Recording "Revolution 1"

Tuesday, June 4, 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 Three, Abbey Road

Master release


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This third day of recording for the new album was also the third day spent on “Revolution 1“. At the beginning of the session, John Lennon decided to re-record his lead vocals, lying down on the floor of Studio Three in order to alter his voice.

John decided he would feel more comfortable on the floor so I had to rig up a microphone which would be suspended on a boom above his mouth. It struck me as somewhat odd, a little eccentric, but they were always looking for a different sound; something new.

Brian Gibson, technical engineer – The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn

George Harrison and Paul McCartney then recorded some backing vocals – “Mama… Dada… Mama… Dada… Mama…” – intended to be used at the end of the 10-minute long version of “Revolution 1“. But those were never used.

Also recorded on this day were another drum track by Ringo Starr, a guitar part played by John Lennon, and an organ part played by Paul McCartney.

Some tape loops were also recorded (one loop consisting of the Beatles singing overdubbed “Aaaaaahh”, the other one with a high-pitched note on electric guitar). Those were used on “Revolution 9“.

The final overdubs would be added on June 21.

The session started at 2:30 pm ended at 1 am.

From Facebook – 4 June 1968 – Photo by Leslie Bryce © Beatles Book Photo Library
From FacebookJohn Lennon laying down on the floor of EMI Studios Studio three – photo by Tony Bramwell
From Facebook – 4 June 1968 – Photo by Leslie Bryce © Beatles Book Photo Library
From Facebook – 4 June 1968 – Photo by Leslie Bryce © Beatles Book Photo Library

Last updated on September 11, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 19


2.

Creation of tape loops

Recording


3.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 19 into take 20


4.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 20


5.

Revolution 1

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Rough remix from take 20

Staff

Musicians

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Hammond organ
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Guitar, Lead vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Phil McDonald:
Second Engineer
Peter Bown:
Engineer

Going further


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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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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