- Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Anthology 1 Official album.
- Timeline More from year 1962
- EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road
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90 days after their EMI audition, the Beatles returned to EMI Studios, with their new drummer, to record their debut single in Studio 2. They began work on Mitch Murray’s “How Do You Do It”, which Martin had chosen for them, but they disliked the song and wanted to release an original composition. They recorded at least two takes of “How Do You Do It” and at least 15 takes of “Love Me Do”, then the best take of each song was mono mixed and pressed onto an acetate disc for Epstein to hear. The session tapes were later destroyed, as was common practice until 1963. This session’s version of “Love Me Do” was released as the Beatles’ first single; however, it was later replaced with a version recorded seven days later, and the original was destroyed. When the original was later released on compilations, it had to be sourced from an original mono 45 rpm single.
Last updated on September 13, 2015
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn
The definitive guide for every Beatles recording sessions from 1962 to 1970.
We owe a lot to Mark Lewisohn for the creation of those session pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details - the number of takes for each song, who contributed what, a description of the context and how each session went, various photographies... And an introductory interview with Paul McCartney!