Recording "Long Long Long", "I'm So Tired", "The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill"

Tuesday, October 8, 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


Spread the love! If you like what you are seeing, share it on social networks and let others know about The Paul McCartney Project.

About

On this day, The Beatles continued working on “Long, Long, Long” (which recording started the day before) and recorded two new songs from John Lennon, “I’m So Tired” and “The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill“.

Overdubs were added to “Long Long Long” take 67. George Harrison added a second vocal and a lead acoustic guitar part. Paul McCartney added bass guitar and backing vocals. A piano overdubs played by Chris Thomas would be added the day after, to complete the recording.

The Beatles then started working and completed “I’m So Tired” during that session. They recorded 14 takes, did overdubs on track 14. The final version would be mixed on October 15, without all the elements recorded. A version with all those overdubs was released on the 2018 re-release of the White Album:

“Sessions track 15 is the master with some elements that were left out of the final mixes made a week later. For example, John, Paul and George sang harmonies on track five […] Another omitted part, described as ‘far-off’ electric guitar on the tape box, is heard in this mix. This was recorded on track seven, which also has organ and extra drums. Electric piano, guitar and more drums are present on track six”

From the Anthology 3 liner notes:

Into the fifth month of the recording the White Album, two more John Lennon songs – I’m So Tired and The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill – were added to the collection during a through-the-night Abbey Road session that ended at 8am. Now using eight-track recording machines on a regular basis for the first time, I’m So Tired was taped live, the master (Take 14) including minimal overdubbing. John would often perform a vocal with every take, and all the outtakes of I’m So Tired have one – presented here is an amalgam of takes 3, 6 and 9 that embrace all the best moments.

Twelve hours had passed since the beginning of this session, and The Beatles switched to “The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill” and recorded only 3 takes. Take 3 was considered as the master, and they added overdubs on it. By the end of the session, the song reached its final form, and would be mixed in mono & stereo the day after.

From Facebook – 8 October 1968 Photo by Linda McCartney / Linda Enterprises Ltd. © Paul McCartney (https://www.lindamccartney.com/)
From Facebook – 8 October 1968 Photo by Linda McCartney / Linda Enterprises Ltd. © Paul McCartney (https://www.lindamccartney.com/)

Last updated on June 4, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Long, Long, Long

Written by George Harrison

Recording • SI onto take 67


2.

I'm So Tired

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1


3.

I'm So Tired

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2


4.

I'm So Tired

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3


5.

I'm So Tired

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 4


6.

I'm So Tired

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5


7.

I'm So Tired

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6


8.

I'm So Tired

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 7

Album Officially released on The Beatles (2018)


9.

I'm So Tired

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 8


10.

I'm So Tired

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 9


11.

I'm So Tired

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 10


12.

I'm So Tired

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 11


13.

I'm So Tired

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 12


14.

I'm So Tired

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 13


15.

I'm So Tired

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 14

Album Officially released on The Beatles (2018)


16.

The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1


17.

The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2

Album Officially released on The Beatles (2018)


18.

The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3

Staff

Musicians on The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Backing vocals, Tambourine, Drums
John Lennon:
Organ, Acoustic guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Acoustic guitar
Yoko Ono:
Vocals, Backing vocals
Chris Thomas:
Mellotron
Maureen Starkey:
Backing vocals

Musicians on I'm So Tired

Paul McCartney:
Electric piano, Bass, Harmony vocals, Backing vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Harmony vocals, Vocals, Organ, Lead guitar
George Harrison:
Harmony vocals, Lead guitar

Musicians on Long, Long, Long

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
George Harrison:
Vocals, Acoustic guitar

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer
Mike Sheady:
Second Engineer

The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

The definitive guide for every Beatles recording sessions from 1962 to 1970.

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!

The Beatles Bible

If we like to think, in all modesty, that the Paul McCartney Project is the best online ressource for everything Paul McCartney, The Beatles Bible is for sure the definitive online site focused on the Beatles. There are obviously some overlap in terms of content between the two sites, but also some major differences in terms of approach.

Have a look at https://www.beatlesbible.com/1968/10/08/recording-long-long-long-im-so-tired-the-continuing-story-of-bungalow-bill/

Contribute!

Have you spotted an error on the page? Do you want to suggest new content? Or do you simply want to leave a comment ? Please use the form below!

Your comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.