Having completed my study of documented hours spend in the recording studio on each Beatles album, I can now compile my findings to produce a visual illustration: a bar graph comparing total documented studio time per Beatles album.
Using this example, it is very clear indeed that The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album) took the longest time to record by far (about twice as much time as it took the band to record Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, or Abbey Road). This isn't surprising as The White Album is the only Beatles double album, so it makes sense that it would take about twice as long to record.
Lastly, notice that both Let it Be and Yellow Submarine have asterisks next to their number. This is because documentation for those two albums is incomplete. No doubt both albums took more time than shown (probably about twice those figures), but the number listed is what is documented. Any attempt to estimate precise numbers above those shown would be futile.
year.month.day start time - end time = # of hours
1964.02.25 10:00am-1:00pm = 3 hours
1964.02.26 10:00am-1:00pm, 2:30pm-5:30pm, 7:00pm-10:00pm = 9 hours
1964.02.27 10:00am-1:00pm, 2:30pm-5:30pm = 6 hours
1964.03.01 10:00am-1:30pm = 3.5 hours
1964.03.03 10:00am-1:45pm = 3.75 hours
1964.03.10 10:00am-1:00pm = 3 hours
1964.04.16 10:00am-1:00pm = 3 hours
1964.04.20 2:00pm-3:15pm = 1.25 hours
1964.04.23 4:30pm-5:45pm = 1.25 hours
1964.05.22 10:00am-11:00am = 1 hour
1964.06.01 2:30pm-5:30pm, 7:00pm-10:00pm = 6 hours
1964.06.02 2:30pm-5:30pm, 7:00pm-10:00pm = 6 hours
1964.06.04 2:30pm-7:00pm = 4.5 hours
1964.06.09 2:00pm-5:45pm = 3.75 hours
1964.06.10 10:00am-11:00am = 1 hour
1964.06.22 10:00am-1:00pm, 2:30pm-5:30pm, 5:45pm-9:00pm = 9.25 hours
Total: 65.25 hours
Lewisohn, Mark. The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years 1962-1970. Harmony Books, a division of Crown Publishers, New York, NY, 1988.
A Hard Day's Night came at a crucial period in Beatles history. Prior to the film, the enthusiasm of Beatlemania injected the band (and their music) with excitement.
Conversely, after the film, Beatlemania outgrew itself and consequently often felt out of control and occasionally dangerous.
Perfectly balanced between the two extremes is A Hard Day's Night.
The historical significance of A Hard Day's Night, then, is that it captures the Beatles at a pivotal point in their development - a point of unprecedented worldwide fame, but just before that fame turned sour.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.