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A day in the life - Paul or John?
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Long John Silver said
To me it sounds like John, there, since everyone on this board have their post in this topic xD. I don't really see how this can be Paul.

Perhaps I can give my opinion as well a-hard-days-night-paul-10 I din't even know a thread like this existed, it's crazy

I didn't have a preconceived opinion upon hearing A Day In The Life for the first time-I just knew the middle part was Paul's and rest of the verses John's. It would be quite natural to think that Paul would continue singing from "somebody spoke and I went into a dream...", right? But I immediately thought, "ahh, it's John now. I guess he has implied that the sleepy morning person has entered a dream or another universe now"

And when I listened to the isolated track version, I thought that in the beginning it does sound like Paul, perhaps because of the "chest" thing that Paulsbass has mentioned so often in this thread, but after that, John's voice took over. Now, I don't have much theoretical knowledge about recording songs, but could it be possible that John and Paul shared the shame mic for that part, Paul coming stronger in the beginning and then John taking the lead? Even if Paul was meant to be the lead, it doesn't matter if in the end John was the one whose voice was more prominent

However, in the multitrack isolated version it sounds like John all the way through, with Paul singing in the background. How do I know it? His backing vocals sound like forced falsetto, the kind of sound you would expect from a man who normally has a deep voice. ahdn_paul_02I do know that Paul is supposed to be a tenor, but I think he we all agree that Paul's is the deepest tenor voice there can be! So, when John does falsetto parts it comes very naturally from him, it's hard to notice when he switches his register, but for Paul the change is always very audible. For example, in Helter Skelter, his shrill "Look out! Helter Skelter!" is distinctively different from rest of the shouting. Another example is Hey Jude, when he sings the higher notes( ("NanaNAAna"), it sounds extremely forced. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, I'm just making an observation about his singing style. I also think his backing vocals on A Day In The Life sounds very similar to the way he sings in My Love.

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I haven't the slightest idea, and anyone who knows for certain one way or another is wrong. Seeing as how none of Paul/Ringo/George/John/George M have answered this question, I say it's still up for (respectful) debate. Sometimes I hear John, sometimes I hear Paul. But don't let me spoil the fun.

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4 August 2012
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I just can't hear Paul, maybe as the one who uploaded states that "John main with Paul on background" but that's it.

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I really don't know who it is. I always thought it was Paul, but sometimes I do hear John.

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Every time I see this thread resurrected my heart sinks a little. If I ever meet/interview Paul this will absolutely be top of my list of questions.

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4 August 2012
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The next time Paul does one of those live internet things where he answers peoples questions someone should go on and ask him who does the ahhh's on ADITL stating that its causing wars on fan forums.

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4 August 2012
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meanmistermustard said
The next time Paul does one of those live internet things where he answers peoples questions someone should go on and ask him who does the ahhh's on ADITL stating that its causing wars on fan forums.

That would be really great. a-hard-days-night-paul-8 Just imagine this possible answers:

A) I can't remember. I must have been taken something weird ...

B) Let me think ... maybe Ringo?

C) You guys are geeks.

D) That must have been John. Or was it me? a-hard-days-night-ringo-14Arrrggg!

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StrawberryFields said

meanmistermustard said
The next time Paul does one of those live internet things where he answers peoples questions someone should go on and ask him who does the ahhh's on ADITL stating that its causing wars on fan forums.

That would be really great. a-hard-days-night-paul-8 Just imagine this possible answers:

A) I can't remember. I must have been taken something weird ...

B) Let me think ... maybe Ringo?

C) You guys are geeks.

D) That must have been John. Or was it me? a-hard-days-night-ringo-14Arrrggg!

Include that youtube clip to refresh his memory. And a note saying no silly answers and the suggestion of letting us hear the recording process - just for clarity nothing more.

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Joe said
If I ever meet/interview Paul this will absolutely be top of my list of questions.

Haha same here :) .

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Joe said
Every time I see this thread resurrected my heart sinks a little.

 

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For years and years and years, I was convinced it was John.... and then one day I was listening to it in headphones and thought "holy smokes, that's Paul's voice!  I've been wrong all these years"..... now I'm just not sure.  The voice is so drenched in echo that it gives it a Lennon quality..... but I do hear McCartney when it reaches for the upper notes in the middle... so who knows?  Does it really matter?  This is a helluva great song and one of the best true Lennon/McCartney collaborations in the entire Beatles' catalogue.   Why quibble over this?  ("Because it's fun.. and besides I'm right," cry most of those who have responded in this thread.)

 

When I see anyone type "without a doubt, it's  ______", I just chuckle and think to myself  "are you kidding?  The answer to this question will never be without a doubt!"  It's like the debate over who warbles "She Loves You Yeah Yeah Yeah" at the end of "All You Need Is Love" -- I say it's John, and the video shows him singing at least the end part of it...... but a good friend of mine is convinced Paul actually started it off and John finished it.   (Here I go starting another argument!)

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I always had the impression it's John. But I listened to it carefully and I can say that YES, it's Paul. I am CERTAIN 99,99%.

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6 August 2012
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IMDeWalrus said
For years and years and years, I was convinced it was John.... and then one day I was listening to it in headphones and thought "holy smokes, that's Paul's voice!  I've been wrong all these years"..... now I'm just not sure.  The voice is so drenched in echo that it gives it a Lennon quality..... but I do hear McCartney when it reaches for the upper notes in the middle...

I'm exactly the same- more John-like at the beginning, more Paul-like towards the end. For that reason I'm convinced both of them sing it together, with Paul's voice brought out slightly more in the mix as it goes on because of his ease on the higher notes. Why else would there be such colossal debate? John fans want to hear John and Paul fans want to hear Paul, and they both hear who they want to because they are BOTH SINGING. 

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6 August 2012
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Good point ben. I think most people wh say it's john singing are more john fans and more people who say it's aul singing are more paul fans. This is at least true for me because I'm more paul fan. After reading your post I also think it's both singing

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6 August 2012
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Yep, I'm in the "they take turns singing" camp too (prob'ly already said so 7 times in this thread)

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6 August 2012
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vonbontee said
Yep, I'm in the "they take turns singing" camp too (prob'ly already said so 7 times in this thread)

I am also in that camp - listened to it this weekend in surround sound. I forget which track was for which singer, but for the sake of argument (how apropos for this thread) let's say John's voice is on the left track.

John's vocals are in the left track. After Paul's "woke up..." part in the right track, the ahs start in that same track. They then fade the vocals to left, right, left; at which point John's vocal starts in the left track again. I really do believe it's a bit of both.

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Yeah I agree at first it sounds more like john and then more like paul (and so on)

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a-hard-days-night-john-6 Depending on which source I listen to it, it sounds more like Paul and at times more like John, the beginning, I mean. But this is making me insane, I don't know if I should trust my senses anymore after having so much presumptions. And anyway, like someone else said, I think Paul has the ability to imitate John's way of singing and John can imitate Paul, as well. It's so frickin hard to tell them apart at times

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This must be the thread from hell (sorry, PaulsBass...) because it has made me begin to question my Beatles allegiance--and I'm sure there are plenty of other die-hard fans out there who feel as if theirs has been equally tested. I had always been so certain that it was John singing the "aaaah" part on "A Day In The Life"; but after finding this topic and reading everyone's opinions, I'm beginning to doubt my senses. Curse this devilish thread! paul-mccartney

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In the begining it's two aaahs because you can hear that they begin at a slightly different time. In my oppinion it's double-tracked Paul, not John and Paul though.

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