Recording, mixing: Fixing A Hole

7.00pm, Tuesday 21 February 1967 (47 years ago)

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

The Beatles finished recording the Sgt Pepper song Fixing A Hole during this session, having begun it at Regent Sound Studio in London on 9 February 1967.

The session began at 7pm and finished at 12.45am. The Beatles intended to record a remake of the song, but after one attempt – numbered take 1, despite the previous three – they decided the results of the earlier session were adequate.

Take two from the Regent Sound tape was then subjected to a reduction mix to free up space. This became known as take three, even though a take with that number already existed. The mix combined the lead guitar and backing vocals.

Paul McCartney then recorded over his guide vocals and John Lennon‘s rhythm guitar, adding in their place a new lead vocal performance. On the fourth track he double-tracked his vocals in places.

Fixing A Hole was then mixed in mono. Five were made, numbered 2-6, even though there had been no previous mix numbered one.

The final version of the song was an edit of mixes three and six. This was made at the end of the session, and can be heard at the 2’06 mark on the album.

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