Recording and mixing "Old Brown Shoe", "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"

Friday, April 18, 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 The Ballad Of John And Yoko / Old Brown Shoe (UK - 1969) 7" Single.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Master release


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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

Songs recorded


1.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Recording • SI onto take 4


2.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 5 from take 4


3.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 6 from take 4


4.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 7 from take 4


5.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 8 from take 4


6.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 9 from take 4


7.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 10 from take 4


8.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 11 from take 4


9.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 12 from take 4


10.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 13 from take 4


11.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 14 from take 4


12.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 15 from take 4


13.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 16 from take 4


14.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 17 from take 4


15.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 18 from take 4


16.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 19 from take 4


17.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 20 from take 4


18.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 21 from take 4


19.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 22 from take 4


20.

Old Brown Shoe

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)


21.

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto unnumbered Trident master


22.

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Tape reduction of unnumbered Trident master, called take 1


23.

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 1


24.

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Unnumbered rough remix from take 1

Staff

Musicians on "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"

John Lennon:
Guitar
George Harrison:
Guitar

Musicians on "Old Brown Shoe"

George Harrison:
Guitar, Organ

Production staff

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

Going further


The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

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!

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