Recording, mixing: Here Comes The Sun

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Phil McDonald

Work continued on the Abbey Road song Here Comes The Sun, with further overdubs and some early mixes.

The previous day had seen the taping of the song’s backing track in 13 takes, plus an acoustic guitar overdub. This day, meanwhile, was mostly devoted to vocals.

Here Comes The Sun EP artwork – Mexico

Starr overdubbed drum fills and Harrison added more electric guitar onto track five, with the guitar played through a Leslie speaker. Harrison then recorded lead vocals on track six, and he and McCartney added two sets of backing vocals to tracks seven and eight, wiping the previous day’s guide vocals in the process.

Seven of the eight available tracks on the tape were now full, so it was decided that a reduction mix should be made for further work to take place. Two of these mixes were made, numbered 14 and 15, the last of which was judged to be better. It combined the acoustic guitar, electric guitar and drum fills on track three.

A rough mono mix of take 15 was made towards the end of the 2.30-10.45pm session, and was taken away by Harrison.

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