Recording and mixing "Octopus's Garden"

Tuesday, April 29, 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 Three, Abbey Road

Master release


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The day started with a four-hour playback of recently recorded titles (from 2.30 pm to 6:30 pm), likely with the “Get Back” LP in mind.


The backing track of Ringo Starr’s composition “Octopus’s Garden“ had been recorded on April 26, 1969. On this day, from 7:30 pm to 1 am, the song received its first overdubs.

Ringo Starr recorded his double-tracked lead vocals, replacing the guide vocals from April 26. Paul McCartney also added a piano overdub.

Four attempts at creating stereo mixes were then made. The song would however receive more overdubs on July 17, 1969.

Last updated on December 28, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Octopus's Garden

Written by Ringo Starr

Recording • SI onto take 32


2.

Octopus's Garden

Written by Ringo Starr

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 32


3.

Octopus's Garden

Written by Ringo Starr

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 2 from take 32


4.

Octopus's Garden

Written by Ringo Starr

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 3 from take 32


5.

Octopus's Garden

Written by Ringo Starr

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 4 from take 32

Staff

Musicians on "Octopus's Garden"

Paul McCartney:
Piano
Ringo Starr:
Lead vocals

Production staff

John Kurlander:
Second Engineer
Chris Thomas:
Producer
Jeff Jarratt:
Engineer

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