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Has anyone heard any odd sounds/noises on certain songs?
30 September 2010
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VeraChuckandDave
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I was recently listening to A Day In The Life, and when the orchestra is fading out, I heard a chair creak and shortly after some said "Shhh!". I was quite surprised by this, thinking George Martin and the sound engineers would have edited this out. Has anyone else heard anything like this on a song?

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30 September 2010
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I've heard the piano bench (??) squeaking on that, too.  I'll have to listen for the "Shhh."  One of my current favorites is hearing John (?) shout "Fncking hell!" in the background on Hey Jude. You can hear it very clearly on the remastered version.

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30 September 2010
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Blame Geoff Emerick for the squeaky chair.

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30 September 2010
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In the Rolling Stone Top 100 Beatles Songs edition, they say the creak was Ringo's shoe. They turned up the levels so high to catch all the piano chord, that you can heard his shoe creaking. I'm not sure how accurate that is; it is Rolling Stone, after all. I found a few mistakes in the other articles, so I dunno.

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30 September 2010
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Have you seen the What Goes On site? It's full of stuff like this. Squeaky drum pedals, coughing, whispered words of wisdom etc.

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30 September 2010
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I'll make sure to check that out sounds interesting. As well, in Yesterday at 0:19 you can hear a slight yelping noise in the background.

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30 September 2010
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I hear a sound in I Want You (She's So Heavy) that sounds a lot like my phone when it vibrates. What Goes On doesn't mention it, so I guess it's intentional. What is it?

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30 September 2010
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There is this really weird noise throughout the whole of Octopus's Garden, sounds like a walrus dying or something. I think I also heard it on Yellow Submarine, Don't Pass Me By, With a Little Help From My Friends, What Goes On and few others. Anyone else heard this?

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30 September 2010
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Hey! He can't help having a hideous great hooter! And his poor little head, trembling under the weight of it!

Me, I've listened to "Long Long Long" a hundred times, and I STILL can't precisely identify that vibrating-bottle noise at song's end. I hear a creaking noise that reminds me of a horror-movie door - is that it?

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30 September 2010
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DoctorRobert said:

There is this really weird noise throughout the whole of Octopus's Garden, sounds like a walrus dying or something. I think I also heard it on Yellow Submarine, Don't Pass Me By, With a Little Help From My Friends, What Goes On and few others. Anyone else heard this?


1) How do you know what a dying Walrus sounds like?

2) It's just Ringo

30 September 2010
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Joe said:

Have you seen the What Goes On site? It's full of stuff like this. Squeaky drum pedals, coughing, whispered words of wisdom etc.


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30 September 2010
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vonbontee said:

Hey! He can't help having a hideous great hooter! And his poor little head, trembling under the weight of it!

Me, I've listened to "Long Long Long" a hundred times, and I STILL can't precisely identify that vibrating-bottle noise at song's end. I hear a creaking noise that reminds me of a horror-movie door - is that it?


It begins a few seconds after the final "Oh I love you", when the organ solo part is played, Ringo does some quick drumming and George wails. From around 2'32".

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1 October 2010
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There's something in the background of Girl at about :58 and it comes back a little later. It sounds like a chime or a bell or something, and it happens later in the song too at some point.

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3 October 2010
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I sometimes here something right at the beginning of "I Feel Fine" that sounds like someone whispering gloop. It really freaked me out the first time I heard it.

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4 October 2010
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Joe said:

vonbontee said:

Hey! He can't help having a hideous great hooter! And his poor little head, trembling under the weight of it!

Me, I've listened to "Long Long Long" a hundred times, and I STILL can't precisely identify that vibrating-bottle noise at song's end. I hear a creaking noise that reminds me of a horror-movie door - is that it?


It begins a few seconds after the final "Oh I love you", when the organ solo part is played, Ringo does some quick drumming and George wails. From around 2'32".

I read somewhere that it's a bottle of Blue Nun wine vibrating on a speaker.....sorry, can't recall the source right off.....a-hard-days-night-ringo-14
4 October 2010
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Ha I know exactly what your talking about. Well the big noise at the beginning is something called feedback. Paul accidentally plucked a low string on his bass and the vibrations made Johns guitar make that sound. And I'm pretty sure the sound you are taling about is Paul saying "Cut!" because he thought the feedback ruined the entire take. Turns out it didn't .

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4 October 2010
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Wikipedia cites Revolution in the Head for it being a bottle of Blue Nun. I don't own the book, so I can't verify it. What Goes On just says it's a bottle.

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4 October 2010
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skye said:

Wikipedia cites Revolution in the Head for it being a bottle of Blue Nun. I don't own the book, so I can't verify it. What Goes On just says it's a bottle.


Revolution in the Head says, "At the end, the luckiest accident in any Beatles recording produced a striking conclusion. As McCartney reached the low inversion of C major on the group's customised Hammond organ, the bottom note vibrated a bottle of wine standing on the instrument's Leslie cabinet, creating an eery rattle." No mention of Blue Nun.
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4 October 2010
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From The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions by Mark Lewisohn (1988):

It took 67 run-throughs of the basic rhythm track — acoustic guitar and vocal (George), organ (Paul) and drums ( Ringo ) — before the 'best' version of 'Long Long Long' was found and onto which the overdubs would be made. But there was one additional sound taped on this day. Chris Thomas, attending as George Martin's assistant, recalls, "There's a sound near the end of the song [best heard on the right stereo channel] which is a bottle of Blue Nun wine rattling away on the top of a Leslie speaker cabinet. It just happened. Paul hit a certain organ note and the bottle started vibrating. We thought it was so good that we set the mikes up and did it again. The Beatles always took advantage of accidents."

Just to compound the sound, Ringo recorded an extra spurt of fast drumming for the same passage.

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9 October 2010
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1. Not a weird sound, but at the end of "Act Naturally," you can hear a faint "chhhh" sound from the guitar strings. I don't know what exactly causes it, but I play guitar, and I hear it sometimes when I play. 

2. Polythene Dan gets credit for this one. One day, he was listening to his iPod with headphones. Suddenly, he sat up and said, "Did anyone else hear a cat?" We all told him no. (I'm allergic to anything with fur.) A little while later, we were listening to "Birthday" in the car, and he said, "Listen for a cat." I listened the whole song, but I had no clue what he was talking about. The next time "Birthday" came on in the car, I asked him when it was. "Right before 'Birthday. I would like you to dance,'" was what he told me. "So at the end of the drum break?" "Yeah." I listened, and I heard it! It was the funniest thing ever, and my dad (who was driving) asked what was so funny. Polythene Dan told him, and he went back a few seconds just so he could hear it. We call it Birthday Cat. 

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