Recording, mixing: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

7.00pm, Monday 6 March 1967 (47 years ago)

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

Although The Beatles had finished the music for the song Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on 3 March 1967, it still wasn’t complete. During this session they added sound effects to give the impression of Sgt Pepper’s band putting on a concert.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles

The sound of the band warming up came from the 10 February orchestral overdub for A Day In The Life – the session musicians had been recorded before the overdub began in case the sounds proved useful at a later date.

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band also required the sound of an audience taking their seats, applauding and laughing. These came from EMI’s archive library of sound effects – the tapes in question were Volume 28: Audience Applause and Atmosphere, Royal Albert Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Volume 6: Applause and Laughter.

Towards the end of the session, which ran until 12.30am, two mono and eight stereo mixes of the song were made. These were numbered 2-3 and 1-8 respectively, and the last of each was used on the album.

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