Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick
This was the second recording session for ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’, and saw vocal overdubs added to the previous day’s recordings.
Paul McCartney began by adding lead vocals onto take four. A reduction mix was then made to create more space for further overdubs, which was labelled take five.
McCartney then double-tracked his lead vocals, with backing vocals by John Lennon and George Harrison. During the final verse McCartney sang a harmony part to the earlier recording.
This version of ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ remained unused, as the song was given two remakes before it was judged suitable for release.
Last updated: 6 July 2022
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- 1967: George Harrison visits his parents
- 1966: Live: Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, Manila, Philippines
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- 1963: Editing, mixing: She Loves You, I’ll Get You
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
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I don’t understand why Ob La Di Ob La Da is so hated, I enjoy that song very much. Paul McCartney did a good job on that song, the ska style music is simply amazing.
Just because John Lennon disliked that song, does not it mean it’s bad.