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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 14, 1968

Studio Two, EMI Studios in London

Ringo flew out to Sardinia for a two week vacation. He left the final mixing and judgement to the three remaining Beatles and the production team. This was the last session for "Savoy Truffle" being completed with overdubs of an organ and an electric piano, a second electric guitar part, tambourine and bongos. The remainder of the session was devoted to mixing "I Will, Birthday, Yer Blues, Sexy Sadie and What's the new Mary Jane going into stereo, Savoy Truffle and While My Guitar Gently Weeps into mono and stereo and Long Long Long" into mono.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 13, 1968

Studio Two, EMI Studios in London

This was the Beatles first session on a Sunday since "Hey Bulldog". John Lennon completed the ballad "Julia". He taped it alone, the only solo Lennon recording in the Beatles Canon - by twice singing alone to his acoustic guitar accompaniment. A spot of mixing completed this session, "Julia, Dear Prudence and Blackbird" were mixed into mono and stereo, "Wild Honey Pie" and "Back In the USSR" into stereo only.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 12, 1968

Studio Two, EMI Studios in London

Saturday night mixing with stereo and mono mixes of "Everybody's got something to hide except me and my Monkey, Mother Nature's Son and Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da", stereo of "Helter Skelter" and mono only of "Long Long Long"

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 11, 1968

EMI Studios, London

"Savoy Truffle" still needed some finishing touches. A saxophone overdub was recorded and distorted in the control room by George Harrison. The six saxphonists were Ronnie Ross and Bernard George (George baritone). Art Ellefson, Danny Moss, Harry Klein and Derek Collins (tenor). The session then continued for another 12 hours mixing "Piggies", "Don't Pass Me By" and "Good Night".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 10, 1968

The White Album is completed and Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman go for a 10 day holiday in New York and Jamaica before heading back to London.

 

 

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 9, 1968

Studio Two, EMI Studios in London

The session began with a stereo and mono mixing of"The Contin uing Story Of Bungalow Bill" and "Long, Long, Long".

Why Don't We Do It In The Road was completed the next day, when Ringo Starr recorded a drum part, and McCartney added more vocals, bass guitar and handclaps.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 8, 1968

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

A very productive session, with two John Lennon songs, "I'm so Tired" and "The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill" were started and completed. George's "Long, Long, Long" also received overdubs.

Bungalow Bill was a free-for-all with everyone in the studio shouting out the choruses. Yoko sang one line solo, the first and only female lead vocal on a Beatles recording. Maureen Starkey, Ringo's wife, was also one of the assembled chorale.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 7, 1968

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Today's session was spent recording the basic track of another new song by George, "Long, Long, Long". In what was becoming a familiar pattern with George's songs, John was not present for the session.

The earlier part of the session was spent making tape to tape copies of the Trident mono and stereo mixes for "Honey Pie" and "Marsha My Dear" and preparing mono/stereo mixes for "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".

Source: Complete Beatles Chronicle

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 6, 1968

On sunday, October 6 1968 The Beatles were on The Smothers Brothers with the historical performance of Hey Jude.  The mics were live, and ALL instruments were on tape,but it was electrifying! It was actually a recorded performance on the British DICK CAVETT SHOW, edited for overseas telecast.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 5, 1968

Trident Studios

George overdubbing as lead vocal on "Savoy Truffle"