- Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Revolver (UK Mono) LP.
- EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road
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This was the nineteenth day of the recording sessions for the “Revolver” album. This was a short 3-hour long session, lasting from 7 pm to 11 pm, and spent recording a new track, Paul McCartney’s “For No One“.
Ten takes of the simple rhythm track were recorded on this day, with Paul on piano and Ringo Starr on drums (played very subtly mostly on the hi-hat). Take 10 was deemed the best and received a few overdubs (still by Paul and Ringo, as neither John Lennon nor George Harrison performed on “For No One“).
Paul added a clavichord part (an instrument “hired, at a cost of five guineas, from George Martin’s AIR company” according to Mark Lewisohn) and Ringo added maracas and cymbals.
On ‘For No One,’ the track was laid down on my own clavichord. I brought it in from my home, because I thought it had a nice sound. It was a very strange instrument to record, and Paul played it.George Martin – From “The Beatles Anthology” book, 2000
Take 10, as it was at the end of this session, was released on the 2022 reissue of “Revolver”.
Last updated on October 19, 2022
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