Recording and mixing "Honey Pie"

Tuesday, October 1, 1968 • For The Beatles

Part of


"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:
Trident Studios, London, UK

Master release


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For this new week of recording for the White Album, The Beatles were back at Trident Studios. They had spent some time there, from August 31 to August 6, to record “Hey Jude” and benefit from the eight-track recording facilities of the studios, something that was not yet available at the EMI Studios, Abbey Road. But by October, eight-track recording was available at EMI Studios. Mark Lewisohn suggests they only needed “a change of scenery“.

On this day, The Beatles started working on Paul McCartney’s “Honey Pie“. By the end of they day, the basic track was recorded with Paul McCartney on piano, George Harrison on bass, John Lennon on electric guitar and Ringo Starr on drums. It was called Take 1, even if two reels of tape were filled with rehearsals for the song.

George Martin (with assistance from engineer Barry Sheffield) then made a rough mono mix for himself, so that he could write the brass and woodwind arrangement.

Work on “Honey Pie” continued the day after.

From The Beatles Recording – Posts | Facebook – Photo by Linda McCartney / Linda Enterprises Ltd. © Paul McCartney
From The Beatles Recording – Posts | Facebook – Photo by Linda McCartney / Linda Enterprises Ltd. © Paul McCartney
From The Beatles Recording – Posts | Facebook – Photo by Linda McCartney / Linda Enterprises Ltd. © Paul McCartney
From The Beatles Recording – Posts | Facebook – Photo by Linda McCartney / Linda Enterprises Ltd. © Paul McCartney

Last updated on August 27, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Honey Pie

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1


2.

Honey Pie

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - rough remix from take 1

Staff

Musicians on "Honey Pie"

Paul McCartney:
Piano
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Electric guitar
George Harrison:
Bass

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Barry Sheffield:
Engineer

Going further


The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

The definitive guide for every Beatles recording sessions from 1962 to 1970.

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