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Mixing: For You Blue

Room four, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: Phil Spector
Engineers: Mike Sheady, Eddie Klein

Phil Spector spent much of this day working on an idea which was never used: a 16-second tape loop using part of the instrumental break from George Harrison's For You Blue. Onto this he overlaid snatches of dialogue from members of the public recording during The Beatles' rooftop performance.

Several of these vox pops were used in the Let It Be film. In the end, however, Spector rejected the idea for the Let It Be album. Indeed, only one brief piece of dialogue from the entire film soundtrack reels made it onto the LP: John Lennon introducing For You Blue with the words "Queen says no to pot-smoking FBI members".

Mixing: The Long And Winding Road, Let It Be, Get Back, Maggie Mae

Room four, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: Phil Spector
Engineer: Peter Bown

Although it would later be subjected to strings, brass and choir overdubs, the stereo mixes of The Long And Winding Road made by Phil Spector on this day were a much simpler affair: they were used for the eventual orchestral score, and for the session musicians to hear while they performed during the 1 April session. Read more »

Mixing, editing: I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

Studios Two and Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineers: Geoff Emerick, Phil McDonald

Having begun work on it six months previously, The Beatles finally finished John Lennon's I Want You (She's So Heavy) on this day. It was also the final occasion on which all four members of the group were inside the Abbey Road studios together. Read more »