zaterdag 2 augustus 2014

Conversation in Studio 2

From left to right: Paul and Mal Evens (assistant), Ringo and John, George Martin (producer) and George. They were trying to work out overdubs for John's 'Across The Universe', February 1968. This photo is taken from the staircase leading up to the control room upstairs.

zaterdag 14 december 2013

... with John & Orchestra

George Martin, John, Ringo and orchestra at Studio One, during the recording of 'Good Night', a song from the White Album written by John for Ringo, 22nd July 1968 (photo by John Kelly.

maandag 28 oktober 2013

... virtually in Studio 2

A 360 degree panorama of studio 2 through the eyes of George, George Martin, John, Paul and Ringo (recreated using new photos of the studio and old (March 5 1963) photos of the Beatles). Use arrows or mouse to rotate and zoom. Click on the small photos at the bottom for different points of view (source).

woensdag 17 april 2013

... in 1966

Second recording session for "Paperback Writer", E.M.I. Studio Three, 14th April 1966.

woensdag 23 januari 2013

... rehearsing Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

The Beatles rehearsing Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds in E.M.I. Studio Two (photo by Henry Grossman, 28th February 1967, 7 pm).

donderdag 20 december 2012

... with George & Paul in the Control Room

George (with his Gibson Jumbo Body guitar) and Paul in the control room during the White Album sessions, October 1968. Photo by John Kelly.

maandag 19 november 2012

... with Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger visiting The Beatles during the second recording session for "Paperback Writer", E.M.I. Control Room Three, 14th April 1966. Mal Evans can be seen in the background. Photo by Robert Freeman.

zondag 5 augustus 2012

... while recording Honey Pie

The Beatles working out an arrangement for "Honey Pie", Trident Studios, St. Anne's Court, London, 1st October 1968, 4 pm. Photo by Linda McCartney.

zaterdag 14 april 2012

... Rehearsing

The Beatles rehearsing the backing track of "Rain" at E.M.I. Studio Three, 14th April 1966.
George is playing bass (although the actual bass for "Rain" was recorded two days later by Paul).

woensdag 21 maart 2012

... at the BBC

 B.B.C. Top Gear radio show, Studio 2, Broadcasting House, London, 14th July 1964, 7 to 11 pm.

zondag 12 februari 2012

... Working in Studio 2

John, Ringo, Mal Evans (assistant), Paul and George Martin (producer). Mal Evans pouring the tea while Paul and George Martin experiment with an organ for 'Across The Universe' (1968). This was the third recording session for "Across the Universe", E.M.I. Studio Two, 8th February 1967.

maandag 2 januari 2012

donderdag 22 december 2011

... recording in Studio 3

The Beatles recorded much of the Revolver album in Studio 3 (source: 'The complete Beatles recording sessions,' by Mark Lewison, page 82). This is the first recording session for "I'm Only Sleeping", E.M.I. Studio Three, 27th April 1966, 11.30 pm to 3 am of the 28th April. They are rehearsing what would be the actual backing track of the released take. Lennon on acoustic guitar, McCartney on bass guitar, Ringo on drums. Studio Three Steinway Model B piano in the foreground (source: commenter henry_the_horse).

dinsdag 22 november 2011

... and Paul is playing bass

Paul plays the bass while John and George sing backing vocals. Second recording session for "Paperback Writer", E.M.I. Studio Three, 14th April 1966. From 'Beatles Gear' by Andy Babiuk. Photo by Sean O'Mahony.

vrijdag 7 oktober 2011

.... with Ringo and a Timpani

Ringo playing the timpani during recording sessions for 'Every Little Thing', E.M.I. Studio Two, 30th September 1964, 2.30 to 5.30 pm.

donderdag 15 september 2011

... Smoking

Paul, producer George Martin, John and George during the second recording session for "With a Little Help from My Friends", E.M.I. Studio Two, 30th March 1967, 11 pm.

donderdag 25 augustus 2011

... with a Moog

 Ringo is playing with the newly installed Moog at the Abbey Road Studios. George is watching, dressed in his Abbey Road cover clothes. Recording session for "Because", E.M.I. Room 43, August 5th, 1969.

vrijdag 15 juli 2011

... by Robert Freeman

Recording session for "What You're Doing", E.M.I. Studio Two, 30th September 1964, 6.30 to 10.30 pm. Photos by Robert Freeman.

woensdag 29 juni 2011

.... with Paul & Orchestra

Paul conducts a 40-piece orchestra during the sessions for 'A Day In The Life' in studio 1, February 1967.

The orchestra was instructed to play 24 bars starting at the lowest note they could play, and ending with an E-major chord. "And whatever you do, don't listen to the fellow next to you because I don't want you to be doing the same thing" told producer George Martin them. The orchestra couldn't understand what George was talking about, or why they were being paid to go from one note to another in 24 bars. It didn't make any sense to them because they were all classically trained.

The orchestra was recorded 4 times and then mixed down to one, so as a result you hear 160 musicians playing.

woensdag 15 juni 2011

... with Paul & John mixing

Paul McCartney & John Lennon & George Martin mixing the White Album (photo by Linda McCartney).

Additional info provided by henry_the_horse:

30th July 1968, 7.30 p.m. to 3.30 am of the following day, E.M.I. Control Room Two. Recording session for 'Hey Jude' (takes 7 to 23) and mono mixing. 

Lennon, McCartney and Martin monitor the playback of the recording while, in the background, tape operator John Smith commands the J37 4-track machine. Lennon is adding chamber echo to track 3, McCartney is controlling the volume of track 3, while Martin is controlling master volume of output 1 (the output usually employed for mono mixing).