Studio Two (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
Five songs for the Beatles For Sale album were mixed for mono and stereo on this day, ahead of the release date of 4 December 1964.
The day was divided into two sessions, which took place from 10am-12.30pm and 12.30-1pm. During the first, George Martin oversaw the mono mixes, working first on ‘What You’re Doing’ and ‘Honey Don’t’. He then created two mixes of ‘Mr Moonlight’, from takes 4 and 8.
The fourth song to be worked on was ‘Every Little Thing’, and the day’s final two mono mixes were of ‘Eight Days A Week’, from takes 13 and 15. Martin then made edits of the two mixes of ‘Mr Moonlight’ and ‘Eight Days A Week’.
For the second session, remarkably, four stereo mixes for Beatles For Sale were created in just half an hour. As before, two mixes of ‘Eight Days A Week’ were made, followed by one each for ‘Every Little Thing’, ‘What You’re Doing’, and ‘Honey Don’t’. The day’s work ended with an edit of the two stereo mixes of ‘Eight Days A Week’.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr live: Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh
- 1986: US album release: Menlove Ave by John Lennon
- 1981: US album release: Stop And Smell The Roses by Ringo Starr
- 1969: Recording, mixing: Night And Day by Ringo Starr
- 1963: Live: Cirkus, Gothenburg, Sweden
- 1962: Live: Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight
- 1962: The Beatles’ first radio interview
- 1961: Live: Knotty Ash Village Hall, Liverpool
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
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The haste in which this day’s stereo mixes were created appears to have had a consequence: all four tunes mixed for stereo have reverb *only* in the right channel. A deliberate decision, or an oversight? I would guess oversight, as all the remaining BfS stereo mixes performed on 4 November spread the reverb across both channels.