- Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Abbey Road LP.
- EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road
- EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road
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From 2:30 pm to 7 pm in Studio Three, George, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr added handclaps (on track eight). George also recorded a harmonium track (on track five), which would later be erased.
From 7 pm to 12:30 am, The Beatles moved to Studio Two, to work on “Something” and add overdubs onto take 36 (discarding the tape reduction named take 37 done on July 11).
George re-recorded his lead vocals, replacing the ones recorded on July 11.
George was once again very nervous when it came time to do the vocal. No matter what we did to create a vibe – turning the lights down low, lighting incense – he just couldn’t get comfortable. It was a difficult song to sing, but in the end he did a magnificent job…It was interesting: George never seemed to get cold feet doing backing vocals, but whenever he had to do a lead vocal, he’d lose his confidence.Geoff Emerick (who didn’t engineer this session, but seems to have been present) – From “Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles“, 2006
Paul then added backing vocals; and Ringo some additional cymbals and handclaps onto track four, erasing John Lennon’s piano performance from the original rhythm track.
Lewisohn noted that Harrison, McCartney and Starr added handclaps to Something during this session, but audio evidence supports the addition of both drums (cymbals only) and handclaps to the track. As the parts do not overlap, it is likely that Starr performed both.From “The Beatles Recording Reference Manual – Volume 5” by Jerry Hammack
Two reduction mixes were then made, to end the day. “Something” would receive its final (orchestral) overdubs on August 15.
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