Recording "Your Mother Should Know", mixing "Blue Jay Way"

Saturday, September 16, 1967 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Magical Mystery Tour (Mono) Official album.
Timeline More from year 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Some songs from this session appear on:



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From the Anthology 2 liner notes:

“Do you want us to do it again, George?” mocked Paul to the Beatles’ producer at the star of this recording. Your Mother Should Know had already been on the blocks for a month, initial sessions taking place at a different venue – Chappell Studios, just off New Bond Street in Central London – on 22 and 23 August (the last time that the Beatles saw their manager Brian Epstein, who died on the 27th). Now Paul was embarking on a new arrangement, with snare drum, harmonium, jangle piano and vocal.

The Beatles recorded eleven such takes of Your Mother Should Know during this 16th September session, the one featured here, Take 27, being marked “best”, albeit only temporarily.

This was the first Beatles session for engineer Ken Scott:

For the very first session that I ever did as an engineer, which happened to be “Your Mother Should Know,” I had no idea what the hell I was doing. I’d never sat behind the board and pushed up a fader before. Because we had a relationship going, they allowed me to learn and gave me the time just to figure out what I was doing without giving me a hard time or having me kicked off, which was quite amazing. That within itself was, I guess, one of the biggest compliments they could pay me – to allow me to learn what I was doing.

Ken Scott – From Beatles’ recording engineer Ken Scott reveals behind the scenes details on working with The Fab Four | Daytrippin’ Beatles Magazine, July 2012

Last updated on August 24, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Your Mother Should Know

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 20


2.

Your Mother Should Know

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 21


3.

Your Mother Should Know

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 22


4.

Your Mother Should Know

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 23


5.

Your Mother Should Know

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 24


6.

Your Mother Should Know

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 25


7.

Your Mother Should Know

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 26


8.

Your Mother Should Know

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 27

Album Officially released on Anthology 2


9.

Your Mother Should Know

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 28


10.

Your Mother Should Know

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 29


11.

Your Mother Should Know

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 30


12.

Blue Jay Way

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 3


13.

I Am The Walrus

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape copying of remix mono 4


14.

Blue Jay Way

Written by George Harrison

Tape copying • Tape copying of remix mono 1

Staff

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer
Jeff Jarratt:
Second Engineer

The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

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