Mark Lewisohn’s The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions dispenses with today’s session in a mere three words: “More stereo mixing.” The mixes in question were for “Oh! Darling,” “Because,” and “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.”

Abbey Road was the first Beatles album to be mixed only in stereo, and the first to be recorded entirely on eight-track tape machines. It is arguably the best-sounding Beatles album, though some prefer the relative rawness of the White Album, and others will argue for Revolver or Sgt. Pepper. None of these answers is wrong, necessarily. As I’ve grown so fond of saying in recent years, de gustibus non est disputandum (there is no arguing matters of taste). I like what I like and you like what you like, and why can’t we all just get along?

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