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Thursday, July 31, 1969

Recording "You Never Give Me Your Money", "Golden Slumbers", "Carry That Weight"

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Last updated on December 27, 2021

Master session


  • Recording studio: EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road



Some of the songs worked on during this session were first released on the "Abbey Road" LP.

On this day, in a 2:30 pm to 1:15 am session, The Beatles continued the work on three songs of the “Abbey Road” medley – “You Never Give Me Your Money” and “Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight“.

The day before, several reduction mixes of take 30 of “You Never Give Me Your Money” had been made and some overdubs were added onto the reduction mix named take 40. On this day, Paul McCartney returned to take 30 and re-recorded his bass part (on track seven). He also recorded a piano track, recorded at half-speed, which gave the honky-tonk effect when played at the correct speed.

At this stage, the remaining question was how to segue “You Never Give Me Your Money” into the next medley track, “Sun King“. This would be solved with additional overdubs added on August 5, 1969.

Paul then re-recorded some lead vocals on “Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight” (on track six) and Ringo Starr added some extra drum hits (on track seven).

Some timpani drums were also added on “Carry That Weight“. The studio documentation doesn’t mention who played timpani and photographic evidence shows that both Paul and Ringo attempted to achieve the right timpani sound.

Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight” would receive its final (orchestral) overdubs on August 15, 1969.

From Facebook – 31 July 1969 Photo © Apple Corps Ltd. (https://www.thebeatles.com/)
From Facebook – 31 July 1969 – Photo © Apple Corps Ltd. (http://www.thebeatles.com/)

Session activities

  1. You Never Give Me Your Money

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • SI onto take 30

  2. Golden Slumbers

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • SI onto take 17

  3. Carry That Weight

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

    Recording • SI onto take 17


Musicians on "Carry That Weight"

Musicians on "You Never Give Me Your Money"

Musicians on "Golden Slumbers"

Production staff

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