- 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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The day before, The Beatles recorded the basic track of “Piggies“, a George Harrison-penned track. On this day, they recorded overdubs. The song would finally be completed on October 10, with the addition of strings.
From The Beatles Bible:
The four-track recording from 19 September was first transferred to an eight-track machine, and became take 12 in the process. The first overdub in this 7-11pm session was of George Harrison’s lead vocals.
Harrison was joined by John Lennon and Paul McCartney in the final verse. During the bridge, Harrison’s vocals was heavily limited to make it sound as though he was pinching his nose.
In the control room of Studio Two, John Lennon also assembled a tape loop of pigs grunting. This came from an archive tape in the Abbey Road library titled Animals and Bees, and was taken from an EMI 78rpm record. It is likely that the effects were added when Piggies was mixed in mono and stereo on 11 October 1968.
As George Martin was on holidays for most of September 1968, Chris Thomas produced this session.
Last updated on May 28, 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!
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