The Beatles -- ‘Yer Blues’

Yer Blues (4.01)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, lead guitar; Paul McCartney: Bass guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

John wanted to give this a deliberately rough and edgy sound, and ended up doing it in a storage room off the main recording studio. “We were always looking for different ways to record things,” said Paul, “and next to the control room in No.2 studio was a little tape room. It was quite a small room about ten feet by four feet, a pokey cupboard really that had tapes and microphone leads and jack plugs in it. And we said ‘Can we record in there?’ And George Martin said ‘What, the whole band?’ We said ‘Yes! Let’s try it.’”

“The main worry engineers normally had was separation of instruments,” he said. “So that if later on we wanted to hear some more drums or a little less, we had control over it. But to do that you had to get separation from all the other instruments too …

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