Recording "Because"

Friday, August 1, 1969 • For The Beatles

Part of


Recording "Abbey Road"

Feb 22 - Aug 25, 1969 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Abbey Road

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Abbey Road LP.
Timeline More from year 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master album


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About

On Because, for example, very much a John song, it needed the combined singing of the three men. So obviously it became a joint effort…

That particular track started off with John having the idea, the sort of riff on the guitar, which he played to me, and the basic song which he sang to me. And what we did then, we created a backing with him still playing the guitar, that riff, and I duplicated exactly every note that he played on the guitar, on an electric harpsichord, and Paul played bass.

And there was nothing for Ringo to do, because we’d not got drums in. But in fact there was something for him to do. Because it was so slow, and meticulously, the question of ensemble between the guitar and the harpsichord, each note had to be exactly together. And I’m not the world’s greatest player in time, and I would make more mistakes than John did. So we had Ringo beating a hi-hat all the time, to us in headphones, so we had a regular beat. We didn’t have drum machines in those days. So Ringo was our drum machine, and that was the way we did the track.

George Martin
Interview with Richard Buskin, 3 March 1987

Having done the backing track, John, Paul and George sang the harmony. Then we overlaid it twice more, making nine-part harmony altogether, three voices recorded three times. I was literally telling them what notes to sing.

George Martin
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn

Last updated on October 31, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1

Album Officially released on Abbey Road (50th anniversary boxset)


2.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2


3.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3


4.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 4


5.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5


6.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6


7.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 7


8.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 8


9.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 9


10.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 10


11.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 11


12.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 12


13.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 13


14.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 14


15.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 15


16.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 16


17.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 17


18.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 18


19.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 19


20.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 20


21.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 21


22.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 22


23.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 23


24.

Because

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 16

Staff

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Phil McDonald:
Engineer
John Kurlander:
Second engineer

The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

The definitive guide for every Beatles recording sessions from 1962 to 1970.

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