Recording "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

Thursday, February 2, 1967 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (UK Mono) LP.
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Songs recorded


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 9 into take 10


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 10


Musicians on "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

Paul McCartney:
Lead vocals, Backing vocals
Ringo Starr:
Backing vocals ?
John Lennon:
Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals
Mal Evans:
Backing vocals ?
Neil Aspinall:
Backing vocals ?

Production staff

George Martin:
Geoff Emerick:
Richard Lush:
Second engineer


The Beatles had recorded the basic track of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Bandthe day before. On this day, from 7 pm to 1:45 am, they added overdubs to the track.

Paul McCartney added his lead vocals and backing vocals, sung with John Lennon and George Harrison, to track four of the four-track tape. The three Beatles then double-tracked their backing vocals onto track three. Take 9 was included in the 2017 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” box set and contains some studio chatter at the end.

Paul: (singing) I feel it, I feel it…Baby, now I get it…Gotta get free now… (talking) Don’t like that. I think it’ll probably be another day singing it.

George: Yeah, and what you can do with the bits where you can’t get it ’cause you haven’t got enough breath, you can just stop…

Paul: Just take over, yeah.

Obviously, Paul changed his mind about re-recording his lead vocals, because the vocals recorded on that day made it to the released version.

Mal Evans wrote in his diary for this day: “Recording voices on ‘Captain Pepper’. All six of us doing the chorus in the middle, worked until about midnight.” This suggests that he and likely Ringo Starr and Neil Aspinall also contributed backing vocals. If this was the case, these were likely placed low in the mix and hardly audible.

As the four tracks of the tape were now filled, a reduction mix, called Take 10, was made to open up two tracks. Track one had the instruments and track four had all the vocals.

Towards the end of the session, a mono mix was made only for demo purposes. George Martin likely used the acetate discs of this mix to score the brass parts. Those were recorded on March 3, 1967, which was a little over a month later.

Last updated on December 26, 2023

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