- Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the The Beatles (Mono) LP.
- EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road
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This was the third day spent on John Lennon’s “Happiness Is A Warm Gun“. During the past two days, The Beatles brought the number of takes to 70. At the end of the previous night, they decided that they would combine take 53 and take 65 of the rhythm track, to then move forward with overdubs.
The edit of take 53 and take 65 was therefore the first task of the day. Take 53 was used up to 1’34”, then the final section from take 65 continued to the end. The result of the editing was called… take 65.
The overdubs process could then start. From beatlesebooks.com:
Onto track six was recorded John’s lead vocal, complete with his mock-50’s monologue “When I hold you in my arms…” that is reminiscent of bass man Bill Reed on The Diamonds’ 1957 hit “Little Darlin.'” John’s vocal was treated with Automatic Double-Tracking. Paul’s harmonies were included on track six as well. Paul added a second bass part onto track eight. Various overdubs were taped onto track seven, these being John on organ for the opening section of the song, George playing “fuzz guitar” during the “I need a fix” segment, Ringo on tambourine and hi-hat during the “Mother Superior” segment, and Paul on piano during the final verse. Track five contained John, Paul and George’s backing vocals for the song’s final segment, Paul and George taking the high parts and John singing a doo-wop bass part, such as “Dah-duh-duh.”
Mark Lewisohn’s book “The Beatles Recording Sessions” stipulate that a tuba that happened to be in the studio was overdubbed on this day, presumably played by Paul, although its presence is nearly indecipherable in the finished product. […]
The session, which started at 7:30 pm, ended at 5 am for The Beatles. But Chris Thomas (who produced this session as George Martin was on holiday for most of September 1968) and the two engineers stayed in the control room of Studio Two from 5 am to 6:15 am, and made two mono mixes. Acetates of one of those mixes were created for The Beatles to listen to; those were still labeled with the original song title “Happiness Is A Warm Gun In Your Hand“.
The mono mix appearing on the White Album would be made on the following day, September 26.
Last updated on September 19, 2021
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