The Paul McCartney Project

Recording "Strawberry Fields Forever" #3

Nov 29, 1966 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever 7" Single.
Timeline See what happened in 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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Songs recorded


1.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5


2.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6


3.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Tape reduction take 6 into take 7


4.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 7


5.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 7


6.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 2 from take 7


7.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 3 from take 7

Album Officially appears on Anthology 2

The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

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Staff

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Phil McDonald:
Second Engineer

About

From Anthology 2 liner notes, about Take 7 Remix 3:

Just five days after that initial take of Strawberry Fields Forever the song’s arrangement was undergoing dramatic change. The master was a composite of two separate recordings – the first minute came from Take 7 the remainder from Take 26. Presented [on Anthology 2], issued for the first time, is the full Take 7, going beyond those first 60 seconds (indeed, including within that first minute a 23-second verse that was later excised).

The sound is mono because the recording presented here is an original mono mix – labelled RM3 – made, like Take 7, on 29 November 1966.

The conclusion of the original master (embracing Take 26) included sections flown in from a combination of edit piece taped on 9 December featuring backwards cymbals, a “wild drum track” played by Ringo and some extemporal vocalising by John. A much longer section of this edit piece is released here, again for the first time, crossfaded on to the end of RM3. At the conclusion one can hear John twice mutter “cranberry sauce“, a phrase which, less clearly audible right at the end of the master mix, has long puzzled listeners.


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