Recording and mixing "Got to Get You Into My Life"

Wednesday, May 18, 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.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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We put trumpets on because it sounded like a trumpet number. None of the others did, so we haven’t used them on any other tracks, so it’s a nice novelty.

Paul McCartney – From “The Beatles: Off The Record” by Keith Badman, 2008

It was interesting and unusual. I’ve never done a session quite like it before. The tune was a rhythm & bluesish sort of thing. We were only on one number. Apparently, The Beatles felt it needed something extra. As for the song’s arrangement, well, they didn’t have a thing written down! We just listened to what they had done and got an idea of what they wanted. Then we went ahead from there and gradually built up an arrangement. We tried a few things, and Paul and George Martin decided between them what would be used.

Les Condon – Trumpet player –  From “The Beatles: Off The Record” by Keith Badman, 2008

From Wikipedia:

The brass was close-miked in the bells of the instruments, then put through a limiter. This session, on 18 May, marked the first time that the Beatles had used a horn section.

The song starts with a blaring brass fanfare, McCartney’s vocals entering at 0:07. The chorus of the song appears at 1:04, with the song’s title sung. The song then switches between a verse and the refrain. A short electric guitar solo appears at 1:53 and at 2:10 the horn fanfare re-enters. The song closes with fading vocals of McCartney.

Last updated on September 24, 2022

Songs recorded


1.

Got To Get You Into My Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 8


2.

Got To Get You Into My Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 8 into takes 9-11


3.

Got To Get You Into My Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 9


4.

Got To Get You Into My Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 9


5.

Got To Get You Into My Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 2 from take 9

Staff

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Phil McDonald:
Second Engineer

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