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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 3, 1967

Studio Three, EMI Studios, London

The overdub of trumpets onto "Magical Mystery Tour", played by David Mason (his third Beatles session in as many months), Elgar Howarth, Roy Copestake and John Wilbraham. Each musician was paid £30: £15 for the basic session and an additional £15 because it ran over time, starting at 7:00 pm, but not finishing until 12:15 am.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 2, 1967

The Beatles are in-between recording at EMI Studios in London.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 1, 1967

The Beatles in-between recording at EMI Studios in London

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 30, 1967

The Beatles in-between recording at EMI Studios in London.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 29, 1967

John Lennon attends the 14 Hour Technicolour Dream

On this day, and into the night, a benefit party for the underground newspaper International Times was held at London's Alexandra Palace.

The 14 Hour Technicolour dream was a multi-artist happening featuring poets, artists and musicians. The headline act was Pink Floyd, and the other performers included Arthur Brown, Soft Machine, Tomorrow, The Pretty Things and Yoko Ono.

John Lennon and John Dunbar saw a news item about the event on the television at Lennon's home in Weybridge while tripping on LSD, and decided to attend. Lennon called his driver who took them to the venue. Film footage from the event shows Lennon.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 28, 1967

The Beatles are taking a short break from recording.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 27, 1967

The Beatles again in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording vocals for the song Magical Mystery Tour. Overdubbing from 7:00 pm to 12:45 am.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 26, 1967

Studio Three, EMI Studios, London

Overdubbing of bass, maracas, cowbell, tambourines, and backing vocal shouts onto "Magical Mystery Tour" took up the lion's share of this 7:00 pm to 2:00 am session. Another reduction mixdown then took take eight into take nine.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 25, 1967

Recording: Magical Mystery Tour

Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

The Beatles began work on the title track of what would become their next film and EP/LP release, Magical Mystery Tour, recording three takes of the backing track.

The group rehearsed the song extensively in the studio before recording began, with Paul McCartney guiding the group from the piano. Eventually they taped a rhythm track of two guitars, piano and drums.

Satisfied with take three, The Beatles then oversaw five reduction mixes to free up extra tracks on the tape. The last of these, numbered take eight, was used for further overdubs on subsequent days.

The group also assembled a tape loop of traffic noises, taken from EMI's sound effects collection Volume 36: Traffic Noise Stereo. This was added to the song during a final mixing session on November 7, 1967.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 24, 1967

The Beatles are taking a break from recording