Recording, mixing: You Can’t Do That, Can’t Buy Me Love, I Should Have Known Better, And I Love Her

10.00am, Wednesday 26 February 1964 (50 years ago)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

The day after The Beatles finished recording Can’t Buy Me Love and You Can’t Do That, both songs were given mono mixes.

The purpose of the mixes was for the songs’ release as a single in the UK and US the following month. The mixing took place in a three-hour session from 10am to 1pm, in the control room of Studio Two.

Different mixes of You Can’t Do That were made for the two countries. George Martin made four in total: the first was unused, numbers two and four were sent to the US, and remix three was used on the UK pressing.

The Beatles arrived for the afternoon recording session, which lasted from 2.30-5.30pm. They recorded a remake of John Lennon‘s I Should Have Known Better, following their initial attempts on the previous day. Takes 4-22 were recorded on this day, including overdubs. The final version was the basic track from take nine, with a double-tracked vocal and harmonica overdub from take 22.

A third session took place from 7-10pm. Takes 3-19 of a remake of Paul McCartney‘s And I Love Her were recorded, but the recordings were deemed unsatisfactory. The Beatles finally completed the song the next day.

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