Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: Chris Thomas/The Beatles
Engineer: Jeff Jarratt
He then overdubbed his lead vocals onto take 26, plus a second take in a falsetto voice. He then recorded two harmony vocal takes, mainly in the final verse. McCartney would re-record his vocals a number of times on subsequent days before being satisfied.
For Octopus’s Garden, McCartney played bass guitar, Starr drummed and sang a guide vocal, and John Lennon and George Harrison were on guitars, with Harrison’s guitar put through a Leslie speaker. Thirty-two takes were recorded; the second was included on 1996’s Anthology 3, along with Starr’s comment “Well that was superb” which followed take 8.
The eight-track tape had Paul McCartney’s bass guitar on track one; Starr’s drums on two; Harrison’s lead guitar on three; Lennon’s finger-picked rhythm guitar on four; and Starr’s guide vocals on eight.
The session began at 4.30pm and finished at 4.15am the following morning.
Also on this day...
- 1982: Album release: Tug Of War by Paul McCartney
- 1969: Mixing: John And Yoko
- 1967: Recording: Magical Mystery Tour
- 1966: Recording: And Your Bird Can Sing
- 1964: Live: NME Poll-Winners’ All-Star Concert
- 1963: Live: Music Hall, Shrewsbury
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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