LISTEN: The Beatles Record 'Strawberry Fields Forever' 48 Years Ago Today


On November 24, 1966, the Beatles began work on a round of songs for their next album. From 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., the group convened in Abbey Road's Studio 2 to record a new John Lennon composition: "Strawberry Fields Forever."

As the recording stretched on over the following weeks, the song changed in many ways. The version that was eventually released (as a single, on February 13, 1967, in the U.S.) was a combination of two very different recordings.

But on this day, the group cut a complete version, Take 1, that was abandoned four days later. Though Take 1 was eventually released on the Anthology 1, for some reason the backing-vocal tracks cut by Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison were omitted. You can hear them in the video below at about the 1:05 mark.

Take a break from your busy day to step back in time with this classic Beatles moment.