The Paul McCartney Project

Recording "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"

Jul 09, 1969 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Abbey Road Official album.
Timeline See what happened in July 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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Songs recorded


1.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1


2.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2


3.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3


4.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 4


5.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5


6.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6


7.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 7


8.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 8


9.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 9


10.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 10


11.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 11


12.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 12


13.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 13


14.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 14


15.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 15


16.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 16


17.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 17


18.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 18


19.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 19


20.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 20


21.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 21

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Staff

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Phil McDonald:
Engineer
John Kurlander:
Second Engineer

About

From Anthology 3 liner notes:

Written by Paul in the White Album period and rehearsed at Twickenham Film Studios during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer was recorded for Abbey Road, the Beatles spending this day working on the basic track. To preserve the feel, Paul sang with every take, planning to re-record the vocal when the best instrumental recording was decided upon (this turned out to be Take 21). Presented here is the previously unreleased Take 5, lacking the many overdubbed elements – the anvil for one – that would feature in the master.

Last updated on May 25, 2017


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