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.
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.
Also on this day...
- 1973: UK single release: Helen Wheels by Wings
- 1965: The Beatles collect their MBEs
- 1965: Mixing: Drive My Car, Day Tripper, In My Life, If I Needed Someone, Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), Nowhere Man
- 1963: Live: Kungliga Tennishallen, Stockholm, Sweden
- 1962: Live: Public Hall, Preston
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
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Interesting that one session after absolutely plastering two cover tunes with reverb (“Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby” and “Rock and Roll Music” on 18 October) they would choose to leave their next cover (“Honey Don’t”) utterly dry.
It’s only the stereo that’s relatively dry. The mono is wet enough, but I made my comment after listening to the individual channels of the stereo. The left channel is almost entirely dry, and the right has just a touch of verb only on the vocal. Whereas the mono has reverb on just about everything, which means it must have been added at the mix stage.