Recording, mixing: Fixing A Hole

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

The Beatles finished recording the Sgt Pepper song ‘Fixing A Hole’ during this session, having begun it at Regent Sound Studio in London on 9 February 1967.

The session began at 7pm and finished at 12.45am. The Beatles intended to record a remake of the song, but after one attempt – numbered take 1, despite the previous three – they decided the results of the earlier session were adequate.

Take two from the Regent Sound tape was subjected to a reduction mix to free up space. This became known as take three, even though a take with that number already existed. The mix combined the lead guitars and backing vocals on track three, and two lead vocal parts combined on track four.

Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics for Fixing A Hole

This left track two vacant. Onto it The Beatles recorded another rhythm track, which featured Paul McCartney on bass guitar, George Martin playing a second harpsichord part, and Ringo Starr on drums. The song’s final master therefore contained two bass guitar parts, two harpsichords, and two different drum tracks.

‘Fixing A Hole’ was then mixed in mono. Five were made, numbered RM2-6, even though there had been no previous mix numbered one.

The final version of the song was an edit of mixes three and six. This was made at the end of the session; the join can be heard at the 2:06 mark.

Last updated: 22 June 2023
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