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31 December 2018
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I have a question about how they used the tracks on the mixing desk. Early on the channels contained vocals in one in instruments in the other, and slowly they branched out to include other things in other tracks when they got them, but did they ever devote one of their precious 4 or 8 tracks to a kick drum? 

As a more broad and very related note, did they have more than one track for drums or were they always folded down into one?

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31 December 2018
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When they recorded on 4 track, they typically recorded the backing track on one channel, so the drums are often welded together with the rhythm guitar and bass.

Here's a look at I Feel Fine , since we have written documentation of it and it's a good example of how they used each track:

Track 1:

Backing track (Rhythm guitar, Lead guitar, bass, drums)

Track 2:

Guitar solo

Track 3:

Vocals

Track 4:

Double tracked vocals

Once they switched over to 8 track, everything got it's own track but still, the drums were recorded in mono.

IIRC The only time Ringo recorded his drums in stereo was for Get Back /Don't Let Me Down and The End .

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31 December 2018
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Thank you @Dark Overlord apple01

I remembered The End but forgot the other 2 so that's food for thought.

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31 December 2018
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Multilayered songs like A Day In The Life and other pepper tracks would record separate percussion parts along with say, acoustic guitar. They would fit extra instruments onto a track to avoid extra reduction mixes. If you look at the session notes for ADITL you’ll find some interesting combos. Same with Lucy In The Sky W/ Diamonds. 

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*geeks out* wow, they wee such simple recordings, weren't they? No multilayered studio wizardry there, and yet they're so fresh and vibrant (unless it's that terrible stereo on headphones, ewwww... a-hard-days-night-paul-7)

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