Recording and mixing "The Fool On The Hill"

Monday, September 25, 1967 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Magical Mystery Tour (Mono) Official album.
Timeline More from year 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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From Anthology 2 liner notes:

The master of Paul’s The Fool On The Hill was a remake, started on 26 September. Three takes of an alternative arrangement were recorded the previous day, the last being “bounced down” to Take 4 and on to which recorder, drums and Paul’s lead vocal were added. As with the demo, it is clear that Paul had yet to finalise the lyric at this point.

Before beginning “THE FOOL ON THE HILL”, the group decided to do “Your Mother Should Know” again. They didn’t like various things about the first version and thought of ways in which it should be improved. After that “THE FOOL ON THE HILL” got under way on September 25. A decidedly Pauly sort of ballad with him singing and playing piano. Ringo plays the finger cymbals, George and John use harmonicas and Paul double-tracked his playing of the recorder to make it sound like two. The solo guitar passage is (of course) George. The only other instrument heard on “The Fool on the Hill” is a flute played by Paul.

Mal Evans – From the Beatles Monthly Book, N°54, January 1968
From Facebook – 25 September 1967 Photo by Koh Hasebe © Shinko Music Archives
From Facebook – 25 September 1967 Photo by Koh Hasebe © Shinko Music Archives (https://www.musiclifeclub.com/)
From Facebook – 25 September 1967 Photo by Koh Hasebe © Shinko Music Archives

Last updated on September 13, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

The Fool On The Hill

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1


2.

The Fool On The Hill

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2


3.

The Fool On The Hill

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3


4.

The Fool On The Hill

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 3 into take 4


5.

The Fool On The Hill

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 4


6.

The Fool On The Hill

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 4

Album Officially released on Anthology 2

Staff

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer
Richard Lush:
Second Engineer

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