Recording and mixing "Rocky Raccoon"

Thursday, August 15, 1968 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the The Beatles (Mono) LP.
Timeline More from year 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master album


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From Anthology 3 liner notes:

Paul’s Rocky Raccoon was started and completed in a single eight-hour session – overdubs and all – the master being Take 10. Along the way the Beatles recorded a number of outtakes that underline both the fun nature of the song and the still changing lyric. This version is Take 8, which, while it may have started out as an attempt at recording the master, soon dissolves into levity.

Paul sings this Country & Western one and he’s made the lyrics tell a complete story that starts simply to guitar accompaniment but spreads out later. It’s all about young Rocky from the hills of Dakota and how his girl Lily McGill runs off with a nasty piece of work named Danny. Complete with saloon gunfire! Vocally it’s particularly interesting because Paul’s singing changes all the time according to the mood of the story. Started and finished at a single all-night session.

Mal Evans – From the Beatles Monthly Book, N°64, November 1968

Last updated on May 27, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Rocky Raccoon

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1


2.

Rocky Raccoon

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2


3.

Rocky Raccoon

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3


4.

Rocky Raccoon

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 4


5.

Rocky Raccoon

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5


6.

Rocky Raccoon

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6


7.

Rocky Raccoon

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 7


8.

Rocky Raccoon

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 8


9.

Rocky Raccoon

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 9


10.

Rocky Raccoon

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 9 into take 10


11.

Rocky Raccoon

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 10


12.

Rocky Raccoon

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 10


13.

Yer Blues

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape copying of remix mono 3


14.

Rocky Raccoon

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape copying of remix mono 1

Staff

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer
John Smith:
Second Engineer

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