Studios Two and Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: Chris Thomas
Engineer: Jeff Jarratt
Harrison worked alone on Old Brown Shoe, recording an organ part on track eight. He then overdubbed a guitar solo – fed through a Leslie speaker – onto track seven, after which the recording was complete.
The recording session was notably lengthy, lasting from 2.30-10.30pm in Studio Three. Harrison and producer Chris Thomas then mixed Old Brown Shoe in stereo in 19 attempts, which were numbered 5-23, in the studio control room. They completed the work at 1am.
Studio Two had also been booked for work on I Want You (She’s So Heavy). Harrison, Lennon, Thomas, balance engineer Jeff Jarratt and tape operator John Kurlander were present for the overdubbing of guitars, in a late session lasting from 1-4.30am.
On this early morning they added several unnumbered guitar overdubs, to build up the song’s crescendo. A reduction mix was then made to allow more work at a later date, and combined Lennon’s vocals and guitar on track eight.
John and George went into the far left-hand corner of number two to overdub those guitar. They wanted a massive sound so they kept tracking and tracking, over and over.
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn
A rough stereo mix was made at the end of the session, which was taken away by George Harrison.
Also on this day...
- 2018: New video for Ringo Starr’s Give More Love
- 1975: UK single release: Stand By Me by John Lennon
- 1966: Lennon and Harrison watch The Lovin’ Spoonful in London
- 1965: Mixing: Help!, The Night Before
- 1964: Recording: Around The Beatles
- 1964: Filming: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1963: Paul McCartney meets Jane Asher
- 1963: The Beatles are photographed by Fiona Adams
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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