- Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Abbey Road LP.
- EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road
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They got annoyed because Maxwell’s Silver Hammer took three days to record. Big deal.Paul McCartney – From The Beatles Anthology
“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.
Last updated on December 25, 2021
Musicians on "Something"
Musicians on "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"
Musicians on "You Never Give Me Your Money"
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