Recording and mixing "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", "Something", "You Never Give Me Your Money"

Friday, July 11, 1969 • For The Beatles

Part of


"Abbey Road" sessions

Feb 22 - Aug 25, 1969 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Abbey Road

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Abbey Road LP.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master release


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During this 2:30 pm – midnight session, overdubs were added to “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer“, “Something” and “You Never Give Me Your Money“.


Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” had been worked on during the past two days. On this third day, Paul McCartney recorded additional vocals and George Harrison added an extra lead guitar.

They got annoyed because Maxwell’s Silver Hammer took three days to record. Big deal.

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Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” would receive one last overdub on August 6.


Something” had been started in May 1969. On this day, overdubs were added onto take 36. George recorded his first lead vocals and Paul added backing vocals. According to Kevin Howlett in the “Abbey Road” Super Deluxe edition book (2019), Billy Preston was also in the studio recording an organ part.

Four stereo mixes were then made, as well as a tape reduction to allow for more overdubs. At this stage, the track was cut from 7’48” to 5’32”, shortening the instrumental coda from 4’48” to 2’32” (the instrumental coda would later be entirely removed).

Work on “Something” would continue on July 16.


You Never Give Me Your Money” had last been worked on, on July 1. On this day, Paul added a bass guitar overdub onto track seven of take 30. Work on the track would continue on July 15.

Last updated on December 25, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 21


2.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • SI onto take 36


3.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 36


4.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 2 from take 36


5.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 3 from take 36


6.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 4 from take 36


7.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 36 into take 37


8.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 30

Staff

Musicians on "Something"

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Lead vocals
Billy Preston:
Organ

Musicians on "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"

Paul McCartney:
Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar

Musicians on "You Never Give Me Your Money"

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Phil McDonald:
Engineer
John Kurlander:
Second Engineer

Going further


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