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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 14, 1967

The Beatles enjoying this week long break from recording.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 13, 1967

The Beatles are taking a break today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 12, 1967

The Beatles are taking a break today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 11, 1967

The Beatles are taking a break inbetween recording.

 

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 10, 1967

Filming: Hello, Goodbye

The Beatles filmed promotional footage for their forthcoming single Hello, Goodbye at London's Saville Theatre on this day.

Without an audience present, they mimed to the song on stage. At the time the theatre was still leased by NEMS Enterprises, despite the recent death of Brian Epstein.

Paul McCartney was the director of the three promo clips made, using different costumes for each. For the first The Beatles wore their Sgt Pepper uniforms before a psychedelic backdrop. The clip also had cutaways of the group waving to the camera in their 1963 collarless suits, and some dancing girls wearing Hawaiian costumes in the finale.

The second clip had The Beatles in their normal (for 1967, at least) clothes, with the dancing girls again appearing in the finale. The third was made of outtakes from the first two clips, plus footage of The Beatles dancing the Twist.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 9, 1967

John Lennon poses in a still from the film How I Won the War on the cover of the first issue of Rolling Stone. Lennon would go on to grace the cover two more times within the first ten issues on his way to becoming one of the most featured people on the cover of Rolling Stone.

Read the John Lennon issue of Rolling Stone from November 9, 1967. (Wish we had it) If anyone does, please let us know!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 8, 1967

The Beatles enjoying a break between recording.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 7, 1967

Recording, mixing, editing: Blue Jay Way, Flying, Magical Mystery Tour

Studios One and Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineers: Ken Scott, Geoff Emerick

This busy day saw two separate sessions booked at different studios at Abbey Road, mainly for mixing of songs from the Magical Mystery Tour soundtrack.

The first session took place in the control room of Studio Two, between 2.30pm and 5.45pm. Blue Jay Way was the first song to be tackled, and was mixed in stereo in two atttempts. These were known as remix mono 1 and 2.

This was followed by a single stereo mix of Flying, and edits of both songs. The balance engineer for this first session was Ken Scott.

Scott was not involved in the second session, which was held in Studio One from 9pm to 4.30am; the engineer was Geoff Emerick. It began with nine mono mixes of Blue Jay Way, numbered 20-28, followed by three more stereo mixes, numbered 10-12. The best of these - mono mix 27 and stereo mix 12 - were then edited, and became the master versions.

The third song to be mixed was Magical Mystery Tour. Two stereo mixes were made, and two overdubs were simultaneously added. During the editing of the film, John Lennon had added a spoken introduction: "Roll up, roll up for the Magical Mystery Tour! Step right this way! Hurry, hurry, hurry!" It was decided that this should be added to the record release too.

The fourth stereo mix made during the November 6, 1967 session was copied onto a new take, and Paul McCartney simultaneously recreated Lennon's spiel, although he left out the "Hurry, hurry, hurry!" section.

A tape loop of traffic noise, assembled back on April 25th, was also added. Two stereo mixes, numbered 5 and 6, were then made of Magical Mystery Tour, followed by three, numbered 8-10, in mono.

The session ended with copies of I Am The Walrus, Your Mother Should Know, Flying, Magical Mystery Tour, Blue Jay Way, The Fool On The Hill and Strawberry Fields Forever being made for Capitol Records' representative Voyle Gilmore, who took them back to the United States for release.

 

 

 

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 6, 1967

Mixing, editing: Hello, Goodbye, I Am The Walrus, Your Mother Should Know, Magical Mystery Tour

Studio Three (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

Stereo mixes of four Magical Mystery Tour songs were made in customarily swift fashion during this session, which lasted from 2.30-6pm.

The first task was the creation of two mixes of Hello, Goodbye, the second of which was used as the master version.

The song's b-side, I Am The Walrus, was the next to be tackled, and was mixed in seven attempts. As the King Lear radio feed had been incorporated directly into the mono mix rather than the multitrack tape, this necessitated some studio trickery. The first half of the stereo master was made of stereo mix six, and from the 2'03" onwards it switched to a fake stereo version of mono mix 22, made on 29 September 1967.

Fake stereo involved slashing the treble from one channel and the bass from another, and was the best that could be achieved in the circumstances. The edit was made towards the end of the session.

Your Mother Should Know was the third song to be mixed, and took two attempts. It was followed by four of the Magical Mystery Tour title track. These were judged to be unsatisfactory, however, and further recording took place on November 7th.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 5, 1967

The Beatles are in-between recordings today.