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A Comprehensive Look At The Beatles Self-Titled Double Album Masterpiece

The White Album Sessions Recording Personnel

George Harrison

Lead, harmony and background vocals; lead and rhythm (electric and acoustic) guitars, four- and six-string bass guitar; Hammond organ; drums and assorted percussion (tambourine, hand-shake bell, handclaps, and vocal percussion) and sound effects.

John Lennon

Lead, harmony and background vocals; lead and rhythm (electric and acoustic) guitars, 4 and 6-string bass guitar; pianos (electric and acoustic), Hammond organ, harmonium, mellotron; drums and assorted percussion (tambourine, maracas, thumping on the back of an acoustic guitar, handclaps and vocal percussion); harmonica, saxophone and whistling; tapes, tape loops and sound effects (electronic and home-made).

Paul McCartney

Lead, harmony and background vocals; lead and rhythm (electric and acoustic) guitars, 4 and 6-string bass guitar; pianos (electric and acoustic), Hammond organ, drums, timpani and assorted percussion (tambourine, handclaps and vocal percussion; drums on “Back in the U.S.S.R.” and “Dear Prudence”); recorder, flugelhorn and sound effects.

Ringo Starr

Drums and assorted percussion (tambourine, bongos, cymbals, maracas, vocal percussion); lead vocals, electric piano and sleigh bell (on “Don’t Pass Me By”) , lead vocals (on “Don’t Pass Me By” and ‘Good Night”) and backing vocals (“The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill”).

Guest Musicians & Friends

Eric Clapton – lead guitar on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
Mal Evans – backing vocals and handclaps on “Dear Prudence”, “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” and “Birthday”, saxophone and sound effects on “Helter Skelter”
Jack Fallon – violin on “Don’t Pass Me By”
Pattie Harrison – backing vocals on “Birthday”
Nicky Hopkins – piano
Jackie Lomax – backing vocals and handclaps on “Dear Prudence”
George Martin – horn, piano, orchestration
Jimmy Scott – congas on “Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da”
Pete Shotton – tambourine
Maureen Starkey – backing vocals on “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill”
The Mike Sammes Singers – backing vocals on “Good Night”
Yoko Ono – backing vocals and handclaps on “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” andtapes and sound effects on “Revolution 9”, backing vocals on “Birthday”

Session Musicians

Frederick Alexander – cello on “Martha My Dear”
Ted Barker – tuba, trombone on “Martha My Dear”
Leo Birnbaum and Henry Myerscough – viola (on “Martha My Dear”)
Eric Bowie – cello on “Glass Onion”
Leon Calvert – trumpet and flugelhorn on “Martha My Dear”
Ronald Chamberlain – saxophone
Jim Chester – saxophone
Freddy Clayton – trumpet
Henry Datyner – cello on “Glass Onion”
Jack Fallon – violin
Eldon Fox – trumpet on “Glass Onion”
Ron Hughes – trumpet on “Glass Onion” and “Martha My Dear”
Reginald Kilbey – cello
Harry Klein – clarinet on “Honey Pie”, saxophone on “Savoy Truffle”
Don Lan – trombone
Norman Lederman – cello on “Glass Onion”
Les Maddox – violin on “Martha My Dear”
Dennis McConnell – violin
Bernard Miller – violin on “Martha My Dear”
Andy Morris – saxophone, trombone
Henry Myerscough – viola on “Martha My Dear”
Raymond Newman – clarinet
Bill Povey – trombone
John Power – trombone
Billy Preston – organ
Alf Reece – tuba on “Martha My Dear”
Stanley Reynolds and Ronnie Hughes – trumpet on “Martha My Dear”
David Smith – clarinet
Lou Soufier – violin on “Martha My Dear”
Ronald Thomas – cello on “Glass Onion”
Tony Tunstall – french horn on “Martha My Dear”
John Underwood, Keith Cummings – trumpet on “Glass Onion”
Dennis Walton – saxophone
Derek Watkins – trumpet

Production Team

Geoff Emerick – engineer, vocal on “Revolution #1” (‘Take 2’)
George Martin – record producer and mixer; string, brass, clarinet, orchestral arrangements and conducting; piano on “Rocky Raccoon”
Ken Scott – principal engineer and mixer
Chris Thomas – producer; mellotron on “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill”, harpsichord on “Piggies” and piano on “Long, Long, Long”