- Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Abbey Road LP.
- EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road
- EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road
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Perhaps my main memory of the Abbey Road sessions is of Paul coming into studio three at two o’clock or 2.30 each afternoon, on his own, to do the vocal on Oh! Darling. […] Paul came in several days running to do the lead vocal on Oh! Darling. He’d come in, sing it and say ‘No, that’s not it, I’ll try it again tomorrow’. He only tried it once per day, I suppose he wanted to capture a certain rawness which could only be done once before the voice changed. […]Alan Parsons, engineer – From “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions” by Mark Lewisohn
With only two open tracks remaining and three vocal parts to be recorded, in order to accomplish the double-tracked lead vocal for Octopus’s Garden, an undocumented tape reduction with simultaneous superimposition was required.From “The Beatles Recording Reference Manual – Volume 5” by Jerry Hammack
A decision was made to re-record Ringo’s lead vocals. Paul and George Harrison recorded some additional backing vocals, and Ringo added tom-tom beats from his drum kit.
In the end, the eight-track tape contained bass on track one, drums on two, bubbly sound effects and wobbled ‘underwater vocals’ on three, bass notes of a piano and a guitar doubling them on four, tom-tom beats and backing vocals by Paul and George on five; more backing vocals by Paul and George and a lead vocal overdubbed on six, piano and George’s lead guitar on seven, John’s guitar on eight.From “Abbey Road” Super Deluxe edition book (2019) by Kevin Howlett
At 8 pm, the recording of “Octopus’s Garden” was over.
From 8 pm to 10:30 pm, time was spent mixing the track in mono and stereo. The final stereo mix made on the day was the one released on “Abbey Road“.
Last updated on December 26, 2021
The definitive guide for every Beatles recording sessions from 1962 to 1970.
We owe a lot to Mark Lewisohn for the creation of those session pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details - the number of takes for each song, who contributed what, a description of the context and how each session went, various photographies... And an introductory interview with Paul McCartney!
Acclaimed Beatles historian Kenneth Womack offers the most definitive account yet of the writing, recording, mixing, and reception of Abbey Road. In February 1969, the Beatles began working on what became their final album together. Abbey Road introduced a number of new techniques and technologies to the Beatles' sound, and included "Come Together," "Something," and "Here Comes the Sun," which all emerged as classics.
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