Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Ken Scott
He chose to record the song simply, with just vocals and acoustic guitar. It took just three takes to perfect the guitar track, which was recorded onto four-track tape.
The mostly instrumental take two was included on 1996’s Anthology 3, but take three became the basis for the album release. Onto it Lennon recorded two vocal tracks and a second acoustic guitar part, and the song was complete.
Mono mixes followed: one of Julia, five of Dear Prudence, and finally one of Blackbird. A suitable mono mix of Back In The USSR had been made on 23 August 1968.
For the mono mix everything came out OK, but the stereo mix took a long, long time and I was holding the pencil to keep the effects tape taught. I guess I must have been leaning back on it and started to stretch it, because the mono has this clear, clean lovely jet sound while the stereo is an abomination of a jet sound.
The Beatles, super deluxe edition
Back In The USSR was mixed in mono on the same day, during which they added the sound of a Viscount aeroplane taking off and landing. The stereo mix was made on 13 October.
The effects had been recorded at London Airport, and came from the tape Volume 17: Jet and Piston Engine Aeroplane from Abbey Road’s collection.
Also on this day...
- 2017: Ringo Starr live at Planet Hollywood Resort, Las Vegas
- 2015: Paul McCartney live at Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
- 2015: Ringo Starr live at Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB, Canada
- 2014: Paul McCartney live at American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
- 2008: PS I don’t love you: Ringo tells fans to stop writing
- 1965: Recording: Drive My Car
- 1964: Live: ABC Cinema, Wigan
- 1963: Beatlemania begins: Sunday Night At The London Palladium
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
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