- Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Abbey Road LP.
- EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road
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During the mix, track eight, which contained the straight orchestral overdub, was positioned on one channel of the stereo landscape, while the orchestra with slightly delayed ADT was positioned on the other side, thus creating a lush orchestral backdrop to the released recording.From beatlesebooks.com
Two attempts at creating the stereo mix were needed. The second mix was deemed the best and was released on “Abbey Road“.
“The End” then received its final overdub. Paul McCartney recorded the four-second piano overdub, that appears prior to the line “And In The End The Love You Take Is Equal To The Love You Make” in the final section of the track.
The Beatles were a challenge because they always wanted to add more. We actually filled up the 8-track; there was no room when we wanted to add the big sweeping strings on the last few bars of ‘The End’. So we recorded it ‘wild’ on a separate 4-track with the 8-track playing. Then I had to press the button at exactly the right time to play that ‘wild’ recording onto the mix.Assistant engineer Alan Parsons, Uncut Magazine, October 2019
Six attempts at creating a stereo mix were done, but more attempts would follow the next day.
The session, which started at 2:30 pm, ended at 10:30 pm.
Last updated on December 31, 2021
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