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).

vrijdag 27 mei 2011

... recording Honey Pie

Recording 'Martha My Dear' for 'The White Album' at Trident Studios in London. Session musicians (background) Alfred Reece (tuba), Ted Barker (trombone), and Anthony Tunstall (french horn), and (front line) Ronald Hughes, Stanley Reynolds (trumpet), and Leon Calvert (trumpet and flugelhorn), wait until the Beatles finish recording the rhythm section for 'Martha My Dear'. Photo by Linda McCartney, 1968 (Linda McCartney's Sixties - Portraits Of An Era, 1992).

vrijdag 13 mei 2011

... with John and Paul putting together the medley

John and Paul putting together the Abbey Road medley. Photo by Linda McCartney, 1969.

Linda: "They were putting together the medley, Paul had asked John for undeveloped songs, and so John threw in ‘mean Mr Mustard’ and Paul put in ‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’. I remember Paul at home working out on that notepad the ways in which he could join these fragments together. This picture is from the moment he showed the notes to John to get his comments.”

Source: 'Linda McCartney's Sixties - Portraits Of An Era', 1992.

woensdag 26 januari 2011

... during a Record Session (1964)

The Beatles' second recording session for 'Every Little Thing', 
30th September 1964, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., E.M.I. Studio Two (photograph by Robert Freeman).

zaterdag 1 januari 2011

... with George & John

George and John during the Sgt. Pepper sessions (1967). John plays a piano that had special metal-tipped hammers for a special percussive sound. From 'Beatles gear' by Andy Babiuk. Photo by Sean O'Mahony.