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Recording: Across The Universe, The Long And Winding Road, I Me Mine

Studio One, Studio Three control room, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: Phil Spector
Engineer: Peter Bown

Of all Phil Spector's decisions for The Beatles' Let It Be, none would become as contentious as this, the orchestral and choral overdubs to Across The Universe, The Long And Winding Road and I Me Mine. Read more »

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: Dig It

Room four, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: Phil Spector
Engineer: Mike Sheady

Phil Spector's fourth day spent fashioning a usable long-player out of the myriad January 1969 session tapes found him working on Dig It and assembling snippets of dialogue to be used in between songs. Read more »

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: I’m Looking Through You, You Won’t See Me, Girl, Wait, The Word, Michelle

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

With recording for Rubber Soul completed on 11 November 1965, all that was left to do were final mono and stereo mixes, and the deciding of the running order. Read more »

Recording, mixing: Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Bad Boy

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

The Beatles recorded two Larry Williams songs on this evening, both of which were initially intended for Capitol Records, their label in North America. Dizzy Miss Lizzy and Bad Boy had been in the group's live set since their Cavern Club days. Read more »

Mixing, editing: A Hard Day’s Night album, Long Tall Sally EP

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

With The Beatles on tour in New Zealand, George Martin and his team at EMI Studios created a number of mono and stereo mixes for the A Hard Day's Night LP and the Long Tall Sally EP. Read more »

Recording, mixing, editing: Long Tall Sally, Matchbox, I Call Your Name, Slow Down, When I Get Home, Any Time At All, I’ll Cry Instead

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

While The Beatles were on tour in Denmark, George Martin oversaw a mixing, editing and overdub session at EMI Studios, for songs for the A Hard Day's Night LP and the Long Tall Sally EP. Read more »

Recording: Any Time At All, Things We Said Today, When I Get Home

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

Three songs for the non-soundtrack side of the A Hard Day's Night LP were recorded today: Any Time At All, Things We Said Today and When I Get Home. Read more »

Recording: Matchbox, I’ll Cry Instead, Slow Down, I’ll Be Back

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

During this day's two recording sessions The Beatles worked on a number of songs for the A Hard Day's Night LP and the Long Tall Sally EP. Read more »