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When The Beatles recorded eight songs in one day

When The Beatles recorded eight songs in one day

When The Beatles recorded eight songs in one day
January 14
11:58 2022

Fast recording sessions were nothing new to The Beatles. The nature of the music business at the time was such that recording single songs rarely took more than a day, and full albums could be churned out in little more than a week’s time. It was a far simpler process back then: point some mics at the band, make sure the levels are fine, and turn on the red light. Maybe an additional guitar overdub or a redone lead vocal would be tacked on after the original take, but for the most part, it was beneficial for everyone to get it done as quickly as possible.

The Beatles embraced this style of recording for their first album, Please Please Me. Apart from the recording of singles like ‘Love Me Do’ and the album’s title track, all of the songs from their first record were recorded in a single day. John Lennon was sick at the time, and you can hear his voice get progressively more haggard as the songs go on. By the time they reached ‘Twist and Shout’, Lennon gave it all he had in a single performance – a second take wasn’t possible because Lennon could barely speak.

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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