It's a little more than this. You can hear the acoustical strumming on
the guitar strings close up on the vocal track, and you hear the distant
vocals on the guitar track. They were playing their instruments while
they were singing. George Martin discussed this at the time he rejected
the issuing of the split-tracks on CD. If these were overdubs, one of
the tracks would have to be recorded first. You wouldn't hear studio
ambiance of the opposite track on both tracks. It's an old technique,
there are some CD issues of Elvis recording sessions from 1957 like this.
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
Lou Judson wrote:
> On this one point he may be right - before 1968 the Beatles did nto
> use heqadphones in the studio, but speakers placed at the null of
> figure 8 mics. It is entirely possible that the ambience leaking
> across channels was acoustic leakage from the monitor speaker.See
> Recording the Beatles for details.
> On Sep 15, 2008, at 2:49 AM, Michael Biel wrote:
> On the next page he misrepresents how the Beatles first LP was
> recorded when he says it was "compiled" with "the instrumental backing
> being recorded on one track with the vocals added on the other." By
> using the word "ADDED" he is implying that they were overdubbed in a
> separate pass. It is obvious when you listen to the tracks in
> isolation that they were recorded simultaneously because you can hear
> the studio ambiance of the other track on their opposite ones.