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  1. Lee says:

    So many great photos of George Martin and Paul. It seems like Paul really did trail after him soaking up as much as he could. When I watched them together in that BBC documentary about George Martin, you could feel the deep respect and admiration. Very cool.

  2. henry_the_horse says:

    This must be CTS Studios, London, 18th May 1965, recording the vocals for the mono version of “Help!”.


  3. Kwai Chang says:

    was CTS an EMI affiliate?

  4. lizzie says:

    beautiful photo!

  5. henry_the_horse says:

    CTS Studios (Cine-Tele Sound Studios) had no affiliation with EMI. The Beatles used these studios for post-sync work on the Help! movie on 18th May 1965, and on the 5th January 1966, for overdubbing of vocals on the Shea Stadium Concert from 15th August 1965. CTS had 3-track machines, which EMI Studios had not, and the Hollywood Bowl and Shea Stadium concerts were taped on 3-track: instruments on two tracks in stereo and vocals on the third track.
    More information on CTS Studios here:


  6. Kwai Chang says:

    I hope you mean the mono single vocals…which are different…
    So CTS was rented/leased…
    and everyone was still on EMI payroll?!?!
    Thanks, henry!
    (I was just a little curious on George Martin outside the normal confines… was that a courtesy call? Doubtful)
    Was George Martin in charge there regarding movie dubs?
    (the real Superman)
    thanks, again!

  7. henry_the_horse says:

    George Martin left Parlophone in August 1965 to start AIR, but EMI felt that the Beatles production team had been so successful that Martin should stay in charge of the group production. So, Norman Smith was promoted to head of Parlophone but kept doing sound technician work to train Emerick up to the Beatles’ sessions standards. Anyway, EMI Studios had no 3-track machine, so overdubbing on 3-track meant renting another studio. EMI did not have film synching facilities either, which CTS had. Regarding the single “Help!”, they needed to overdub new vocals since the opening scene had been filmed with the 18th April stereo version but the synching was not suitable. So Norman Smith made a twin-track reduction of the instruments only (tracks 1 and 2, and the guitar rundown after each refrain from track 4) from TK12, mixing out the vocals and tambourine on tracks 3 and 4. The Beatles went to CTS to do post-synch work on the film including the opening scene, but did not worry to record tambourine on the mono version of “Help!”. In the end, Martin, felt that the stereo introduction was better, so the single release of the song had the a folded-mono version of the stereo mix introduction spliced to the rest of the mono mix. When the movie was released in VHS in the 1980s, United Artists used the stereo mix for the opening scene although the synching was not good.

  8. henry_the_horse says:

    The 3-track tape was recorded by Capitol, at the Shea Stadium concert, on the 15th August 1965, and was overdubbed with new vocals on the 5th January 1966 at CTS.

  9. Kwai Chang says:

    I am so grateful for that concise recap…
    all my questions have vanished…
    I am truly grateful for your valuable time…
    (please accept this sincere token of gratitude…THANKS)
    if you have any questions about wood-framed construction, welding, indoor/outdoor gardening or chickens…I can reciprocate

  10. henry_the_horse says:

    You are most welcome, Kwai Chang, and thank you very much for your offer.

    Best regards.

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