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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 30, 1967 - 0 Comments

The Beatles in-between recording at EMI Studios in London.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 29, 1967 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 29, 1967

John Lennon attends the 14 Hour Technicolor Dream

On this day, and into the night, a benefit party for the underground newspaper International Times was held at London's Alexandra Palace.

The 14 Hour Technicolour dream was a multi-artist happening featuring poets, artists and musicians. The headline act was Pink Floyd, and the other performers included Arthur Brown, Soft Machine, Tomorrow, The Pretty Things and Yoko Ono.

John Lennon and John Dunbar saw a news item about the event on the television at Lennon's home in Weybridge while tripping on LSD, and decided to attend. Lennon called his driver who took them to the venue. Film footage from the event shows Lennon.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 28, 1967 - 0 Comments

The Beatles are taking a short break from recording.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 27, 1967 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 27, 1967

The Beatles again in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording vocals for the song Magical Mystery Tour. Overdubbing from 7:00 pm to 12:45 am.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 26, 1967 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 26, 1967

Studio Three, EMI Studios, London

Overdubbing of bass, maracas, cowbell, tambourines, and backing vocal shouts onto "Magical Mystery Tour" took up the lion's share of this 7:00 pm to 2:00 am session. Another reduction mixdown then took take eight into take nine.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 25, 1967 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 25, 1967

Recording: Magical Mystery Tour

Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

The Beatles began work on the title track of what would become their next film and EP/LP release, Magical Mystery Tour, recording three takes of the backing track.

The group rehearsed the song extensively in the studio before recording began, with Paul McCartney guiding the group from the piano. Eventually they taped a rhythm track of two guitars, piano and drums.

Satisfied with take three, The Beatles then oversaw five reduction mixes to free up extra tracks on the tape. The last of these, numbered take eight, was used for further overdubs on subsequent days.

The group also assembled a tape loop of traffic noises, taken from EMI's sound effects collection Volume 36: Traffic Noise Stereo. This was added to the song during a final mixing session on November 7, 1967.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 24, 1967 - 0 Comments

The Beatles are taking a break from recording

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 23, 1967 - 0 Comments

The Beatles are in-between recording at EMI Studios

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 22, 1967 - 0 Comments

The Beatles are in-between recording (EMI Studios)

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 21, 1967 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 21, 1967

Recording, mixing: Only A Northern Song, Sgt Pepper run-out groove

he final touch was added to the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band during this session: the gibberish sounds which filled the run-out groove of the vinyl record.

First of all, however, 11 mono mixes of George Harrison's Only A Northern Song were made. Two four-track tapes had been filled: one with organ, bass guitar, trumpet, glockenspiel and drums, and another with organ, vocals and other assorted noises.

Two tape machines therefore needed to be synchronised, a process that had previously been used during the recording of A Day In The Life.

Once the mixes were complete, attention returned to Sgt Pepper. The Beatles stood at the studio microphone and babbled nonsense on each track of a two-track tape, which was subsequently cut up and re-edited with some parts reversed.

On 21 April everyone in the studio recorded the run-on spiral for the album, about two seconds’ worth of sound. It was a triple session - three three-hour sessions - which ended around 4am. The Beatles stood around two microphones muttering, singing snatches of songs and yelling for what seemed like hours, with the rest of us standing round them, joining in. Mal carried in cases of Coke and bottles of Scotch. Ringo was out of it. ‘I’m so stoned,’ he said, ‘I think I’m going to fall over!’ As he slowly toppled, Mal [Evans] caught him and popped him neatly in a chair without a murmur. In the control room no one seemed to notice. A loop was made from the tape of the muttering and was mixed, but not without some altercation between John and the tape operator.
Barry Miles
In The Sixties

The album was cut by Harry Moss, and required several attempts before the sound appeared precisely in the run-out groove. The intention was for the sound to loop and be played ad infinitum, preceded by a 15 kilocycle pitch intended for dogs.

I was told by chaps who'd been in the business a long time that cutting things into the run-out grooves was an old idea that they used to do on 78s. Cutting Sgt Pepper was not too difficult except that because we couldn't play the masters I had to wait for white label pressings before I could hear whether or not I'd cut the concentric groove successfully, These were the things which, at the time, I used to swear about! It was George Martin who first asked me to do it. I replied, 'It's gonna be bloody awkward, George, but I'll give it a go!'
Harry Moss
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn

Neither the test tone nor the loop of gibberish - known as Edit for LP End on the tape box - was used on the first North American pressings of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was eventually issued as part of the Rarities compilation, with the title Sgt Pepper Inner Groove.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 20, 1967 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 20, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) was mixed into stereo in Studio Three between 5:00 and 6:15 PM, then the Beatles arrived at 7:00 for a session in Studio Two which ended at 2:15 AM, recording overdubs onto "Only A Northern Song".

First they returned to take three from February 13th, wiping some existing material and overdubbing bass, a trumpet, and a glockenspiel. Then they advanced to take 11 - itself a reduction mixdown of take three - and added vocals.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 19, 1967 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 19, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Although an April 6th mono mix of "Good Morning Good Morning" had been inserted into the master reel, it did not fit snugly up to the "Sgt. Pepper" reprise. So the former was mixed again in this 7:00 pm to 12:30 am session, RM23 solving the problem by means of merging the final cluck of the sound effect hen at the end of "Good Morning Good Morning" into the similar first guitar note at the beginning of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)".

With Paul now back from the USA, the Beatles had a recording session booked for the next night, picking up "Only A Northern Song" for the first time since February 14th. To remind them of the work done so far, another rough mono mix was made.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

 

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 18, 1967 - 0 Comments

The Beatles are in-between recording at EMI Studios in London.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 17, 1967 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 17, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios in London

Stereo mixing of "Getting Better", "She's Leaving Home", "When I'm Sixty-Four" and "Lovely Rita", done from 7:00 to 10:30 pm. "She's Leaving Home" was mixed into stereo without reference to the speeded-up mono, for this ran 3 mins 26 secs while the stereo, noticeably slower, lasts 3 min 34 secs.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 16, 1967 - 0 Comments

The Beatles are in-between recording

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 15, 1967 - 0 Comments

Top 20 Song Chart for April 15, 1967

1. Happy Together - The Turtles

2. This is My Song - Petula Clark

3. Jimmy Mack - Martha and the Vandellas

4. Something Stupid - Frank and Nancy Sinatra

5. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You - The Monkees

6. I think we're alone now - Tommy James and the Shondells

7. Dedicated to the one I Love - The Mamas & the Papas

8. The Happening - The Supremes

9. Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley

10. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin

11. Bernadette - The Four Tops

12. I've Been Lonely too Long - The Young Rascals

13. Western Union - The Five Americans

14. Don't You Care - The Buckinghams

15. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) - Harpers Bizarre

16. With This Ring - The Platters

17. Penny Lane - The Beatles

18. Dry Your Eyes - Brenda & The Tabulations

19. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles

20. I'm A Man - Spencer Davis Group

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 14, 1967 - 0 Comments

The Beatles in-between recording

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 13, 1967 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 13, 1967

Paul McCartney, London Heathrow Airport, 13th April 1967. Returns from America, where he has been celebrating the 21st Birthday of his actress girlfriend, Jane Asher.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 12, 1967 - 0 Comments

The Beatles in-between recording

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 11, 1967 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 11, 1967

Paul McCartney performs with Brian Wilson and John and Michelle Phillips

In the early hours of this morning, after he was recorded chewing celery on The Beach Boys' song Vegetables, Paul McCartney returned to John and Michelle Phillips' house in Los Angeles, where he had been the previous day.

McCartney brought Brian Wilson back to the Phillipses' house, and various musical instruments were brought out. John Phillips also filled a tray of glasses with different amounts of water, and McCartney made sounds by rubbing the rims. He also played cello and flugelhorn at the house.

The jam lasted much of the early morning, and McCartney and Mal Evans returned to Derek Taylor's house in time for breakfast. McCartney and Evans then flew back to England, during which ideas for the Magical Mystery Tour film and songs were worked upon.

McCartney borrowed a notepad from a flight stewardess and drafted the lyrics for the Magical Mystery Tour song. He then drew a rough plan for the film, using a circle divided into eight segments to represent the 60 minutes of a television special.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 10, 1967 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 10, 1967

Paul McCartney performs on The Beach Boys’ Vegetables

The day after their arrival in Los Angeles, Paul McCartney and Mal Evans spent the day shopping at Century Plaza, where Evans bought a talking pillow.

 

In the afternoon the pair visited John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas And The Papas. After a while McCartney left alone to meet The Beach Boys, leaving Evans with the Phillipses.

 

At the time Brian Wilson was working on the song Vegetables, intended for the Smile album but eventually released on Smiley Smile. McCartney was recorded chewing celery.

 

The night before a big tour, I was out in the studio recording the vocal when, to my surprise, Paul McCartney walked in and joined Brian at the console. And, briefly, the two most influential musical Geminis in the world had a chance to work together. I remember waiting for long periods of time between takes to get to the next section or verse. Brian lost track of the session. Paul would come on the talkback and say something like 'Good take, Al.'

 

Al Jardine
The Beach Boys

 

McCartney also performed on an unreleased version of On Top Of Old Smokey. Shortly after midnight he arrived back at the Phillipses' house.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 8, 1967 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 8, 1967

Paul McCartney and Mal Evans holiday in Denver

Paul McCartney and Mal Evans continued their stay in Denver, Colorado on this day, without Jane Asher who was appearing in a matinée performance of William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet in the city.

McCartney and Evans drove into the Rocky Mountains past Central City into the old Boodle Mine. During the trip their hired car got stuck in snow and mud, but they eventually made their way back to Central City and ate a meal in Paul's Café. Afterwards they watched a local country singer perform across the road in the Gilded Garter bar.

The pair returned to Denver in time to see the Old Vic theatre company's performance of Romeo And Juliet.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 7, 1967 - 0 Comments

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

The Beatles were mostly absent when the stereo mixes of Sgt. Pepper were prepared - they considered mono of paramount importance and so were always around for these, but were generally content to leave the stereos to George Martin and Geoff Emerick. Working this day from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am, they produced stereo masters of "With A Little Help From My Friends" (with its preceding crossfade into the title song). "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!", "Fixing A Hole", and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds".

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 6, 1967 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 6, 1967

Mixing: Sgt Pepper crossfades, Good Morning Good Morning

Studio Two (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road

The Sgt. Pepper song Good Morning Good Morning was mixed in mono and stereo during this session, and crossfades for the album were assembled. The session ran from 7pm until 1am the following morning.

Two mono mixes of Good Morning Good Morning were made, followed by five stereo mixes. The final stereo mix is notable for containing an extra six seconds of effects before the final chicken cluck.

These mono mixes were unused, however, and new ones were created on April 19, 1967.

The Beatles wished for there to be no gaps, or rills, between the Sgt Pepper songs. Furthermore, they wished to have two crossfades from one song to another: these occurred between the title track and With A Little Help From My Friends, and from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) into A Day In The Life.

At this stage the album was almost complete, but the running order was slightly different. Although the second half was in place, side one had the songs in a different order: Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, With A Little Help From My Friends, Being For the Benefit Of Mr. Kite!, Fixing A Hole, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Getting Better and She's Leaving Home.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 5, 1967 - 0 Comments

Paul McCartney visits Jane Asher in Denver

Paul McCartney flew to Denver from San Francisco on this day to pay a surprise visit to his girlfriend Jane Asher on her 21st birthday.

Asher was touring with the Old Vic theatre company in a production of William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet. McCartney had flown to America on April 3, 1967 with Mal Evans.

McCartney and Evans flew from San Francisco in a hired Lear jet; they arrived at Denver Airport and were met by Bert Rosenthal, who had agreed to lend McCartney and Asher his house. Evans, meanwhile, booked into the Driftwood Motel.

In the evening McCartney and Asher were reunited, and Rosenthal drove them to a hotel where a birthday party was held for her. The party had been organized by the Old Vic.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 4, 1967 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 4, 1967

Paul McCartney flies to San Francisco

The day after his arrival in the United States, Paul McCartney spent the day in San Francisco.

He and Mal Evans had flown into the city from Los Angeles in the early hours of the morning. The city was experiencing its first snow for 42 years, and the temperat...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 3, 1967 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 3, 1967

Recording, mixing: Within You Without You

The last song to be completed for the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album was Within You Without You.

Eight violins and three cellos were recorded onto track three, after which Harrison - the only member of The Beatles in attendance - overdubbed h...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 2, 1967 - 0 Comments

The Beatles in-between recording at EMI Studios in London

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 1, 1967 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 1, 1967

Recording, mixing: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

Studio One, EMI Studios, Abbey Road

The final song to be begun for the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album was a reprise of the title track. It was recorded in a single session on this day.

The session took place at EMI's ...

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