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Great outros (song endings)
22 January 2012
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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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There's nothing like a great opening – but how about the ending?

A great ending can be very satisfying, especially when subtle.

I love the organ tune at the very, very end of Mr. Kite just before the flourish of calliope.

It's just a few seconds long: a…g….f g a f  e   f# a-flat  e   (or whatever key it's in)

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22 January 2012
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The dead stop of I Want You (She's So Heavy) where the tape was simply cut has to be up there as does the chrashing piano chord of A Day In The Life.

Im Only Sleeping with that glorious guitar fade out.

Helter Skelter with Ringo's complaint of having blisters on his fingers.

And the Get Back version with Johns audition quote, admittedly not part of the actual song but really fits when listened to as part of the Let It Be album – maybe that belongs more in the album closure thread then.a-hard-days-night-ringo-7

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
26 January 2012
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2 February 2012
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On the Rubber Soul thread, BenefitOfMisterkite mentioned "Wait"

Always loved the ending of that song: "I'm    so    alone…." – the guitars tumble down and then the rustling of the cymbals

(or other percussion instrument)

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2 February 2012
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Aside from those already mentioned, I'd like to praise Tomorrow Never Knows and Dear Prudence.

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25 March 2012
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I love the ending of Twist And Shout.  Rising chromatically from A7 to D7 and ending on a D7/9. The endings of some early songs were great.

25 March 2012
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Never thought of it – will have to check it out (is the ending the same as the original version?)

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25 March 2012
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Cant remember if its been mentioned already but Long, Long, Long when Paul hits the low note that sends the bottle rattling which brings George, Ringo and Paul back in. Totally unplanned but fits the song perfectly.

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27 March 2012
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The Isley Brothers version of Twist And Shout had a fade out ending. 

28 March 2012
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Well then kudos to the Beatles for the ending of "Twist And Shout" – definitely better than a fade out.

Along the same lines, "Please Please Me" has a very climactically satisfying ending.

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31 March 2012
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Definitely I Want To Tell You! I love Paul's little ad-lib harmony thing at the fade! Cry, Baby, Cry maybe….

3 April 2012
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meanmistermustard said

Cant remember if its been mentioned already but Long, Long, Long when Paul hits the low note that sends the bottle rattling which brings George, Ringo and Paul back in. Totally unplanned but fits the song perfectly.

This!

That is to say that I agree.

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I've always thought a lot of the songs on Revolver end in interesting and unexpected ways. The totally sudden, terse, solemn ending of Eleanor Rigby. I'm Only Sleeping ends beautifully if you ask me, with the heavy HISS of cymbals giving way to a weird dreamy flurry of backwards guitar that fades out. She Said She Said goes rhythmically into double time for the last couple of lines. And Your Bird Can Sing, with that riff looping over and over and then suddenly coming to a musically unresolved halt and there's a little thrum from Paul's bass at the end, like "Oh, are we stopping?" Good Day Sunshine's random key change right at the end. For No One just trails off with those two last sad notes from the horn. Paul doing that cool Eastern cadenza in the vocal harmony at the end of I Want To Tell You.

Another ending that I really love is Happiness Is A Warm Gun. The cheesy doo-wop vocals end: "is a warm gun yeeeaaaah," and the band finish… then a little bit of guitar feedback hums in… and then Ringo kills it dead with one last snare shot. Always thought that was cool for some reason.

EDIT: Forgot the snorts of derisive laughter at the end of Within You Without You. Always found that sort of creepy as a kid.

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