Recording, mixing: Julia, Dear Prudence, Wild Honey Pie, Back In The USSR, Blackbird

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Ken Scott

The final song to be recorded for the White Album was Julia, John Lennon's tribute to his mother.


He chose to record the song simply, with just vocals and acoustic guitar. It took just three takes to perfect the guitar track, which was recorded onto four-track tape.

The mostly instrumental take two was included on 1996's Anthology 3, but take three became the basis for the album release. Onto it Lennon recorded two vocal tracks and a second acoustic guitar part, and the song was complete.

A stereo mix of Julia was then created, followed by one of Dear Prudence, two of Wild Honey Pie, and one apiece of Back In The USSR and Blackbird.

Mono mixes followed: one of Julia, five of Dear Prudence, and finally one of Blackbird. A suitable mono mix of Back In The USSR had been made on 23 August 1968.

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