Recording, mixing: Oh! Darling, Octopus’s Garden

2.30pm, Friday 18 July 1969 (44 years ago)

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

The day began with Paul McCartney‘s second attempt at recording a lead vocal take for Oh! Darling.

Studio Three was booked from 2.30-8pm, although McCartney’s vocals were done in just one take. He returned to the song again on 22 July before recording a final take on the following day.

The rest of the session was devoted to Octopus’s Garden. Ringo Starr recorded his lead vocals, which he manually double-tracked during the choruses. He also added drum fills before each chorus, which can be heard in the left channel of the final mix.

Following these overdubs the song was complete. From 8-10.30pm Octopus’s Garden was mixed in stereo in the control room of Studio Two. Five mixes, numbered 10-14, were made. Starr’s vocals in the verses were treated with artificial double tracking.

Seven mono mixes were also made, for unknown purposes, as Abbey Road was never considered for mono release. Octopus’s Garden was the only song on the album to be mixed in mono.

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