Recording "Glass Onion"

Wednesday, September 11, 1968 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the The Beatles (Mono) LP.
Timeline More from year 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master album


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On this day, The Beatles started recording “Glass Onion“. 34 takes of the basic track were recorded, most lasting around 1 minute 50 seconds, with the exception of take 15 which turned into a 6 minutes long jam. In the end, the penultimate take – take 33 – was considered to be the best, and would be overdubbed on the next day.

Take 10 was released on the 2018 reissue of “The Beatles” album.

As George Martin was on holidays for most of September 1968, Chris Thomas produced this session.

Last updated on May 25, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1


2.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2


3.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3


4.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 4


5.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5


6.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6


7.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 7


8.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 8


9.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 9


10.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 10

Album Officially released on The Beatles (2018)


11.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 11


12.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 12


13.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 13


14.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 14


15.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 15


16.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 16


17.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 17


18.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 18


19.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 19


20.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 20


21.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 21


22.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 22


23.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 23


24.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 24


25.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 25


26.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 26


27.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 27


28.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 28


29.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 29


30.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 30


31.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 31


32.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 32


33.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 33


34.

Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 34

Staff

Musicians

Paul McCartney:
bass
Ringo Starr:
drums
John Lennon:
acoustic guitar
George Harrison:
electric guitar

Production staff

Chris Thomas:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer
John Smith:
Second Engineer

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