- Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the The Beatles (Mono) LP.
- EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road
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On this day, The Beatles continued working on John Lennon’s “Happiness Is A Warm Gun“. They had recorded 45 takes of it on the previous day, and recorded another 25 (numbered from 46 to 70) during this 7 pm to 2 am session. As George Martin was on holidays for most of September 1968, Chris Thomas produced this session.
They played the same instruments as on the previous session. Paul McCartney was on bass, Ringo Starr on drums, George Harrison on lead guitar and John Lennon played guitar and sang a guide vocal.
As explained in “The Beatles” Super Deluxe edition book (2018):
John was worried about his picking finger: ‘Now I’m playing on a blister. When it bursts, I won’t be able to play anymore,’ he warned after take 65. ‘Please God, may my blister last so I may pick abundance with,’ he prays after take 67. In the end, it was decided to opt for the pragmatic solution of editing two four-track tapes together to create a performance that pleased everyone. Take 53 was used up to 1’34”, then the final section from take 65 continued to the end.
The editing of takes 53 and 65 was done on the following day.
Last updated on August 25, 2021
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