George Peckham - Apple
A guy I got on with right away was a guy called Al Steckler, a really helpful man who explained lots of things I should know about the American way of doing things. It was very helpful considering that this was my first visit.
I also met and got on well with May Pang who worked for Allen Klein. We became quite close while I was there.
I was taken to Media Sound Studios and met their Mastering Engineer, a guy called Dom, short for Dominic. He seemed a nice enough guy and I showed him a copy of my settings which I’d used to master George’s LP. He first just put them on the side which I thought, ‘oh, here we go, I’m on his turf and he doesn’t like it.’ So I said, “Hi Dom I hope that you don’t think that I’m here to run your show, I’m only here to see that George gets exactly what he wants. I hope that we can do this for him.”
He looked at me and said “Sure,” very unconvincingly. We played the tapes and every now and again I knew he had changed something. I asked, “Have you just added some hard middle frequency in?” He said, “I’m just trying it out to see if it feels ok.” I said “Look Dom, George has brought me all the way over her to make sure that he gets the sound that he likes and that is what he is going to have, and no more trying to change it from what the settings tell you, OK.”
I was a bit annoyed at this point as he had tried to do it a couple of times thinking that I wouldn’t hear it. Then a deep Scouse voice from behind me
said, ”Is there a problem George? If you are not happy we can go to any cutting room in New York or anywhere else you want to, just say.” At that point Dom in a beaming great smile said “No Mr. Harrison, it was just me trying something out which I promise that I won’t do again, honest. Whatever George tells me that he wants it will be done exactly to his settings.”
I said “That’s all I want Dom. If you stick to that it will be an easy straightforward job. Thanks.” Then George took me outside the Studio and re-iterated - if I was not happy about anything at all just to tell him and we could move to another Studio. Then he said, “I’ll have you picked up later, Pattie’s cooking a meal for us all. The car will be at the hotel around 8.00pm.”
That was a strange evening I can tell you now. When I got to where George and Pattie were staying we went into a large dining room. As I remember, all lovely old wood walls, a massive thick wooden table and big lovely wooden chairs. Then, low and behold who turns up but the rest of the Beatles! Well you could have knocked me out with a feather as in all the papers were these stories about how Paul hates John and John hates Paul - and they both had written songs about each other mocking the other.
So I was happily munching away on my dinner and the band was discussing the imminent divorce of the Beatles at which George leaned over to me and said “You know nothing, you haven’t heard a thing have you?” My obvious reply was, “Sorry I got deaf about half an hour ago and I don’t think that it will get better till tomorrow.” This is the first time that I have ever mentioned this as I was sworn to secrecy and why should I stab my pals in the back?
While in New York it should have only taken about two weeks to cut George’s LP. Well, it was a triple album and at that moment in time they used to press the records at ten different factories which meant sixty sides 3xLP’s two sides each = 60.