- Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the The Beatles (Mono) LP.
- Timeline More from year 1968
- EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road
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On this day, The Beatles started recording “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and it proved to be a difficult one to record as two remakes had to be done:
- Version 1 was recorded July 3, 4, 5.
- Version 2 was recorded July 8, 9, 11, 15.
- Version 3 was recorded July 9.
The formal recording of “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” took place in July and involved several days of work. The first completed version of the track, recorded between 3 and 5 July, featured Scott playing congas and a trio of saxophonists. At McCartney’s insistence, the band remade the song in an effort to capture the performance for which he was aiming. In doing so, according to Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, “the Beatles were creating another first: the first time they had especially recruited session musicians and then rejected the recording.”
Last updated on June 20, 2021
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.
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