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Fact #52411


Short story:

The Beatles record ten tracks (including Misery and A Taste Of Honey) for their debut album, Please Please Me, in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.

Full article:

Geoff Emerick (Abbey Road recording assistant) : Their first album was made in one day. But the normal protocol - because we were working for a corporation, EMI - was to record three songs in the morning, three in the afternoon, and three in the evening. But of course, that was a great learning experience for me. It was capturing the moment in time. When I started as an assistant engineer, we were working on classical sessions as well. There were a few sessions I worked on with Maria Callas. But to go into the studio and just go into straight stereo - and it wasn’t even multitrack then - and you’re capturing that whole choir and the orchestra and the soloist, it’s quite a moving experience. I’ve been brought up capturing that emotion from the studio floor, not from the control room per se.
(Source : http://www.taxi.com/transmitter/1312/geoff-emerick-interview.html)

Geoff Emerick (Abbey Road recording assistant) : It was a George Harrison guitar line on Misery, and it needed it a different sound to make it more interesting. I realized at this point that what George [Martin] did is he played the tape at half speed and put the little piano part, which was the same as the guitar part, underneath to play along with the guitar. When you play it back at normal speed, the harmonics are different - and it has that special sound. So from that moment on, as far as I was concerned, I knew that you could create things from doing things like that. That's when the seed was planted for me, straight from George.
(Source : http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1056-beatles-engineer-geoff-emerick-on-how-george-martin-changed-the-game/)

Paul McCartney : A Taste Of Honey was one of my big numbers in Hamburg - a bit of a ballad. I t was different but it used to get requested a lot. We sang close harmonies on the little Echo mikes, and we made a fairly good job of it. It used to sound pretty good, actually.
(Source : Anthology tv series)