Recording "Dear Prudence"

Wednesday, August 28, 1968 • For The Beatles

Part of


"The Beatles" (aka the White Album) sessions

May 30 - Oct 15, 1968 • Songs recorded during this session appear on The Beatles (Mono)

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the The Beatles (Mono) LP.
Timeline More from year 1968
Studio:
Trident Studios, London, UK

Master album


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From Wikipedia:

The Beatles formally recorded [Dear Prudence] at Trident Studios in London from 28 to 30 August. This period was marked by tension and hostility within the group, which had led to Ringo Starr temporarily leaving the band during the recent sessions for McCartney’s song “Back in the U.S.S.R.” On 28 August, the three remaining Beatles completed the basic track for “Dear Prudence”, comprising various guitar parts by Lennon and Harrison, including Lennon’s finger-picked electric rhythm part, and McCartney on drums in place of Starr. Using eight-track recording equipment – which gave them more options than the four-track equipment they usually worked with at EMI Studios – the band were able to perfect and re-record their parts as they developed the song. Everett writes that this freedom “allow[ed] a cleaner additive layering in the increasingly thick vocal and instrumental arrangement”, and that the recording also benefited sonically from Lennon’s new Fender Twin Reverb guitar amplifier and Harrison’s recently acquired Fender Telecaster.

The Beatles had previously worked at Trident, on July 31, 1968, to record “Hey Jude” and take benefit of its eight-track machine. They continued working on “Dear Prudence” at Trident, the day after, on August 29, 1968.

Last updated on May 25, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Dear Prudence

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1

Staff

Musicians

Paul McCartney:
Drums
John Lennon:
Guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Barry Sheffield:
Engineer

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