Mixing: What You’re Doing, Honey Don’t, Mr Moonlight, Every Little Thing, Eight Days A Week

Studio Two (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

Five songs for the Beatles For Sale album were mixed for mono and stereo on this day, ahead of the release date of 4 December 1964.

The day was divided into two sessions, which took place from 10am-12.30pm and 12.30-1pm. During the first, George Martin oversaw the mono mixes, working first on What You’re Doing and Honey Don’t. He then created two mixes of Mr Moonlight, from takes 4 and 8.

The fourth song to be worked on was Every Little Thing, and the day’s final two mono mixes were of Eight Days A Week, from takes 13 and 15. Martin then made edits of the two mixes of Mr Moonlight and Eight Days A Week.

For the second session, remarkably, four stereo mixes for Beatles For Sale were created in just half an hour. As before, two mixes of Eight Days A Week were made, followed by one each for Every Little Thing, What You’re Doing and Honey Don’t. The day’s work ended with an edit of the two stereo mixes of Eight Days A Week.

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