De Lane Lea Recording Studios, London
Engineer: Dave Siddle
The Beatles recorded away from EMI Studios once again on 25 May 1967, moving to the independent De Lane Lea Studios, then situated at 129 Kingsway, London.
The purpose of the session was the recording of George Harrison’s song ‘It’s All Too Much’ for the Yellow Submarine film soundtrack. Neither producer George Martin nor balance engineer Geoff Emerick were available, so the studio’s in-house engineer Dave Siddle and tape operator Mike Weighell did the honours.
Following considerable rehearsals the backing track for ‘It’s All Too Much’ was recorded in four takes on this day, though at this point the song was known simply as ‘Too Much’. It featured organ, bass guitar, distorted lead guitar and drums. The session took place from 7pm-2.30am.
Work on ‘It’s All Too Much’ continued at De Lane Lea on 31 May and 2 June 1967.
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- 1965: John Lennon is interviewed in Cannes
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- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- 1960: Live: St Thomas’ Hall, Keith, Scotland
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What a great opening that song has, especially the guitar. I would love to read more about that.
George on Hammond organ, John on lead guitar, Paul on bass, and Ringo on drums.