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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 9, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios in London

A long (11:00 pm to 6:15 am) but decidedly unproductive session in which the Beatles committed to tape a mere sixteen minutes of an out-of-tune untitled instrumental jam comprising two guitars (one with vibrato effect), drums and a harmonium.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 8, 1967

The Beatles are enjoying their break before recording again.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 7, 1967

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

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 6, 1967

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

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 5, 1967

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

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 4, 1967

Studio Three, EMI Studios, London

Seven mono mixes of "Magical Mystery Tour", made from 7:00 to 11:15 pm.

There was some uncertainty whether mix five or seven was the best, though eventually the latter was selected to be used during the Magical Mystery Tour television special. Several sound effects were later added during film editing, including applause and coach noises.

None of the day's mixes were issued on record, however, as new mixes - and an additional vocal overdub - were made on 7 November 1967. At this stage, though, the song was considered complete.

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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

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

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The Beatles in-between recording at EMI Studios in London

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