Recording, mixing: I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party, Rock And Roll Music, Words Of Love, Baby’s In Black, I’m A Loser, Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!, Honey Don’t, What You’re Doing, Another Beatles Christmas Record

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

Four recording and mixing sessions took place on this day at EMI Studios, for songs later released on Beatles For Sale. It was the last recording session for the album.

The first session was for mono mixing only, and lasted from 10am-12.45pm. The songs worked on were ‘I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party’, ‘Rock And Roll Music’, ‘Words Of Love’, ‘Baby’s In Black’, ‘I’m A Loser’ and ‘Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!’.

Like the first, the day’s brief second session took place in the control room of Studio Two, and lasted from 12.45-1.05pm. The Beatles watched George Martin create a stereo mix of Kansas City.

Label for the Beatles For Sale vinyl LP (side 2)

Session three was the first to involve a new recording. Between 4.30pm and 6.30pm The Beatles recorded ‘Honey Don’t’ in five takes, with Ringo Starr on vocals. John Lennon had previously sung the song live and for radio sessions, but Starr was in need of a vocal spot on the album.

The fourth session was from 7.30-10pm. The Beatles taped a remake of ‘What You’re Doing’ in seven takes, numbered 13-19. They had previously recorded the song on 29 and 30 September, but neither attempts were satisfactory.

The day’s final task was the recording and editing of Another Beatles Christmas Record, taped in five different takes. The recording was edited and sent to Lyntone Records, which pressed flexi-discs to be distributed in December 1964 to members of the group’s UK fan club.

Live: Hippodrome, Brighton
Mixing: What You're Doing, Honey Don't, Mr Moonlight, Every Little Thing, Eight Days A Week
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