Revolution", Mixing "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"

Friday, July 12, 1968 • For The Beatles

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"The Beatles" (aka the White Album) sessions

May 30 - Oct 18, 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.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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Early June, during the first days of the recording sessions for the new album, The Beatles had recorded the first song written by Ringo Starr, “Don’t Pass Me By“. On this day, they returned to it. A violin overdub, played in a country music style, was added to “Don’t Pass Me By” by jazz bassist Jack Fallon.

Jack Fallon was known from the Beatles, as, besides being a jazz player, he was also a booker/promoter, who had booked The Beatles into their first professional gig on March 31, 1962, at the Subscription Rooms.

George Martin had jotted down a 12-bar blues for me. A lot of country fiddle playing is double-stop but Paul and George Martin – they were doing the arranging – suggested I play it single note. So it wasn’t really the country sound they originally wanted. But they seemed pleased. Ringo was around too, keeping an eye on his song.

Jack Fallon – From “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions” by Mark Lewisohn, quoted in beatlesebooks.com

We played it with a country attitude. It was great to get my first song down, one that I had written. It was a very exciting time for me and everyone was really helpful, and recording that crazy violist was a thrilling moment.

Ringo Starr – From The Beatles Anthology Book, 1995

On the mono version of “Don’t Pass Me By“, there is some extraneous fiddle that then fades away with the song. As Jack Fallon remembers:

I thought that they had had enough so I just busked around a bit. When I heard it played back at the end of the session I was hoping they’d scrub that bit out, but they didn’t, so there I am on record, scaping away! I was very surprised they kept it in; it was pretty dreadful.

Jack Fallon – From “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions” by Mark Lewisohn, quoted in beatlesebooks.com

This violin overdub was recorded between 3 pm and 6:40 pm. Paul McCartney then added another bass part and Ringo a piano part. Four mono mixes were made, but wouldn’t be used.

The last overdub would be added during the July 22 session.


Two new mono mixes of “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” were then made. But Paul was still not happy with the result and would re-record his lead vocal on July 15. It was 11 pm and The Beatles took a break.


From 12 pm to 4 am, they worked on “Revolution” and added the final overdubs. Paul recorded another bass part, and John Lennon added a lead guitar part. Four mono mixes were made, but further mixes would be created on July 15.

Last updated on September 7, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Don't Pass Me By

Written by Ringo Starr

Recording • SI onto take 7


2.

Don't Pass Me By

Written by Ringo Starr

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 7


3.

Don't Pass Me By

Written by Ringo Starr

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 2 from take 7


4.

Don't Pass Me By

Written by Ringo Starr

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 3 from take 7


5.

Don't Pass Me By

Written by Ringo Starr

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 4 from take 7


6.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 10 from take 23


7.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 11 from take 23


8.

Revolution

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 16


9.

Revolution

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 10 from take 16


10.

Revolution

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 11 from take 16


11.

Revolution

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 12 from take 16


12.

Revolution

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 13 from take 16

Staff

Musicians on "Don't Pass Me By"

Paul McCartney:
Bass
Ringo Starr:
Piano
Jack Fallon:
Violin

Musicians on "Revolution"

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar
John Lennon:
Electric guitar

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Richard Lush:
Second Engineer

Going further


The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

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!

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