Geoff Emerick, The Beatles audio engineer for ‘Revolver’, ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, ‘The White Album’ and ‘Abbey Road’ has died at the age of 72.
RIP Sir Geoff Emerick pic.twitter.com/ARKx164s7U
— Geoff Emerick (@GeoffEmerick) October 3, 2018
Emerick began work at Abbey Road as an assistant engineer when he was 15-years old. On his second day, he was working with The Beatles. He witnessed the first ever recording session by The Beatles at Abbey Road.
In his early days at Abbey Road Geoff worked with Judy Garland, The Hollies and Manfred Mann.
It was George Martin who promoted Emerick to first engineer. He worked under Martin to record ‘Revolver’. The first track recorded for ‘Revolver’ was ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ so that was the first Beatles song he engineered.
There were tensions during The White Album sessions so Geoff didn’t have much to do with the record but returned to work fully on ‘Abbey Road’.
Geoff Emerick became good friends with Paul McCartney and worked on ‘Band On The Run’, ‘London Town’, ‘Tug of War’ and ‘Flaming Pie’ for McCartney.
Geoff initiated an album of Beatles outtakes called ‘Sessions’ for a 1983 release. The Beatles sued EMI and won. The tapes remained unreleased until redesigned as the Anthology series a decade later.