- Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the The Ballad Of John And Yoko / Old Brown Shoe (UK - 1969) 7" Single.
- EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road
- EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road
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On this day, George Harrison’s “Old Brown Shoe” was completed. The basic track and overdubs had been recorded two days earlier on April 16, but George felt the song could be improved by adding a Hammon organ overdub. In “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions“, Mark Lewisohn remarks that, in the process, John Lennon’s rhythm guitar track was wiped out.
George also added a guitar solo during the instrumental verse of the song, played through a Leslie speaker using ADT (Artificial Double Tracking).
The session had started at 2:30 pm and the recording activities were completed by 10:30 pm.
Nineteen stereo mixes were then attempted. The final one, remix 23, was chosen as the master, and would be released as the B-side of the recently recorded “The Ballad Of John And Yoko“.
The recording of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” had begun on February 22, 1969. At around 1 am, George and John Lennon (the two Beatles present at this session) returned to this song and added some guitar overdubs.
John and George went into the far left-hand corner of number two to overdub those guitar. They wanted a massive sound so they kept tracking and tracking, over and over.Jeff Jarratt, engineer – From “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions” by Mark Lewisohn
The session ended with some rough stereo mixing of the track. Work on “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” would continue on April 20, 1969.
Last updated on December 28, 2021
Written by George Harrison
Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 23 from take 4
Album Officially released on The Ballad Of John And Yoko / Old Brown Shoe (UK - 1969)
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