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Tuesday, July 2, 1968

Recording "Good Night"

For The Beatles

Last updated on August 6, 2021


Master session

Location

  • Recording studio: EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Timeline

Master release

Album

Some of the songs worked on during this session were first released on the "The Beatles (Mono)" LP.

Some of the songs from this session also appear on:

The Beatles continued working on “Good Night” after an initial session held on June 28, by adding lead and backing vocals. They recorded 10 takes on this day, numbered from 6 to 15. Take 10 was released on “The Beatles” 2018 reissue.

After that, Ringo did some try-outs of some spoken introductions to the song – “Come on, it’s time you little toddlers were in bed“, “Come along now, we must go to bed. We’ve had a wonderful day“, “Cover yourself up Charlie, no peeking”… 39 seconds of those try-outs were also released on “The Beatles” 2018 reissue.

At the end of the session, George Martin took away two copies of take 15, to work on an orchestra and choir arrangement. Ultimately, the work done during those this session (and the previous one on June 28) would be scrapped in favour of a remake with only the orchestral arrangement, and without the Beatles’ involvement (aside Ringo’s lead vocals).

The orchestra and choir arrangement would be recorded on July 22.


Session activities

  1. Good Night

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • SI onto take 5

  2. Good Night

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 6

  3. Good Night

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 7

  4. Good Night

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 8

  5. Good Night

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 9

  6. Good Night

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 10

    AlbumOfficially released on The Beatles (50th anniversary boxset)

  7. Good Night

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 11

  8. Good Night

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 12

  9. Good Night

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 13

  10. Good Night

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 14

  11. Good Night

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • Take 15

  12. Try-outs of spoken introduction

    Recording

    AlbumOfficially released on The Beatles (50th anniversary boxset)


Staff

Musicians on "Good Night"

Production staff


Going further

The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

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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!

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The Beatles Recording Reference Manual: Volume 4: The Beatles through Yellow Submarine (1968 - early 1969)

The fourth book of this critically acclaimed series, "The Beatles Recording Reference Manual: Volume 4: The Beatles through Yellow Submarine (1968 - early 1969)" captures The Beatles as they take the lessons of Sgt. Pepper forward with an ambitious double-album that is equally innovative and progressive. From the first take to the final remix, discover the making of the greatest recordings of all time. Through extensive, fully-documented research, these books fill an important gap left by all other Beatles books published to date and provide a unique view into the recordings of the world's most successful pop music act.

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