Recording "She Said She Said", mixing session for "Revolver"

Tuesday, June 21, 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 Three, Abbey Road

Master release


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About

From Wikipedia:

“She Said, She Said” was the final track recorded during the Revolver sessions. It was also the first composition that Lennon had brought to the band in almost two months, since “I’m Only Sleeping“. Because of Lennon’s lack of productivity, Harrison was afforded a rare opportunity to have a third song, “I Want to Tell You“, included on a Beatles album. The session took place on 21 June 1966, two days before the Beatles had to leave for West Germany to begin the first leg of their 1966 world tour. It took nine hours to rehearse and record, complete with overdubs, making it the only song on Revolver to be made in a single session. After the subsequent mixing session, the Beatles’ producer, George Martin, said: “All right, boys, I’m just going for a lie-down.”

The creative cooperation among the four Beatles was at its highest during the Revolver period. There nevertheless remained a philosophical divide between McCartney and Lennon, Harrison and Starr due to McCartney’s refusal to try LSD. McCartney took part in the early takes for “She Said She Said” but did not contribute to the finished recording. He recalled: “I think we had a barney or something and I said, ‘Oh, fuck you!,’ and they said, ‘Well, we’ll do it.’ I think George played bass.” Harrison played a Burns bass guitar, which he had used earlier in the Revolver sessions, during initial recording for “Paperback Writer“. Harrison also contributed the lead guitar part, incorporating an Indian quality in its sound and providing an introduction that Riley describes as “outwardly harnessed, but inwardly raging”. Case describes the recording as “a metallic spiral of guitar and drums as aggressive as anything by the Who or the Yardbirds”.

According to McCartney biographer Barry Miles, logs from the recording session appear to contradict McCartney’s statement, as they do not indicate any bass overdubs by Harrison. Some authors therefore state that McCartney taped a bass track before walking out, on the same track as Starr’s drums. In his 2012 book on the making of Revolver, however, Robert Rodriguez comments that the stereo mix of the song puts the bass and drums on separate channels – showing that the two contributions were not recorded together on the same track, which the logs suggest – and the bass part has little in common with McCartney’s playing style or sound. He concludes that the session logs must be wrong and Harrison’s role as bassist on “She Said She Said” is “pretty well certain”.

Rodriguez highlights McCartney’s walkout as one of “a handful of unsolved Beatles mysteries”. When identifying the probable causes for McCartney’s uncharacteristic behaviour, he cites later comments made by Lennon: specifically that Lennon appreciated Harrison’s tendency to “take it as-is” whereas McCartney often took a musical arrangement in a direction he himself preferred; and that, given Lennon and Harrison’s habit of teasing their bandmate over his refusal to take LSD, McCartney possibly felt alienated by the song’s subject matter. Lennon expressed satisfaction with the completed track, adding, “The guitars are great on it.”

Last updated on September 16, 2022

Songs recorded


1.

Love You To

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 7


2.

Love You To

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 2 from take 7


3.

Love You To

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 2 from take 7


4.

Love You To

Written by George Harrison

Editing • Editing of stereo remixes 1-3


5.

I Want To Tell You

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 4


6.

I Want To Tell You

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 2


7.

Here, There And Everywhere

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 14


8.

Here, There And Everywhere

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 2 from take 14


9.

Here, There And Everywhere

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 2 from take 14


10.

Here, There And Everywhere

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 3 from take 14


11.

For No One

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 7 from take 14


12.

For No One

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 8 from take 14


13.

Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 4 from take 7


14.

Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 5 from take 7


15.

Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 6 from take 7


16.

Taxman

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 5 from take 12


17.

Taxman

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 6 from take 12


18.

Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Editing • Editing of mono remix 6


19.

Taxman

Written by George Harrison

Editing • Editing of mono remixes 5 and 6


20.

For No One

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 14


21.

Taxman

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1 from take 12


22.

Taxman

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 2 from take 12


23.

Taxman

Written by George Harrison

Editing • Editing of stereo remixes 1 and 2


24.

She Said She Said

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1


25.

She Said She Said

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2


26.

She Said She Said

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3


27.

She Said She Said

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Tape reduction take 3 into take 4


28.

She Said She Said

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 4


29.

She Said She Said

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 4


30.

She Said She Said

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 2 from take 4


31.

She Said She Said

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 3 from take 4

Staff

Production staff

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

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