Recording, mixing: Dear Prudence

Trident Studios, St Anne’s Court, London
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Barry Sheffield

The Beatles completed the recording of Dear Prudence during this 5-11pm session, which took place at Trident Studios, an eight-track facility in London’s Soho.

Paul McCartney was the only Beatle to play at the session, recording piano and flügelhorn parts.

Rough mono and stereo mixes were also made on this day, although neither was used on the White Album. A second mono mix, also unused, was made on 5 October 1968, and final mixes were made at Abbey Road on 13 October.

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5 responses on “Recording, mixing: Dear Prudence

  1. Lauriesmithuk

    The end drumming solo was done by ringo on dear Prudence, Paul was  not able to do it, it was too complicated, so Ringo over dubbed it, Lol

    1. paulsbass

       Not THAT again… Listen to the isolated drums, there is at least one overdub, so you’re right, Paul didn’t do it IN ONE TAKE, he overdubbed a second drum track.
      And it’s NOT that complicated, when isolated it’s sounds even a bit  clumsy.
      All Paul, no Ringo (who was NOT there).

    2. paulsbass

       Not THAT again… Listen to the isolated drums, there is at least one overdub, so you’re right, Paul didn’t do it IN ONE TAKE, he overdubbed a second drum track.
      And it’s NOT that complicated, when isolated it’s sounds even a bit  clumsy.
      All Paul, no Ringo (who was NOT there).

    3. Joe - The Beatles Bible

      This was done to death on the Dear Prudence song page. OK, reasons why it’s not Ringo:
      1. There is no studio record to say the song was worked on after he returned to the group. EMI was very meticulous about note keeping during sessions.
      2. No eyewitness from the sessions has ever said Ringo overdubbed drums onto McCartney’s work. If that were to happen it’d be worth reconsidering.
      3. As paulsbass said, if you listen to the isolated drum track the playing isn’t all that good anyway. It falters in places, and the timing isn’t great. If it was Ringo it’s certainly not one of his best performances, but I’m inclined to believe it’s McCartney all the way.

    4. Joe - The Beatles Bible

      This was done to death on the Dear Prudence song page. OK, reasons why it’s not Ringo:
      1. There is no studio record to say the song was worked on after he returned to the group. EMI was very meticulous about note keeping during sessions.
      2. No eyewitness from the sessions has ever said Ringo overdubbed drums onto McCartney’s work. If that were to happen it’d be worth reconsidering.
      3. As paulsbass said, if you listen to the isolated drum track the playing isn’t all that good anyway. It falters in places, and the timing isn’t great. If it was Ringo it’s certainly not one of his best performances, but I’m inclined to believe it’s McCartney all the way.

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