Recording "Not Guilty", "Mother's Nature Son"

Friday, August 9, 1968 • For The Beatles

Part of


"The Beatles" (aka the White Album) sessions

May 30 - Oct 15, 1968 • Songs recorded during this session appear on The Beatles (Mono)

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Anthology 3 Official album.
Timeline More from year 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master album


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About

About “Mother Nature’s Song“, from Wikipedia:

McCartney recorded the song during the height of the tensions that marred the sessions for the White Album. On 9 August 1968, he recorded 25 takes singing and playing acoustic guitar simultaneously. Take 24 was perceived to be the best (take 2 later appeared on Anthology 3).

About “Mother Nature’s Song” take 24, from Anthology 3 liners notes:

Its lyrics inspired by the text of a lecture heard in Spring in India, the basic track of Mother’s Nature Son was recorded one summer’s evening in London a few months later. The White Album master was Take 26, a reduction of the “best” take (24) with overdubbed drums, timpani, brass and a second acoustic guitar passage, the brass players being the only musicians apart from Paul McCartney to play on the recording of his new song. En route to the master the composer taped a succession of strictly solo pieces, seeking out the right sound and feel – this Anthology selection is Take 2, the opening strand of conversation emphasising well the willingness, common to all Beatles, to seize upon a new sound or effect, whether discovered accidentally or otherwise.

Mountain streams, fields of grass, swaying daisies. A lazy song sung beneath the sun. In fact it was sung by Paul in the middle of the night beneath the artificial moonlight of EMI studio lamps! Almost folksy simplicity about this little number. It was done at a sort of after-session session when the rest of the fellows had gone home. Paul just sat in the box, sang and played his acoustic guitar. At three o’clock in the morning.

Mal Evans – From the Beatles Monthly Book, N°64, November 1968

Last updated on June 20, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Not Guilty

Written by George Harrison

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 99 into take 102


2.

Not Guilty

Written by George Harrison

Recording • SI onto take 102


3.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1


4.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2

Album Officially released on Anthology 3


5.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3


6.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 4


7.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5


8.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6


9.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 7


10.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 8


11.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 9


12.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 10


13.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 11


14.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 12


15.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 13


16.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 14


17.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 15

Album Officially released on The Beatles (2018)


18.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 16


19.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 17


20.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 18


21.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 19


22.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 20


23.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 21


24.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 22


25.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 23


26.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 24


27.

Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 25

Staff

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer
John Smith:
Second Engineer

The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

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

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