Recording "Revolution 1", "Revolution 9"

Friday, June 21, 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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Paul McCartney was not in the studio for that session, being in the USA for promotional duties for Apple. Ringo Starr was also absent.

Revolution 1” had been worked on during the first recording days for the new album, on May 30, May 31 and June 4. On this day (from 2.30pm to 9pm), it was completed with the addition of two more overdubs. The first overdub was the addition of a brass section composed of two trumpets and four trombones. Then George Harrison added a lead guitar line.

From 10pm to 3.30am, John Lennon and George Harrison continued the work on “Revolution 9“, overdubbing the final sound effects.

Stereo remixes for “Revolution 1” and “Revolution 9” were then made. At this stage, “Revolution 1” took its final form, being trimmed down from 10 minutes 30 seconds to 4 minutes 15 seconds. The remixes for “Revolution 1” done on this day would be dropped in favour of a new stereo remix done on June 25.

Last updated on June 9, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 20


2.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 20 into take 21


3.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 20 into take 22


4.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 22


5.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto master version


6.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 22


7.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 2 from take 22


8.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 3 from take 22


9.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 4 from take 22


10.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 5 from take 22


11.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 6 from take 22


12.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 7 from take 22


13.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from master version


14.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 2 from master version

Staff

Musicians on Revolution 1

George Harrison:
Lead guitar
Derek Watkins:
Trumpet
Freddy Clayton:
Trumpet
Rex Morris:
Trombone
Don Lang:
Trombone
J Power:
Trombone
Bill Povey:
Trombone

Production staff

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

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