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Beatles 50th Blog posts of '1969' 'July'

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 31, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Additional overdubs bring You Never Give Me Your Money to completion. Then, drums, tympani, and vocals are overdubbed onto Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 30, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios Two and Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Come Together, Polythene Pam / She Came In Through the Bathroom Window, You Never Give Me Your Money, and Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight. Then The Beatles begin to assemble the "medley" that will make up side two of the album. Paul McCartney tells tape operator, John Kurlander, to discard Her Majesty, but Kurlander can't bring himself to do so, tacking it onto the end of the medley tape, about 20 seconds after The End. The next day, when acetate discs are cut from the tape, Her Majesty is included. Hearing it like this, Paul likes it and decides to keep it, including the lengthy silence preceding it.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 29, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording a guitar overdub for Come Together. Then recording overdubs onto Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 28, 1969

Today the Beatles recorded Polythene Pam and She Came In Through The Bathroom Window.

Various instruments were added to the songs and the overdubs included acoustic and electric pianos and guitars, percussion and extra vocals.

Most of these went unused in the final mixes, however. The recordings took place in Studio Three between 2.30pm and 8pm, before a reduction mix was made in the control room of Studio Two. This was completed by 8.30pm, and the new mix was numbered take 40.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 27, 1969

It was a slow day for the Beatles today - at least in recording sessions.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 26, 1969

A break in the recording studio today

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 25, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard and Come Together. Then The Beatles record John Lennon's Polythene Pam and Paul McCartney's She Came In Through The Bathroom Window as one continuous piece (39 takes plus overdubs).

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 24, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Paul McCartney records a demo of his song, Come and Get It, which he intends to give to The Iveys. Paul will later produce The Iveys' recording of the song, persuade them to change their name to Badfinger, and arrange for Come and Get It to be selected as the theme song for the movie, "The Magic Christian." Later, The Beatles record Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard (35 takes). The two songs are recorded as one continuous work. The demo of Come and Get It was released on The Beatles Anthology 3 (Disc two, Track 18). Also on The Beatles Anthology 3 is a jam of Ain't She Sweet, recorded during this day's session (Disc two, Track 19).

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 23, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios Three and Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Come Together. Paul McCartney records another lead vocal for Oh! Darling. Recording The End (seven takes), which includes Ringo Starr's only drum solo on a Beatles recording.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 22, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Come Together. And Paul McCartney records yet another lead vocal for Oh! Darling, still looking for a satisfactory performance.

Overdubs were added to two Abbey Road songs during this 2.30-9.30pm recording session.