Recording "Doctor Robert"

Sunday, April 17, 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

Master release

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From Wikipedia:

The Beatles recorded “Doctor Robert” during the early part of the Revolver sessions. The session for the song took place on 17 April 1966 at EMI Studios (now Abbey Road Studios) in London. It was a relatively straightforward track to record, compared to the more experimental songs such as “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Rain“. The band achieved a satisfactory basic track after seven takes, with a line-up comprising Lennon on rhythm guitar, McCartney on bass, Harrison on maracas, and Ringo Starr on drums. Harrison then overdubbed lead guitar, treated with automatic double tracking (ADT) and fed through a Leslie speaker to enhance the sound, and Lennon added harmonium over the two bridges. McCartney played a piano part, although it was not retained on the finished recording.

Vocals were added to the track at the group’s next session, on 19 April. These consisted of Lennon’s lead vocal and McCartney’s high harmony part, and Harrison supplying a third voice over the bridges. Lennon’s vocal was also treated with ADT. The song was mixed in mono for its US release on 12 May and in stereo on 20 May. It was subsequently remixed in mono on 21 June.

Last updated on September 16, 2022

Songs recorded


Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1


Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2


Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3


Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 4


Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5


Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6


Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 7


Production staff

George Martin:
Geoff Emerick:
Phil McDonald:
Second Engineer

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