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15 Responses to “GEORGE AND BILLY 1969:”

  1. Kwai Chang says:

    is that 2″ tape???
    (8 track? reduction mix)
    “no, we aren’t mixing Abbey Road into mono”

  2. AuroraSkye says:

    Ooooooooooooooooo What an awesome picture!!!

  3. Pete F. says:

    miss them both

  4. henry_the_horse says:

    EMI Studio Two, February or March 1969. That is the TG12345 Mk.I 24.8 mixing desk, and that is an 8-track or 4-track 1 inch EMITAPE box. The window behind Harrison is not the window overlooking the studio but the window to communicate with the tape operator on the adjacent room.

  5. Kwai Chang says:

    so awesome!
    Thanks, for the greatness!!!

  6. Johnny Silver says:

    guessing “mccartney needs to stop telling me what to play” is being scribbled here.

  7. Kwai Chang says:

    Very interesting…
    perhaps a tune-up to the organ part on the single Get Back.
    after all, Billy is the only artist ever credited on a Beatles label
    (as “The Beatles featuring Billy Preston”…very cool). But Paul must also be there if that’s what it is. Or are they checking out the rooftop tapes… but wouldn’t those be at Apple? I’m just wondering what they are doing with that tape without everyone else being there…mainly because they don’t seem to have been at Abbey Road too much during those two months.

  8. A Car And A Room And A Room And A Room says:

    It’s at the sessions for Billy’s first Apple album That’s The Way God Planned It. And this looks to me more Apple Studios than EMI – but I defer to Henry’s superior studio knowledge.

  9. Kwai Chang says:

    the plot (clip clop, clip clop) thickens
    maybe not…I only flipped through Recording Sessions(Lewisohn) and naturally, there’s only Beatle work in those pages
    (er, I didn’t see any Preston entries)

  10. henry_the_horse says:

    Apple Studios had borrowed two REDD consoles to record the Beatles’ Get Back sessions. Since EMI Studios had upgraded Studio Two to a solid state TG12345 Mk.I console (pictured here). Studio Two’s REDD.51 console was then loaned to Apple Corps, and Studio Two’s previous console, a REDD.37 was also loaned so as to work with 8-tracks. Harrison’s 3M M23 8-track recording machine was moved to Apple for this. After the tense Get Back sessions, all borrowed equipment returned to EMI Studios, and Emerick was convinced by McCartney to leave EMI to be chief engineer at Apple Studios and refurbish it to professional standards. Emerick wanted a German Neumann console, but due to Apple Corps. finantial situation at the time, an English Helios 30.16 console was bought. This was 30 channel and 16 subgroups. This refurbishing took eight-teen months, and in Sepetember 1971 Apple Studios was ready and working at 16-tracks. The first LP recorded there was Fanny Hill’s debut LP, recorded in September 1971. The Studio was dismantled when Ringo wanted a Film Suite facility and took all the equipment. At the time of this photograph, the only studio in the world using a TG12345 console, like the one pictured, was EMI Studio Two in London.

  11. Kwai Chang says:

    henry, what’s in the alfalfa?
    So meanwhile, back in no. 2 at Abbey Road…
    what was/is protocal on access to multitracks?
    do you think this picture is recording session for Billy?
    Also, did Emerick return to EMI after Apple was dismantled?
    (what a bummer)

  12. Tammy says:

    Oh Henry, i bow before your hoof!.

  13. Ashwom says:

    Its more likely May-June 1969 – George looked like this when he left for Sardinia with Pattie on 31 May 1969.

    In the 9 April 1969 “fritz otto” photo session (BoJ&Y promo photos) George did not have a moustache.


  14. beatle55 says:

    that’s the way god planned it sessions, may ’69.

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