Mixing "Revolution 1", "Revolution 9"

Tuesday, June 25, 1968 • For The Beatles

Part of


"The Beatles" (aka the White Album) sessions

May 30 - Oct 18, 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.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master release


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About

On this day, from 2 pm to 8 pm, “Revolution 1” was completed, with the final mono and stereo mixes being prepared (replacing those prepared on June 21).

Revolution 9” was edited from 9:05 to 8:12 and considered completed as well (the mono mix was prepared as a fold-down of the stereo mix on August 26).

John Lennon was the only Beatles at this session. Paul McCartney was travelling back from the USA, and George Harrison was producing Jackie Lomax.

[It] was quite unusual because, ever since the ‘Pepper’ days, all four Beatles normally attended even mixing sessions. […] There were two quirks that characterized that mix. One was an accidental bad edit in the last chorus, which Lennon insisted I leave in; it added an extra beat, and he always loved weird time signatures, so it was deemed a creative accident and it became part of the song. The other oddity about the final mix was that it featured my recording debut: that’s my voice hurriedly saying ‘Take two’ just before the song begins. Because I always hated hearing my voice on tape, I had gotten in the habit of mumbling the slate as quickly as possible. John used to take the piss out of the way I rushed my announcements, so he left it in at the beginning of the song. It was done just to needle me, but at least it gave me the distinction of being one of only a few privileged outsiders who appear on a Beatles record!

Geoff Emerick – From “Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles“, 2006

Last updated on September 11, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 8 from take 22


2.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 9 from take 22


3.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 10 from take 22


4.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 11 from take 22


5.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 12 from take 22

Album Officially released on The Beatles (Stereo)


6.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Editing • Editing of remix stereo 2


7.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape copying of remix stereo 12


8.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape copying of edit of remix stereo 2

Staff

Production staff

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

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