Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Phil McDonald
The Beatles continued work on ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ during this 2.30-11.30pm session.
The backing track had been recorded on the previous day. During this overdub session, Paul McCartney added bass notes and arpeggios on the piano, George Martin played Hammond organ during the introduction and transitions back into the verses, George Harrison played some electric guitar fed through a Leslie speaker, and Ringo Starr hit an anvil during the choruses.
There was a proper blacksmith’s anvil brought to the studio for Ringo to hit. They had it rented from a theatrical agency.
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn
Vocals were then added. McCartney recorded his lead part, which he double tracked during the choruses. He and Harrison then overdubbed backing vocals, and were joined by Starr right at the end of the song. John Lennon did not participate in the recording of Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.
Towards the end of the session 13 stereo mixes of the song were made.
Also on this day...
- 2010: Paul McCartney live at AT&T Park, San Francisco
- 1968: Recording: Revolution
- 1964: Liverpool première of A Hard Day’s Night
- 1964: UK single and album release: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1963: Live: Winter Gardens, Margate
- 1963: Radio: Pop Go The Beatles
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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