Recording "Happiness Is A Warm Gun"

Tuesday, September 24, 1968 • For The Beatles

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"The Beatles" (aka the White Album) sessions

May 30 - Oct 18, 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.
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Studio:
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

Songs recorded


1.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 46


2.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 47


3.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 48


4.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 49


5.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 50


6.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 51


7.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 52


8.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 53


9.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 54


10.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 55


11.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 56


12.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 57


13.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 58


14.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 59


15.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 60


16.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 61


17.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 62


18.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 63


19.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 64


20.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 65


21.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 66


22.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 67


23.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 68


24.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 69


25.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 70

Staff

Musicians on Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Paul McCartney:
bass
Ringo Starr:
drums
John Lennon:
guide vocal, guitar
George Harrison:
lead guitar

Production staff

Chris Thomas:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer
Mike Sheady:
Second Engineer

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