Recording "Blue Jay Way"

Thursday, September 7, 1967 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Magical Mystery Tour (US LP - Mono) LP.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Songs recorded


1.

Blue Jay Way

Written by George Harrison

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 1 into take 2


2.

Blue Jay Way

Written by George Harrison

Recording • SI onto take 2


3.

Blue Jay Way

Written by George Harrison

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 2 into take 3


4.

Blue Jay Way

Written by George Harrison

Recording • SI onto take 3

Staff

Musicians on "Blue Jay Way"

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals
John Lennon:
Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead vocals

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Second Engineer
Peter Vince:
Engineer

About

The previous day, on September 6, 1967, The Beatles recorded the basic track of “Blue Jay Way,” George Harrison’s contribution to the “Magical Mystery Tour” soundtrack, in one take. On this day, from 7 pm to 3:15 am, the band worked on overdubs to enhance the track.

Their first task was to create a reduction mix (numbered Take 2), which freed up two tracks on the four-track tape and allowed for more overdubs to be added. George then double-tracked his lead vocals on tracks three and four, which were put through a Hammond organ’s Leslie speaker to create a swirling effect. A second reduction mix (numbered Take 3) was then made to further reduce the number of tracks from four to two.

Next, George, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney added some backing vocals onto track three, which were also run through a Leslie speaker. Track four was left empty for the time being.

The track was completed a month later, on October 6, 1967.

Last updated on April 12, 2023

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