Category Archives: Studio

Mixing: A Hard Day’s Night

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

George Martin had created mono and stereo mixes of the song A Hard Day's Night for United Artists on 16 April 1964.

On this day, however, he made another mono mix, which was used on the EMI LP A Hard Day's Night, and on the single.

Recording: Around The Beatles

IBC Studios, Portland Place, London
Producer: Jack Good
Engineer: Alan Florence
Tape operator: Peter Robinson

The television special Around The Beatles, which was filmed on 28 April 1964, included mimed musical performances. However, the music used wasn't the EMI recordings; a new soundtrack was recorded on this and the previous day at the independent IBC (International Broadcasting Company) Studios, at 35 Portland Place in central London. Read more »

Mixing: Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand, Sie Liebt Dich

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

While The Beatles were filming A Hard Day's Night at Twickenham Film Studios, George Martin oversaw stereo mixes of the group's two German-language recordings, Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand and Sie Liebt Dich.

The session took place from 10am to midday. After the mixes were ready, copies were sent to West Germany and the USA for release.

Recording, mixing: Can’t Buy Me Love, Long Tall Sally, I Call Your Name, You Can’t Do That, Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand, Sie Liebt Dich

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

The existence of this session came to light in 1991, after studio documentation was discovered by EMI. It took place from 10am to 1pm, and involved an intriguing overdub onto Can't Buy Me Love. Read more »

Mixing: I Call Your Name

Studio Three (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin

In an hour-long session, without The Beatles being present, George Martin created a mono mix of John Lennon's song I Call Your Name.

The mix was never used in the UK, but was released in the US on the Capitol Records release The Beatles' Second Album, and in Canada on the Long Tall Sally LP.

Mixing: I Should Have Known Better, If I Fell, Tell Me Why, And I Love Her, I’m Happy Just To Dance With You, I Call Your Name

Studio One (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

The Beatles were filming their debut feature film A Hard Day's Night on this day, so were not present for the mono mixing of songs recorded so far for the soundtrack. Read more »

Recording: I’m Happy Just To Dance With You, Long Tall Sally, I Call Your Name

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

The Beatles' first Sunday recording session lasted just over three hours, in which time they recorded three songs. The first was I'm Happy Just To Dance With You. Read more »

Recording, mixing: You Can’t Do That, Can’t Buy Me Love, I Should Have Known Better, And I Love Her

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

The day after The Beatles finished recording Can't Buy Me Love and You Can't Do That, both songs were given mono mixes. Read more »

Recording: Can’t Buy Me Love, You Can’t Do That, And I Love Her, I Should Have Known Better

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

Although The Beatles had taped much of Can't Buy Be Love while in Paris on 29 January 1964, the first scheduled recording sessions for the A Hard Day's Night LP took place on this day. It was also George Harrison's 21st birthday, which was celebrated in the evening. Read more »

Recording: Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand, Sie Liebt Dich, Can’t Buy Me Love

EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, 62 Rue de Sevres, Paris
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

A busy day for The Beatles, and their first - and only - EMI recording session outside the United Kingdom. John Lennon and George Harrison flew back to Paris on an early flight from London, following their brief return to England the previous day. Read more »

Recording: The Beatles’ Christmas Record, You Really Got A Hold On Me, I Want To Hold Your Hand, This Boy

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

The Beatles' first four-track recording session took place on this day, with the group taping their fifth UK single, a Christmas message for their fan club members, and a single take of You Really Got A Hold On Me. Read more »