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15 October 2013
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I love "Taxman" - great job, George!  a-hard-days-night-george-9

I've been listening to "Revolver" quite a bit lately.  I know that Paul does the countdown at the beginning of the song (and that awesome guitar solo! Yay, Paul!)...but right after Paul finishes counting...in the distance someone yells "Go!"  Who is that?  It sounds like John to me.  My curious mind needs to know...

 

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16 October 2013
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I love "Taxman" - great job, George!  a-hard-days-night-george-9 I've been listening to "Revolver" quite a bit lately.  I know that Paul does the countdown at the beginning of the song (and that awesome guitar solo! Yay, Paul!)...but right after Paul finishes counting...in the distance someone yells "Go!"  Who is that?  It sounds like John to me.  My curious mind needs to know... 

 

I think that's John or George counting (probably John) -- it doesn't sound like Paul to me.  The shout you mention sounds to me like someone is, amusingly, saying "Four!" to complete the second countdown which ends at "Three".

The more vexing mystery to me is: who is coughing at a certain point there?blue-meanie

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16 October 2013
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I thought it was "Ringo" as in a call to start the song, that's what i've always heard, if i was pushed who to say i'd go for John but i'm not 100% and banking my Beatles collection on it, not even going to bet my Driving Rain cd.

For me its definitely George i hear do the count in. Who wants to definitely hear John so we go round in circles for the next 67 pages?

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16 October 2013
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I'm relatively new to the Beatles Bible, and it was here that I learned about the informative book, "That Magic Feeling." I just finished it, and it is due back at the library on Friday. According to the author, John Winn, he quotes Mark Lewisohn as saying that it is Paul McCartney doing the count-in for "Taxman." Also, he points out that Paul's count-in is tacked on from another take. I don't know if I would bet my "Ringo's Rotogravure" LP on that answer, but that's what I read recently. There is no mention of who is responsible for the cough. :)

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Ahhh Girl said

meanmistermustard said
Still sounds like George to me.

Ruh-roh. MMM is going to tangle with Lewisohn. I'm getting the popcorn ready then I'll settle in. This should be a good show. 

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Ok, seems there are two count-in's, the tacked on one (that we all hear clearly with the coughing) is George, the other (what i thought was "Ringo") by Paul (not John) is the real one for the song. 

Or as Allan W. Pollack writes:

 The track opens up with a phony spliced-in "count off", the effect of which is made whacky by the tone of what sounds like George's artificially slowed-down speaking voice, the sound of a guitar's stray noodling in the background, seemingly random fast-backward tape noises, and the fact that this count off is not in the same tempo as the music which follows. Listen closely and you can hear Paul calling out the real count-off (especially by the time he reaches "four!") .

 

So no fight between Lewison and myself (a-hard-days-night-john-1) and let's just gloss over the whole "Ringo" call (tho i can still hear itpaul-mccartney). 

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meanmistermustard said

Ahhh Girl said

meanmistermustard said
Still sounds like George to me.

Ruh-roh. MMM is going to tangle with Lewisohn. I'm getting the popcorn ready then I'll settle in. This should be a good show. 

Wouldn't it be cool if Lewisohn were a forum member?

Ok, seems there are two count-in's, the tacked on one (that we all hear clearly with the coughing) is George, the other (what i thought was "Ringo") by Paul (not John) is the real one for the song. 

Or as Allan W. Pollack writes:

 The track opens up with a phony spliced-in "count off", the effect of which is made whacky by the tone of what sounds like George's artificially slowed-down speaking voice, the sound of a guitar's stray noodling in the background, seemingly random fast-backward tape noises, and the fact that this count off is not in the same tempo as the music which follows. Listen closely and you can hear Paul calling out the real count-off (especially by the time he reaches "four!") .

 

So no fight between Lewison and myself (a-hard-days-night-john-1) and let's just gloss over the whole "Ringo" call (tho i can still hear itpaul-mccartney). 

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Would like to add that Winn corrects Lewinsohn in the same entry which reads:

Although Mark Lewinsohn's two books (Recording Sessions and Chronicles) indicate that Paul's exaggerated "count-in" was only added on May 16, it is present on this take, and was probably spoken during the vocal overdub. As Lewinsohn's liner notes from Anthology 2, written more recently, denote that take 11 from this date is what we are hearing (and John Barrett's tape log has no mention of any May 16 overdub work on "Taxman"), I'm assuming the earlier reference was in error.

 

I'll start writing my book now. Expect it in the year 3023 (coincidently the same year we get the Archive release of Paul's 'Off The Ground' album - couldn't resist).

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meanmistermustard said
Would like to add that Winn corrects Lewinsohn in the same entry which reads:

Although Mark Lewinsohn's two books (Recording Sessions and Chronicles) indicate that Paul's exaggerated "count-in" was only added on May 16, it is present on this take, and was probably spoken during the vocal overdub. As Lewinsohn's liner notes from Anthology 2, written more recently, denote that take 11 from this date is what we are hearing (and John Barrett's tape log has no mention of any May 16 overdub work on "Taxman"), I'm assuming the earlier reference was in error.

 

I'll start writing my book now. Expect it in the year 3023 (coincidently the same year we get the Archive release of Paul's 'Off The Ground' album - couldn't resist).

LOL. You are very consistent, MMM.

Your book will be very thorough. Is it available for pre-order on Amazon yet? Will there be more than one version?

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Right at the beginning and by jove that sounds like George. 

 

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