The Beatles -- ‘Fixing A Hole’

Fixing A Hole (2.36)

Paul McCartney: Double-tracked lead vocal, lead guitar, bass guitar; John Lennon: Backing vocal; George Harrison: Backing vocal, double-tracked lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums, maracas; Harpsichord: George Martin

This was the first Beatles song to be recorded outside of Abbey Road (not including the ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ session in Paris). George Martin said “The boys didn’t plan very much… and when they wanted to come into a studio they never said to me: keep the next two weeks free, because we’re sure we’re going to be needing a studio. They would ring me up at ten in the morning and say: we want to record tonight at 7 o’clock, Okay? And I had to find a damn studio.” Unfortunately Martin was busy recording Cilla Black at the time, so they ended up at Regent Sound down London’s Tottenham Court Road.

A lot of people believe that the song alludes to heroin (McCartney himself has admitted to taking cocaine during the Pepper sessions) but that’s not so, as Paul himself explained: “If …

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