Recording, mixing: Come And Get It, Sun King, Mean Mr Mustard

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineers: Geoff Emerick, Phil McDonald

This day began with an hour-long session in which Paul McCartney recorded a demo of his song Come And Get It for the group The Iveys, who later became Badfinger.

McCartney recorded the basic track on piano in a single take, as well as live vocals. John Lennon was present in the studio control room, and the balance engineer was Phil McDonald.

McCartney added drums and bass guitar to the piano and vocals, and the song was given a single stereo mix, all within the hour before George Harrison and Ringo Starr arrived at Abbey Road.

A copy of the mix was also made for McCartney to give to The Iveys. He produced their recording at EMI Studios on 2 August 1969.

The demo of Come And Get It was included on Anthology 3 in 1996, although this was a fake stereo mix – with the treble slashed in one channel and the bass in another – prepared by Geoff Emerick in the 1980s rather than the 1969 mix.

Anthology 3 album artwork

The rest of the day, from 3.30-10.30pm, was spent working on Sun King/Mean Mr Mustard, two John Lennon songs recorded as one for the Abbey Road medley. During this and the following day's session, the two songs were known under the working title Here Comes The Sun-King.

Thirty-five takes were recorded, with The Beatles all playing their conventional instruments: Lennon and Harrison on electric guitar, McCartney on bass guitar, and Starr on drums. A distortion pedal was used by McCartney during Mean Mr Mustard.

During the session Lennon led the group through a cover of Ain't She Sweet, followed by versions of Gene Vincent's Who Slapped John? and Be-Bop-A-Lula. As with Come And Get It, Ain't She Sweet was included on Anthology 3.

Recording: Oh! Darling, Come Together, The End
Recording: Sun King, Mean Mr Mustard, Come Together, Polythene Pam, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
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