The delay was for two main reasons: The Beatles were focused on the completion of the White Album, and Martin wished to re-record his orchestral score. The initial sessions for the latter took place at Olympic Sound Studios, and were engineered by Keith Grant and George Chkiantz.
The date(s) of the Olympic sessions are not known, although the results were included in the Yellow Submarine film, which premiered on 17 July 1968. The first part of the film score to be re-recorded was ‘A Beginning’, which was remade on 22 July as an introduction for ‘Don’t Pass Me By’.
On 22 and 23 October 1968 Martin conducted the 41-strong George Martin Orchestra in Studio One at EMI Studios. He co-produced the sessions with Ron Richards and John Burgess, with Geoff Emerick engineering and Nick Webb the tape op.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Paul McCartney live: First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York
- 2014: Ringo Starr live: Maxwell C King Center for the Performing Arts, Melbourne, Florida
- 2009: Paul McCartney announces European tour
- 1991: US album release: Liverpool Oratorio by Paul McCartney
- 1984: Album release: Give My Regards To Broad Street by Paul McCartney
- 1968: George Harrison produces Is This What You Want? by Jackie Lomax
- 1966: George and Pattie Harrison leave India
- 1965: Recording: In My Life, Nowhere Man
- 1964: Live: Odeon Cinema, Leeds
- 1964: Mixing: I Feel Fine
- 1962: Live: Queen’s Hall, Widnes
- 1961: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
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