Recording "You Never Give Me Your Money"

Tuesday, May 6, 1969 • For The Beatles

Part of


Recording "Abbey Road"

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.
Timeline More from year 1969
Studio:
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Master album


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This was the second of four days spent at Olympic Sound Studios. On this day, Paul McCartney brought “You Never Give Me Your Money“, the first song recorded for the album “Abbey Road” that had had not been rehearsed during the “Get Back” sessions in January. The recording session started at 3 pm and went on until 4 am the next morning.

You Never Give Me Your Money” would become the first song of “The Long One”, the medley that would occupy the entire Side 2 of “Abbey Road”. As explained to the New Musical Express by John Lennon in its May 3rd edition, the idea of making a medley was already there where The Beatles started the recording of “You Never Give Me Your Money” on this day:

I suppose the next Great Beatle Event will be the next LP, in about eight weeks. A lot of the tracks will be like
“Get Back,” and a lot of that we did in one-take kind of thing. We’ve done about 12 tracks, some of them still to be re-mixed, and Paul and I are now working on a kind of song montage that we might as one piece on one side. We’ve got two weeks to finish the whole thing, so we’re really working on it.

John Lennon – From New Musical Express, May 3, 1969

You Never Give Me Your Money” was in itself a medley of three songs or segments which can be named “You Never Give Me Your Money“, “Out Of College” and “One Sweet Dream“. The studio documentation for this day gave the name “You Never Give Me Your Money – Part I” to the song.

They recorded 36 takes of the basic track on this day onto an eight-track tape, with Paul on guide vocals (track one) and piano (track two), John Lennon on distorted electric guitar (track five), George Harrison on electric guitar fed through a Leslie speaker (track six) and Ringo Starr on drums (track three).

It’s exactly half-past two and it’s ’36’ and here we go!

Paul McCartney

The final take of the night, take 36, was included in the “Abbey Road (50th anniversary boxset)” released in 2019, but take 30 was selected as the best, and was made into a rough stereo mix.

As heard on bootlegs, take 30, like take 36, included extended jamming toward the end. This would be faded out during mixing, but this shows that, at this stage, they had yet to imagine how to introduce the next song of the medley.

Contrary to what John said to the New Musical Express, The Beatles didn’t continue working on the medley or the new album after those four days at Olympic Sound Studios. Instead, they would take a break from the studios and enjoy some holidays (Paul went to Corfu with his now-wife Linda for a month). They would start recording again on July 1, 1969, by adding the first overdubs to “You Never Give Me Your Money“.

From Wikipedia:

The basic structure of the song as it appeared on Abbey Road had not been worked out at this stage, and the original recording ran onto a loose jam session, ending up as a fast rock-and-roll instrumental towards the end. […]

Last updated on November 15, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1


2.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2


3.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3


4.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 4


5.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5


6.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6


7.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 7


8.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 8


9.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 9


10.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 10


11.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 11


12.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 12


13.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 13


14.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 14


15.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 15


16.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 16


17.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 17


18.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 18


19.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 19


20.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 20


21.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 21


22.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 22


23.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 23


24.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 24


25.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 25


26.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 26


27.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 27


28.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 28


29.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 29


30.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 30


31.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 31


32.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 32


33.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 33


34.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 34


35.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 35


36.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 36

Album Officially released on Abbey Road (50th anniversary boxset)


37.

You Never Give Me Your Money

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 30

Staff

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Glyn Johns:
Engineer
Steve Vaughan:
Second Engineer

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