Session for Abbey Road?.

24 Responses to “Session for Abbey Road?.”

  1. mcarp555 says:

    I’d guess more ‘Red Rose Speedway’, myself.

  2. Kwai Chang says:

    Are those RotoSound flatwound BassStrings?
    It looks like the Ricky is still in MMT regalia(paint).
    It could be Abbey Road because he is pudgy enough.

  3. henry_the_horse says:

    Abbey Road sessions it is. What give away the year are the headphones: S.G. Brown. Type Super K.

    These were being gradually updated in 1968, and thus ther is a Beatles’ session where McCartney sports the new ones. Red Rose Speedway was recorded in 1972 L.A. and Olympic Studios, which had different headphones. By 1971 Abbey Road Studios had again updated the headphones for their current Beyer-Dynamic DT-100.

  4. Alex of Bronx says:

    Holy Sh-T Henry,

  5. Don Percy says:

    Hey Miss Tammy. This may be of interest to you and other Beatle Peeps. I’ve just put it up on YouTube – it may be forced down again…!?!?! It concerns the Lady Madonna promo clip. You’ll need to read the description for its significance to mean anything…cheers! :)

  6. Wow!, thanks heaps Don!. Pretty sure the footage of Paul singing Lady Madonna comes from Cilla’s ‘Step inside love’ clip, can’t believe it’s taken this long for someone to sync the clip up.

  7. Don Percy says:

    Correct Miss Tammy! Yes, the footage of Paul singing “Lady Madonna” does indeed come from the Step Inside Love clip. I’d like to think that there is more of it (just as they still have the raw reels for the ‘Bulldog” footage.) In the description beneath the video, there’s a bit of a blurb explaining the Step Inside Love origin… (It took a ‘major-scrute’ of the segmented material before I finally realised it was Lady Madonna, and not Step Inside Love, that he was singing…) :)

  8. Michael says:

    God, I love this blog!

  9. mcarp555 says:

    Wait, next you’ll be telling us that the footage of John from “Real Love” is from “Let It Be” or something!

  10. For the Ed Sullivan Anniversary special Don Was was gushing about Paul’s bass playing on Something. He said it was so amazing that it was almost “symphonic”. Man to be a fly on the wall when that pic was taken.

  11. henry_the_horse says:

    Seems to be the same day as this photograph from “Come Together” session, 21st July 1969, E.M.I. Studio Three.

  12. Kwai Chang says:

    We’ll I was wrong about the paint…
    But, henry…is that a different guitar strap?
    Thanks for the reference!

  13. Don Percy says:

    Are you being funny with me mcarp555? 😉 Hey, henry_the_horse- do you have a known date for the filming of the Step Inside Love clip?

  14. henry_the_horse says:

    “Step Inside Love” session with Cilla Black was recorded in November 1967. I can say no more.

  15. henry_the_horse says:

    Its clip was recorded during the recording session.

  16. henry_the_horse says:

    “Step Inside Love” session was 21 November 1967 at Chappell Studio. In the end of “Lady Madonna” clip you can see McCartney wearing an orange shirt put his guitar on his shoulder and leave Chappell Studio. I can say no more.

  17. Lizzie says:

    Oh boy! This is definitely the unofficial Beatle University!!! Thanks everyone for the info, photos, video, etc. Needless to say, I LOVE anything from this era. This video was filmed days after the recording of ACTU and that’s EXACTLY what they looked like when Gayleen and me (Gayleen and I? – I’ll never learn…) were in the studio. John was wearing that same black sweater/jumper with a different shirt and Paul was wearing that same vest. Now I’m going to get back to where I once belonged: vacuuming!

  18. AND as we now know the raw footage for the Penny Lane, Hello Goodbye clips still survive. It’s all out there people, we just have to be patient and eat healthily

  19. henry_the_horse says:

    Wait, Don Percy, did you find a clip from “Step Inside Love” recording session with sound of McCartney singing “Lady Madonna”? Or did you just find “Step Inside Love” footage without sound, edit it and synchronised it with the official mix of “Lady Madonna”? How is this a historic discovery?

  20. Don Percy says:

    Hi henry_the_horse. I’d hoped that the explanation beneath the video was clear, but perhaps not. A historical discovery in that; a piece of film history has been recognized – perhaps for the first time – as being Paul McCartney (as a Beatle) singing the song Lady Madonna. To my knowledge, up until now, it was not known that film footage of Beatle Paul McCartney singing Lady Madonna existed. The footage of Paul sitting at the piano and filmed for the Step Inside film promo – but used in both the Step Inside promo, and the Lady Madonna promo – was utilized indiscriminately in the editing process (i.e with no specific synchronization), and did not reveal the song that Paul was really singing. Until deciphering the words (and phrases) that were actually being sung in the footage, I for one would have assumed that it was footage of Paul singing “Step Inside Love” – but intentionally put out of sync, to avoid the Music Union Ban (at that time) on miming in music promo clips. He may have been sitting at the piano singing ‘I wanna be your man,” ‘Till There was You’, or “A Whiter Shade of Pale”…Who knew? So, while the actual film footage presented may not have been lost – historically, an accurate account of what the footage actually is…and what Paul is actually singing – has been discovered – and synchronized accordingly to demonstrate…

  21. Don Percy says:

    …and hey Miss Tammy. Regarding the Penny Lane film, I’d often wondered what the Beatles were ‘singing’ when the camera pans along their four heads. The one thing I managed to ‘synchronise’ with a little editing and juggling, is that George is mimicking the trumpet refrain just before the line “four of fish ‘n’ finger pies’. i.e. “Baa – ba ba ba baaaa – ba ba ba baaaa.”… :) Indicating that they possibly had occasional ‘playback’ of the song during the filming of the promo…

  22. Don, excellent work!!, I just always assumed they were swearing or miming gibberish :-)

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