Recording "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"

Monday, July 8, 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 The Beatles (Mono) LP.
Timeline More from year 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master album


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From Wikipedia:

Work began on the new version on 8 July. In the recollection of Geoff Emerick, the band’s recording engineer, Lennon “openly and vocally detested” the song, calling it “more of Paul’s ‘granny music shit’”, although at times he appeared enthusiastic, “acting the fool and doing his fake Jamaican patois”. Having left the studio at one point, Lennon then returned under the influence of marijuana. Out of frustration at being made to continually work on the song, he went straight to the piano and played the opening chords louder and faster than before, in what MacDonald describes as a “mock music-hall” style. Lennon claimed that this was how the song should be played, and it became the version that the Beatles ended up using. McCartney nevertheless decided to remake the track once more.

Last updated on June 4, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Take 1


2.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Take 2


3.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Take 3


4.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Take 4


5.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Take 5


6.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Take 6


7.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Take 7


8.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Take 8


9.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Take 9


10.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Take 10


11.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Take 11


12.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Take 12


13.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 12 into take 13


14.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 13


15.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Unnumbered rough remix from take 13

Staff

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Richard Lush:
Second Engineer

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