- Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Magical Mystery Tour (US LP - Mono) LP.
- EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road
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In April of 1967, Paul McCartney spent two weeks vacationing in the United States before boarding a flight back to London on April 12. During the flight, he borrowed a notepad from a stewardess and defined a rough plan for a Beatles television film. Later, on April 25, the Beatles recorded the basic track of the theme song for their upcoming project “Magical Mystery Tour,” although the writing of the song was still unfinished. On April 26, they added various overdubs to the song.
The Beatles continued working on “Magical Mystery Tour” from 7 pm to 12:45 am that day, focusing on vocals added onto Take 9. Paul recorded his lead vocals, while John Lennon and George Harrison contributed additional backing vocals. To achieve a higher pitch on playback, they recorded the backing vocals at a slower than normal speed with frequency control.
All that ‘Roll up, roll up for the Magical Mystery Tour’ bit was taped very slow so that it played back very fast. They really wanted those voices to sound different.Richard Lush – From “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions” by Mark Lewisohn, 1988
Four mono mixes (labelled Remix Mono 1 to 4) were then made for demo purposes and cut onto acetates, presumably for George Martin to write a score for trumpets, in anticipation of the May 3 session. Those mixes treated Paul’s vocals with artificial double tracking.
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