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Lady Madonna - Instrument or voice?
13 June 2013
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Glass Onion
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Well, in the song Lady Madonna, there's that part at 1:02, where there's a funny sound like "pohpopohpopohpoh-popohpopopoh". Then, I wanna know: that sound is an instrument played by a guest musician or John, Paul and George making funny vocals?

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13 June 2013
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I thought it sounded like John, Paul, and George, but I checked Joe's article on the song just to be sure and I pasted part of it is below.

"The Beatles returned to the song three days later. McCartney added his second vocal and another piano track, and all Beatles contributed handclaps. McCartney, Lennon and Harrison also recorded their "See how they run" vocals, and the vocalised imitation brass during the middle eight."

 

 

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14 June 2013
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Glass Onion said
Well, in the song Lady Madonna, there's that part at 1:02, where there's a funny sound like "pohpopohpopohpoh-popohpopopoh". Then, I wanna know: that sound is an instrument played by a guest musician or John, Paul and George making funny vocals?

I was never mystified by that part -- I always assumed it was a few voices (John, Paul and George most likely).  I just had a re-listen:  it sounds more like "buh buh buh buhhhh" etc. -- kind of like mock chicken clucking at a falsetto pitch.

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14 June 2013
5.21am
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Funny Paper said

I just had a re-listen:  it sounds more like "buh buh buh buhhhh" etc. -- kind of like mock chicken clucking at a falsetto pitch.

That's too funny!  I've always thought of chickens clucking when I hear that!  a-hard-days-night-john-6

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14 June 2013
8.48am
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To me it sounds like a keyboard because I always played it on a keyboard, never knew it was vocals haha.

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14 June 2013
12.56pm
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I alway thought they were vocals, but then I watched a video on YouTube which showed that sound as a trumpet, and since them I'm not sure anymore. But anyways, I watched that video again and I think I had misunderstood it. Yeah, they are vocals, not trumpets.

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14 June 2013
1.17pm
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It's "mouth trumpet," not a real trumpet or any instrument. You can tell if you listen to some of the outtakes, and it's also confirmed by Lewisohn and MacDonald in both of their books. Plus, you can just tell by the sound 8)

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14 June 2013
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ROFL re: chickens.  I have always thought that too!!  a-hard-days-night-ringo-6 I always thought it sounded similar to a kazoo.

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15 June 2013
3.19am
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Yeah, it's reminiscent of a kazoo -- and someone mentioned "mouth trumpet", which reminds me of that damned "mouth saxophone" Paul did which I still want to know how he did it. 

Paul's mouth sax on "You're Sixteen" (from the Ringo solo album) is much less "human" sounding (even less chicken sounding!) than the Lady Madonna part, and I can't believe he didn't use some kind of thing on his mouth, like even cellophane or something.  Or is that noise coming out of his nose and not his mouth, per se...?

 

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17 June 2013
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I've always thought that it sounds like The Beatles trying to imitate chickens trying to imitate trumpets.

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17 June 2013
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Paul performed Lady Madonna on The Colbert Report the other day, and that part was just their vocals.  

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

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