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Recording: A Day In The Life

Studio One, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick One of the most significant Beatles recording sessions took place on this day: the orchestral overdubs for A Day In The Life.

Recording: Fixing A Hole

Regent Sound Studio, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Adrian Ibbetson This was The Beatles’ first EMI recording session to take place in a British studio other than Abbey Road. The studios there were all booked on this day, so the group decamped to Regent Sound Studio at 164-166 Tottenham Court Road, London.

Recording: Good Morning Good Morning

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The Beatles recorded eight takes of the rhythm track for the Sgt Pepper song Good Morning Good Morning on this evening, in a session which began at 7pm and ended at 2.15am the following morning.

Recording: A Day In The Life

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick Further overdubs were added onto A Day In The Life during this session, which began at 7pm and finished at 1.15am the following morning. Each of them involved replacing previously-recorded parts.

Recording: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick Paul McCartney had the idea for Sgt Pepper during a flight from Kenya to England in November 1966. On this day they began recording the title song.

Mixing: A Day In The Life

Studio Three (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick A rough mono mix of A Day In The Life was made in the control room of Studio Three on this day. It was for demo purposes and wasn’t intended for release, as recording wasn’t yet complete on the song.

Mixing: Penny Lane

Studio One (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The recording of Penny Lane had finished on 17 January 1967, but work wasn’t completed to The Beatles’ satisfaction until this day.

Recording: A Day In The Life

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick This second session for A Day In The Life began with three reduction mixes to reduce four tracks down to two. Afterwards the rhythm parts were on track one and the vocals, double tracked at times, and occasional piano onto track two.

Recording: A Day In The Life

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The Beatles began work on the finale of their Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album on this day, recording four takes of A Day In The Life.

Recording, mixing: Penny Lane

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The recording of Penny Lane was completed during this session, which began at 7pm and finished at 12.30am the following morning.

Recording, mixing: Penny Lane

Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick This session, which began at 2.30pm and ended at 11pm, saw the second set of session musicians record contributions to Penny Lane, following the 9 January 1967 addition of flutes of trumpets.

Recording: Penny Lane

Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The Beatles switched from Studio Two to the smaller Studio Three for this overdub session for Penny Lane, which took place from 7pm to 1.40am.

Recording, mixing: Penny Lane

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick Penny Lane was almost complete prior to this session, but required some additional overdubs by session musicians.

Recording: Penny Lane

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick On 4 January 1967 The Beatles had added piano and guitar parts to track two of the Penny Lane four-track tape. During this session those overdubs were wiped, and replaced with rhythm guitar, bass guitar, drums and congas, the latter played by John… Read more »

Recording: Penny Lane, Carnival Of Light

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The Beatles worked on two recordings during this session: their next single Penny Lane, and a long-unreleased piece known as Carnival Of Light.

Recording: Penny Lane

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The Beatles’ first recording session of 1967 saw work continue on Penny Lane.

Mixing, recording: When I’m Sixty-Four, Penny Lane

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The Beatles continued work on Penny Lane on this day. This was the second session for the song, and took place from 7pm to 3am.