Olympic Sound Studios, Barnes, London
Producer: Glyn Johns
This two-hour session away from Abbey Road was ostensibly a remix session for the songs ‘Let It Be’ and ‘For You Blue’.
The session was led by Glyn Johns, who had been instructed by The Beatles to prepare a version of the Get Back/Let It Be tapes suitable for release as a long-player.
Stereo remixes of both songs were made on this night, along with a vocal overdub onto ‘For You Blue’ by George Harrison.
It took place at Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes, London, where The Beatles had recorded occasionally since 11 May 1967, when they taped the backing track for ‘Baby You’re A Rich Man’.
This was Harrison’s last Beatles session until the Anthology recordings in the 1990s. It is not known whether any of the other Beatles attended.
Also on this day...
- 1969: Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day five
- 1965: Live: Another Beatles Christmas Show
- 1964: Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show
- 1963: Television: Roundup
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According to the Paul McCartney’s diary, he was also present on this day for the “Let It Be” mix.
January 8, 1970 as the date George was supposed to re-record vocals for his song For You Blue may not be correct. At: https://www.beatlesource.com/bs/mains/audio/GetBack/comp4/comp4.html there is an interesting article about the 4th compilation of the planned Get Back album. As its author notes:
“Also, probably sometime during early January 1970, George recorded a new vocal for “For You Blue”. Mark Lewisohn indicates that this was probably 8 January (and subsequently, John Winn does, too). However, a mix including both vocals is featured on this fourth compilation (…). The tape box for this compilation clearly dates it as 5 January. Either, Glyn spliced an 8 January mix onto the 5 January reel or, since the new vocal was recorded at Olympic Studios (for which documentation is more sketchy than E.M.I.), perhaps the vocal was recorded prior to 5 January. “