Today in 1966 the Beatles were trying to make one great take of their new song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” and ended up making that one great take out of two half takes.

This is when the group had stopped touring and started experimenting more in the studio with their producer, George Martin.

Take after take, they tried different approaches to the song, but none of the versions was 100 percent what the group was looking for.

John Lennon liked the first half of take 7 and he also liked the second half of take 26, so he asked Martin to just stitch the two parts together and make one new great take.

Martin tried to explain that the two takes were in different keys, and one was at a faster tempo than the other.

As he later wrote, Lennon replied, quote “Yeah, but you can do something about it.”

And that’s what Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick did.

Remember, this was in the days of tape recording.

There was no digital cutting and pasting in those days, so it took some work.

They found that if they slowed take 26 down by precisely 11.5 percent, it would match up the tempo and the key just right.

The Fab Four and millions of their fans were pretty happy with the results.

If you’re leaving your holiday wrapping to the last minute, well, that last minute is coming pretty soon.

Maybe this can help: the YouTube channel The Brick Wall created a system out of LEGO that can scan the dimensions of the present you’re wrapping, calculate how much wrapping paper you’ll need for it and then present just that much paper to you.

I also would like it to wrap the gifts for me, cause that’s not my strong point.

Mixing, editing: Strawberry Fields Forever (Beatles Bible)

An Automated LEGO Wrapping Paper Cutting Machine That Scans the Exact Dimensions of the Gift to Wrap (Laughing Squid)

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