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“The Beatles played the rhythm track really fast so that when the tape was played back at normal speed everything would be so much slower, changing the texture. If we’d recorded it at normal speed and then had to slow the tape down whenever we wanted to hear a playback it would have been much more work.” 

Geoff Emerick

“John leaned his guitar against the amp. I can still see him doing it...It went, ‘Nnnnnnwahhhhh!’ And we went, ‘What’s that? Voodoo!’ ‘No, it’s feedback.’ ‘Wow, it’s a great sound!’ George Martin was there so we said, ‘ Can we have that on the record?’ ‘Well, I suppose we could, we could edit it on the front.’” 

Paul

“In We Can Work It Out, Paul did the first half, I did the middle eight. But you’ve got Paul writing, ‘We can work it out, we can work it out’ - real optimistic, y’know, and me impatient: ‘Life is very short and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend’.” 

John

“The ‘Help!’ single sold much better than the two before it: ‘I Feel Fine’ and ‘Ticket To Ride’. But there were still a lot of fans who didn’t like ‘Help!’ They said, ‘Ah, The Beatles are dropping us. This isn’t as good as ‘A Hard Day’s Night’.’ So you can’t win. Trying to please everybody is impossible – if you did that, you’d end up in the middle with nobody liking you.” 

 

John

“In the forty minutes we were up there, on that cold winter’s day, they rocked and rolled and connected as they had in years gone by, friends again. It was beautiful to see.” 

 

Michael Lindsay-Hogg

“The next day was very windy and early in the morning Glyn sent me out to buy ladies stockings to put over the mikes, to prevent the wind from getting into them. I felt a right prat going into Marks and Spencer’s and asking for a pair of stockings.” Alan Parsons, the second engineer on ‘Get Back’

Alan Parsons (second engineer on Get Back)

“John did a couple of classic Elvis moves. We just thought of anything we could do to film a music video, shot anything that came into our heads. And at the end we decided oh, well, it sounds very Hawaiian, “hela heba helloa”, so let’s get some hip shaking girls in and put them in grass skirts.” 

 

Paul

"How in the world could I make something funny, bizarre, clever, crazy, sophisticated enough to satisfy The Beatles? It was in the plane that I came up with the idea of he horses."

Peter Goldmann

"I remember one night meeting this Swedish director in a nightclub and he started saying, "Well, we could really be far out, you know? Yeah, wow, really heavy, psychedelic, up a tree." That turned out to be the "Strawberry Fields" promo, which was pretty far out for its time."

Paul

"Paperback Writer was the first time the bass sound had been heard in all its excitement. For a start, Paul played a different bass, a Rickenbacker. Then we boosted it further by using a loudspeaker as a microphone."

Geoff Emerick

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