Recording and mixing "Flying"

Friday, September 8, 1967 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Magical Mystery Tour (Mono) Official album.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

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Next on the agenda came the instrumental, “FLYING”, which was started on September 8. John plays the main tune on his Highly Intelligent Trained Mellotron and Paul and George play an assortment of guitars. The whole group got together to do the chanting bit later on in the arrangement and at the end electronic sounds take over. John and Ringo built up these sounds in the studio and you hear some of their recorded tape loops played backwards.

Mal Evans – From the Beatles Monthly Book, N°54, January 1968

Last updated on September 13, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Flying

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

Recording • Take 1


2.

Flying

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

Recording • Take 2


3.

Flying

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

Recording • Take 3


4.

Flying

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

Recording • Take 4


5.

Flying

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

Recording • Take 5


6.

Flying

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

Recording • Take 6


7.

Flying

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 6 into take 7


8.

Flying

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 6 into take 8


9.

Flying

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

Recording • SI onto take 8


10.

Flying

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 8


11.

Flying

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 2 from take 8


12.

Flying

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 3 from take 8


13.

Flying

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 4 from take 8

Staff

Production staff

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

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