Olympic Sound Studios, Barnes, London
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Glyn Johns
Mono mixes of ‘Get Back’ had been made at Abbey Road on 26 March 1969, in preparation for its release as a single. However, when an acetate disc was played on BBC radio on 6 April, ahead of its release, Paul McCartney decided it needed more work.
Olympic Sound Studios was quickly booked for further remixing on this Easter Monday. McCartney was the only member of The Beatles present.
They’d already done a mono mix of Get Back and had acetates cut and didn’t like it. We tried it again but it wasn’t really happening any better and when we went to compare the two we hit a problem because Paul didn’t have a tape of that first mix with him, just an acetate. He and Glyn were very concerned with what the new mix was going to sound like on a cheap record player. Purely by chance, I happened to have a cheap record player in the back of my car, which I’d brought along to Olympic to have someone repair. We had an acetate cut from the new mix and then, using my record player, we were able to decide which of the two mixes was better. So the very first playing of the Get Back single, which sold millions, was on my little player!
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn
The day began with a fifth mono mix of Get Back, which was used for the single, followed by a first mono mix of ‘Don’t Let Me Down’. Stereo mixes of both songs – one apiece – were then made, for release in North America.
Also on this day...
- 2009: The Beatles’ remastered CDs to be released on 09/09/09
- 1967: Mixing: Sgt Pepper crossfades, With A Little Help From My Friends, Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!, Fixing A Hole, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
- 1967: Paul McCartney films Jane Asher in Denver, and has the idea for Magical Mystery Tour
- 1966: Recording: Tomorrow Never Knows, Got To Get You Into My Life
- 1965: Filming: Help!
- 1964: Filming: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1963: Live: Savoy Ballroom, Southsea, Portsmouth
- 1962: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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