Mixing: Lady Madonna, Rain, Octopus’s Garden

2.30pm, Tuesday 2 December 1969 (44 years ago)

Studio Two (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

In preparation for the release of the US compilation Hey Jude, stereo mixes of two of the songs were prepared on this day.

Hey Jude album artworkThe songs were Lady Madonna and Rain, which had previously only been mixed in mono. Each was mixed just once in this 2.30-5.30pm session.

A new stereo mix of Octopus’s Garden was also made, but for a different purpose. Ringo Starr had agreed to take part in an hour-long television special about George Martin, With A Little Help From My Friends, which was shown in the UK on 24 and 26 December 1969.

The mix of Octopus’s Garden omitted The Beatles’ bass guitar, lead guitar and piano, plus most of the vocals. These were re-recorded – with Starr and three session musicians – on 8 December at EMI Studios. The reason for this was a Musicians’ Union ban on miming to records; because the new parts were different from those on Abbey Road, it was enough to fool the union into thinking the show contained a live take.

One Response to “Mixing: Lady Madonna, Rain, Octopus’s Garden”

  1. Woody

    The stereo remix of Rain is also at standard pitch (i.e. faster in tempo and higher in pitch than the original mono version) – listen to them back-to-back and you’ll hear. I can’t find any info on this online or in Lewisohn’s book. Anyone know why this was done? Or if it was intentional.

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