"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.
- EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road
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Work on “Revolution” had started on the previous day, and further overdubs were added on this day to what would become the B-side of the next Beatles single.
The first session of the day (from 4pm to 7pm) was mostly spent overdubbing an electric piano, played by Nicky Hopkins, onto take 15. On June 25, during the recording session of “Sour Milk Sea” for the Apple artist Jackie Lomax, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr had worked with this session player – and somehow he was brought in for this Beatles session.
For the second session of the day (from 7pm to 3:45pm), The Beatles returned to “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da“. Three saxophones were added onto take 22. The names of the saxophonists were not documented, but two of them are thought to be Rex Morris and Ronnie Scott. Two tape reductions (named take 23 and take 24) were done, and Paul McCartney overdubbed another bass track, played with an acoustic guitar, onto take 23:
And then I put the bass on after [sings bassline] and then double-tracked it with an acoustic guitar. That’s a cool idea, an octave up from the bass, playing exactly the same. And acoustic.Paul McCartney – From Interview: Paul McCartney on His Life as a Bassist | | Reverb News – interview with Tony Bacon, 1994
Additional work on “Revolution” was then done. A tape reduction was made, take 15 becoming take 16. Paul then added his bass guitar part.
At the end of this day, two rough mono mixes of “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” had been done, and “Revolution” was near completion. The Beatles would continue working on those two songs on the following day.
Last updated on September 4, 2021
Recording • SI onto take 15
Recording • SI onto take 22
Tape copying • Tape reduction take 15 into take 16
Recording • SI onto take 16
Tape copying • Tape reduction take 22 into take 23
Tape copying • Tape reduction take 22 into take 24
Recording • SI onto take 23
Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 23
Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 2 from take 23
Musicians on "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
- Paul McCartney:
- Bass part on distorted acoustic guitar
- Rex Morris:
- Saxophone ?
- Ronnie Scott:
- Saxophone ?
Musicians on "Revolution"
- George Martin:
- Geoff Emerick:
- Phil McDonald:
- Second Engineer
- Richard Lush:
- Second Engineer
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 Recording Reference Manual: Volume 4: The Beatles through Yellow Submarine (1968 - early 1969)
The fourth book of this critically acclaimed series, "The Beatles Recording Reference Manual: Volume 4: The Beatles through Yellow Submarine (1968 - early 1969)" captures The Beatles as they take the lessons of Sgt. Pepper forward with an ambitious double-album that is equally innovative and progressive. From the first take to the final remix, discover the making of the greatest recordings of all time. Through extensive, fully-documented research, these books fill an important gap left by all other Beatles books published to date and provide a unique view into the recordings of the world's most successful pop music act.
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