Recording: I’m Looking Through You

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

It took The Beatles three different attempts to record Paul McCartney's song I'm Looking Through You: on this day and on 6 and 10 November. There was also an overdub session for vocals and handclaps on 11 November.


There were two scheduled sessions on this day. The first, from 2.30-7pm, was devoted to the rhythm track, with a single take recorded after lengthy rehearsals.

This version, as heard on 1996's Anthology 2, was more acoustic than the eventual released recording. The rhythm track contained handclaps, maracas and two acoustic guitars.

Overdubs were added during the evening session, which finished at 11.30pm. These included bass guitar and two vocal parts by McCartney, as well as one by John Lennon. It also featured electric guitar from George Harrison, and drums and harmonium - both played by Ringo Starr.

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2 responses on “Recording: I’m Looking Through You

  1. mike johnstone

    It took The Beatles three different attempts to record Paul McCartney’s song I’m Looking Through You: on this day and on 6 and 10 November. – actually four attempts including November 11, 1965.

    1. Joe Post author

      The first three dates were attempts at recording the backing track. They kept remaking it until the 10th, when they ended up with a version they were happy with. 11 November was an overdub session for vocals and handclaps, so I don’t really class it as an attempt to record the song – they virtually had it in the bag by that point. But I accept the wording could be clearer, so I’ll amend the text.

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