The Paul McCartney Project

Recording "Come Together"

Jul 21, 1969 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Abbey Road Official album.
Timeline See what happened in July 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

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Songs recorded


1.

Come Together

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1


2.

Come Together

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2


3.

Come Together

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3


4.

Come Together

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 4


5.

Come Together

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5


6.

Come Together

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6


7.

Come Together

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 7


8.

Come Together

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 8


9.

Come Together

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape copying of take 6, called take 9

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!

Staff

Production staff

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

About

From Anthology 3 liner notes:

The basic track of John Lennon’s Come Together – the song that opened Abbey Road – was recorded in a single session, the “best” version, Take 8, being bounced down into Take 9 which then received overdubs over the next few days and became the master. Typically, John delivered a committed live vocal with every take, and this Anthology selection, previously unreleased, is Take 1. Not playing an instrument, John clapped his hands while singing, adding tambourine late in the piece, with the other Beatles contributing what for the first take is a notably cohesive bass, guitar and drums backing to fill out this four-track recording. The absence of the echo that, at John’s request, would smother the master version lends a stark clarity to the lyrics, which altered slightly when the definitive vocal was overdubbed.

Last updated on May 25, 2017


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