The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios Two and Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Come Together, Polythene Pam / She Came In Through the Bathroom Window, You Never Give Me Your Money, and Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight. Then The Beatles begin to assemble the "medley" that will make up side two of the album. Paul McCartney tells tape operator, John Kurlander, to discard Her Majesty, but Kurlander can't bring himself to do so, tacking it onto the end of the medley tape, about 20 seconds after The End. The next day, when acetate discs are cut from the tape, Her Majesty is included. Hearing it like this, Paul likes it and decides to keep it, including the lengthy silence preceding it.
Today the Beatles recorded Polythene Pam and She Came In Through The Bathroom Window.
Various instruments were added to the songs and the overdubs included acoustic and electric pianos and guitars, percussion and extra vocals.
Most of these went unused in the final mixes, however. The recordings took place in Studio Three between 2.30pm and 8pm, before a reduction mix was made in the control room of Studio Two. This was completed by 8.30pm, and the new mix was numbered take 40.
The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard and Come Together. Then The Beatles record John Lennon's Polythene Pam and Paul McCartney's She Came In Through The Bathroom Window as one continuous piece (39 takes plus overdubs).
The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Paul McCartney records a demo of his song, Come and Get It, which he intends to give to The Iveys. Paul will later produce The Iveys' recording of the song, persuade them to change their name to Badfinger, and arrange for Come and Get It to be selected as the theme song for the movie, "The Magic Christian." Later, The Beatles record Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard (35 takes). The two songs are recorded as one continuous work. The demo of Come and Get It was released on The Beatles Anthology 3 (Disc two, Track 18). Also on The Beatles Anthology 3 is a jam of Ain't She Sweet, recorded during this day's session (Disc two, Track 19).
The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios Three and Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Come Together. Paul McCartney records another lead vocal for Oh! Darling. Recording The End (seven takes), which includes Ringo Starr's only drum solo on a Beatles recording.
The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Come Together. And Paul McCartney records yet another lead vocal for Oh! Darling, still looking for a satisfactory performance.
Overdubs were added to two Abbey Road songs during this 2.30-9.30pm recording session.
The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios Three and Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording Come Together (8 takes). John Lennon’s stream of consciousness lyrics (part autobiographical, part sexual innuendo) are the song’s highlight. Chillingly, each verse is introduced with Lennon whispering “shoot me.” Engineer, Geoff Emerick, returns to working full-time with The Beatles. He had quit working with them when tensions and tempers ran high during the "White Album" recording sessions. Now Emerick is chief balance engineer at Apple Studios, and when he comes into the Abbey Road studios as a freelance engineer, his old EMI buddies turn a cold shoulder to him. Take 1 of Come Together was released on The Beatles Anthology 3 (Disc two, Track 17).
Today there was a session from 2:30 to midnight. Overdubs were added to three Abbey Road songs and George Harrison added extra lead guitar to the chouruses. Then he and Paul taped more vocals to "Silver hammer, man".
Then the attention returned to Something, which had been started in May 1969 but left unfinished. On this day Harrison recorded his lead vocals, which he double-tracked in the choruses.
The eight-track tape was now full, so a reduction mix was required to allow for further work on Something. This mix was numbered take 37, and combined the piano and lead guitar onto track one, and both vocal tracks onto track seven. Otherwise the recording was unchanged: drums remained on track two, bass guitar was on five, rhythm guitar was on track six, and Billy Preston's organ part was on eight.
It has been reported that Harrison later re-recorded his lead guitar part during the 15 August orchestral overdub session. However, the take 37 reduction mix made on this day contains Harrison's final solo, recorded on 5 May.
Tracks three and four were left clear for the time being. Harrison re-recorded his vocals later that week, however, rendering this reduction mix unnecessary. Four rough stereo mixes were also made during this session.
The session ended with a bass guitar part added to You Never Give Me Your Money, which was played by Paul McCartney and recorded onto track seven of the tape.
The Beatles began recording of the Abbey Road song Maxwell's Silver Hammer on this date.
Over a week earlier, John Lennon and Yoko Ono had been in a car crash in Scotland, and this was his first session back after recuperating from the accident. Yoko's injuries were more severe and a huge double-bed was taken to the studio. An ambulance brought Yoko in and she was lowered down onto the bed, with a microphone over her in case she wanted to participate - Martine Benge, the studio technician remarked 'Now we've seen it all, folks!'
Maxwell's Silver Hammer had previously been performed the previous January during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions. Paul McCartney was convinced it was a potential single, but the rest of the group were less enthusiastic.
Aside from a Moog overdub in August, the song was completed in three consecutive sessions in July 1969. On this first day 16 takes of the backing track were recorded, with McCartney on piano and guide vocals, George Harrison playing bass guitar, and Ringo Starr on drums.
It's not considered one of the Beatles' most notable tunes. It even came close to making our list of their worst songs. "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" is nonetheless important for other reasons.
On July 9, 1969, they began recording the track with one of the most famous stories in Beatles lore -- and a memorably old-fashioned sound to boot. The Beatles were rock n' rollers, but except for the Kinks, no other major British rock band was as influenced by British music hall as they were. The style -- not dissimilar from American vaudeville -- infused their wit, and several other late-period songs: "Penny Lane," "Honey Pie" and "Your Mother Should Know" owe a debt to the genre.
Those tracks, as with "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," were all written by Paul McCartney, whose perfectionist and domineering ways had alienated the other three members throughout attempts earlier in the year to record the LP that would become Let It Be. The story of this song, in fact, stretches across two albums: A clip of them rehearsing it -- complete with Paul calling out the chords -- is in the documentary from those prior sessions. And while most of the recording for Abbey Road went far more smoothly, the other Beatles were none too happy when McCartney returned to this jaunty little ditty about a man who seduces and kills women.
US release of the John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band single Give Peace a Chance / Remember Love (Apple). 9 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #14.
The Beatles were in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording Here Comes the Sun (13 takes and an overdub). John Lennon is still absent due to his automobile accident in Scotland.
The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight. The Beatles (Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr) take some time off to listen to the BBC radio broadcast of the ladies' Wimbledon tennis championship. John Lennon has not yet recovered from injuries sustained on July 1 in an auto accident in Scotland.
The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight. Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are in the studio, but John Lennon is still in the hospital in Scotland, recovering from injuries sustained in an auto accident.
Paul McCartney arrived at the studio to tape Her Majesty. The song had been written in October 1968, and was premiered during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions on 9 and 24 January.
McCartney recorded three takes of the song, the first two of which were incomplete, with just vocals and acoustic guitar. At the end of the third attempt McCartney listened to a playback, and Her Majesty became a contender for the Abbey Road medley.
John Lennon didn't attend this session as he was recuperating from a car crash in Scotland. Once George Harrison and Ringo Starr arrived, however, they began work on Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight, which at this stage had the working title Golden Slumbers.
The Beatles recorded 15 takes of the backing track, which consisted of Starr's drums, Harrison's bass guitar, and McCartney's piano and lead vocals. The session ended at 8.30pm, and the best of the takes were edited together the following day to create the final backing track.
Three new Abbey Road songs were recorded on this day, although two of those were taped as one.