Recording "Something"

Friday, May 2, 1969 • For The Beatles

Part of


"Abbey Road" sessions

Feb 22 - Aug 25, 1969 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Abbey Road

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Abbey Road LP.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Master release


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About

On April 16, 1969, The Beatles had recorded 13 instrumental takes of the backing track of George Harrison’s “Something“. On this day, they decided to restart from scratch.

They recorded 36 takes (numbered from take 1) with George on electric guitar (track three), Paul McCartney on bass (track one), John Lennon on piano (track four) and Ringo Starr on drums (track two).

From take nine onwards, two outputs were taken from George’s guitar; the new one, recorded on track six of the eight-track tape, was the sound of it coming through a rotating Leslie speaker. In take 27, once the song had ended, John led the group into a coda based on a repetitive riff he played on piano. Each time The Beatles fell into that jam, the tape was stopped after a few seconds – except for take 36, the final one used for the master, when it continued rolling for nearly five minutes.

From “Abbey Road” Super Deluxe edition book (2019)

Take 36 was deemed the best take and was 7’48” long (to be compared with the version of “Something” released on “Abbey Road” lasting 3’00”). The instrumental coda would be dropped in stages and finally disappeared when “Something” was mixed on August 19, 1969.

The first overdubs would be added onto take 36 on May 5.

Last updated on December 28, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Remake - Take 1


2.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 2


3.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 3


4.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 4


5.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 5


6.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 6


7.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 7


8.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 8


9.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 9


10.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 10


11.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 11


12.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 12


13.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 13


14.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 14


15.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 15


16.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 16


17.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 17


18.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 18


19.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 19


20.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 20


21.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 21


22.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 22


23.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 23


24.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 24


25.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 25


26.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 26


27.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 27


28.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 28


29.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 29


30.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 30


31.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 31


32.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 32


33.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 33


34.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 34


35.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 35


36.

Something

Written by George Harrison

Recording • Take 36

Staff

Musicians on "Something"

Production staff

Chris Thomas:
Producer
Jeff Jarratt:
Engineer
Nick Webb:
Second Engineer

Going further


The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

The definitive guide for every Beatles recording sessions from 1962 to 1970.

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