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A Beginning... intro for Don't Pass Me By!
7 March 2013
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exarctly
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I was just reading that this instrumental piece was going to be used as a prelude to "Don't Pass Me By

This is so funny. I love that song... but it is hilarious to picture "A Beginning" being a piece meant to introduce it. Granted the White Album is full of all kinds of crazy transitions. And even on "Let It Be" John (a decision I do not like) seems to try to make Let it Be less solemn feeling by sandwiching it with Maggie Mae and such (not sure if that is really true). So the idea of odd transitions is really not that odd for the Beatles. But still, the vibe from "A Beginning" in no way sets the listener up (even in an odd or sarcastic or intentionally weird way) for the ride that Ringo's DPMB is going to take them on. 

Now, I noticed in the song section of this site, someone observed that "A Beginning" may have been written before they said it was, and was on TYS movie. So therefore, it may be possible that the idea of it being an intro to DPMB makes little sense or was not true. 

Yet, there is a quote here about it from Martin:  

It was for John that I did an off-the-wall introduction, because we hadn't a clue what to do with Ringo's song. In the event, the intro was too bizarre for us to use, and the score was scrapped.
 
 
 
8 March 2013
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vonbontee
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That whole thing has never made any sense to me either. "It was for John that I did an off-the-wall introduction" - what does that mean? Why would John request an orchestral introduction for a Ringo song he didn't even play on?

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8 March 2013
5.23pm
Ron Nasty
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I've always wondered if it hasn't been misidentified, as it was recorded at the same session (22 July 1968) as Good Night. I've wondered whether it might have been recorded as a possible intro to Good Night once the idea of a spoken intro was dropped.

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8 March 2013
6.03pm
Linde
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^

That sounds more plausible.

And then it would also make more sense as for why John would request an orchestral introduction, as he wrote Good Night.

However, I just listened to it again, and it doesn't sound like it should be an introduction for Good Night. But then again, it doesn't make sense as an introduction for DPMB either.

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