Recording and mixing "I'm Only Sleeping"

Friday, May 6, 1966 • For The Beatles

Part of

Recording "Revolver"

April 6 - June 22, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Revolver (UK Mono) LP.
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Some songs from this session appear on:

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This was the eighteenth day of the recording sessions for the “Revolver” album. From 2:30 pm to 1 am, The Beatles completed the recording of John Lennon’s “I’m Only Sleeping“.

On April 27, 1966, they recorded the basic track, with take 11 considered the best. On April 29, they considered doing a remake of the song but finally added the lead vocals onto take 11, and on May 5, they added lead guitar parts.

This day started with tape reductions (labelled take 12 and take 13) to free up a track for additional overdubs. Take 13 was deemed the best and John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison added their backing vocals.

The Beatle yawning on “I’m Only Sleeping” was Paul and this contribution was recorded on this day (on the stereo mix of the song, we can hear John saying “Yawn, Paul!” at the 1:57 mark).

Once the recordings were done, the engineering team created four mono mixes, from 1 am to 2:15 am. Those mixes were never used.

I’m Only Sleeping” would be mixed in mono for its US release on May 12, 1966. The UK stereo version would be mixed on May 20 and the UK mono version on June 6.

Last updated on October 17, 2022

Songs recorded


I'm Only Sleeping

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 11


I'm Only Sleeping

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Tape reduction take 11 into takes 12 and 13


I'm Only Sleeping

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 13

Album Officially released on Revolver (Super Deluxe - 2022)


I'm Only Sleeping

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 2 from take 13


I'm Only Sleeping

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 3 from take 13


I'm Only Sleeping

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 4 from take 13


Musicians on "I'm Only Sleeping"

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals
John Lennon:
Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals

Production staff

George Martin:
Geoff Emerick:
Phil McDonald:
Second Engineer

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The Beatles Recording Reference Manual - Volume 2 - Help! through Revolver (1965-1966)

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Through extensive, fully-documented research, these books fill an important gap left by all other Beatles books published to date and provide a unique view into the recordings of the world's most successful pop music act.

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