How the Beatles’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ Got Its Psychedelic Sound
The sessions for the group's 1966 album Revolver were Emerick's first interactions with the Beatles. The band decided to give up trying to record music it could perform live and instead explore the full potential of the studio environment, as the late Emerick once told Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show.
“We started doing ‘Tomorrow Never Knows,'and John wants this magical Dali Lama vocal sound,” he said. “And there’s the revolving speaker, the Leslie speaker from the Hammond organ. So, ‘Wow, let’s put John’s voice through that!’”
Asked if that had ever been done before, Emerick said, “No, not at all. ... When John heard the sound of his voice taped with that sound on it, he just beamed. So that was part of my sort of acceptance. Then gradually changing Ringo’s drum sound ... I had all these different drum sounds in my head.”
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