Recording: Here Comes The Sun, Something

2.30pm, Wednesday 16 July 1969 (44 years ago)

Studios Two and Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Phil McDonald

The Beatles worked on two George Harrison songs during this day’s recording sessions.

The first session took place in Studio Three from 2.30-7pm. Harmonium and handclaps were overdubbed onto take 15 of Here Comes The Sun.

From 7pm to 12.30am work switched to Studio Two, and focused on the song Something. A reduction mix of the song, numbered take 37, had been made on 11 July 1969, but Harrison ignored it and re-recorded his lead vocals, with harmonies from Paul McCartney and handclaps by Harrison, McCartney and Starr.

Two new reduction mixes were then made to free up more space. These were numbered takes 38 and 39, and combined piano and lead guitar on track one, drums and percussion on two, bass guitar on track five, guitar through a Leslie speaker on six, vocals on seven, and organ on eight. Tracks three and four were left available for George Martin’s orchestral overdubs.

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