Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper





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Published on Sep 9, 2009

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles

Produced by George Martin
Engineered by Geoff Emerick


Each of four original master tracks is isolated and shown in a different colour.*

(1) GREEN ___________ 0:00
Drums, 2 guitars, and bass

(2) BLUE _____________ 2:24
Horns and lead guitar

(3) RED ______________ 4:40

(4) COMBINED ________ 6:54
[1, Green] + [2, Blue] + [3 Red] + [4 Yellow (Audience sounds)]


The following Information is from "The Beatles Recording Sessions" by Mark Lewisohn; and "Recording the Beatles" by Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan.

This song was recorded in February 1967, using TWO 4-track machines. After recording tracks onto the first tape machine, the recording was then mixed ("bounced") onto the 2nd tape machine, freeing up tracks to add additional instruments. Back then, this technique was used to overcome a limitation of 4-track recording equipment. Nowadays, modern multi-track and digital recording studios make such efforts unnecessary.

2nd Tape Machine "Recorder (B)"
The "bounce" tape is what is heard in this video.

Track 1 .. [ GREEN 0:00 ]
Drums, guitars, and bass (From "A", Tracks 1+2)

Track 2 .. [ BLUE 2:24 ]
Horns and punched-in lead guitar

Track 3 .. [ RED 4:40 ]
Vocals (From "A", Track 3+4)

Track 4 .. [ YELLOW 6:54 ]
Audience sounds

*Note: Audience track (yellow) is not shown alone. The last bit is all four tracks together.

NOT heard in these clips... For additional information only...

1st Tape Machine : "Recorder (A)"

Track 1 .. Drums + Guitars
Track 2 .. Bass
Track 3 .. Lead + Harmony Vocals
Track 4 .. Additional Harmony Vocals

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