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14 March 2011
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Mean Mrs. Big Mustard Coming Together With Prudence and that
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I WANT A LOVE THAT'S RIGHT BUT RIGHT IS ONLY HALF OF WHAT'S WRONG
14 March 2011
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Gonna cheat and give John and Paul two apiece: one rocker, one ballad. (Really though, I'd have to give those guys a dozen-or-so each, in order for me not to feel guilty for leaving something out...)

 

John: Rock And Roll Music, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

Paul: Helter Skelter, Here There And Everywhere

George: Here Comes The Sun

Ringo: Honey Don't

 

also...

John & Paul - Baby's In Black

John, Paul & George - If I Needed Someone

 

And a special nod to the backing-vocal arrangement of "You Won't See Me". And the usual reminder that most of these answers could change on any given day.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
14 March 2011
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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

kedame said:

George- Chains

Wait. George sings that? 

Guess I haven't listened to it very well. neil-aspinall

He sings alone on the part I like the best, so I kind of classify it as a George song.

"You can manicure a cat but can you caticure a man?" John Lennon- Skywriting by Word of Mouth
14 March 2011
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George sings lead on Chains.
*17*

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
14 March 2011
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John- She Said She Said, A Day In The Life, Julia, Nowhere Man

Paul- Lady Madonna, For No One, Golden Slumbers, Helter Skelter

George- Something (Anthology version), While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Anthology Something

Ringo- Don't Pass Me By, Octopus's Garden, With A Little Help From My Friends

First three- Because.

 

The anthology version of Something is such a great vocal. If the full song had had that vocal in it, it would be one of the Beatles's very best songs, rather than just one of a number of excellent songs. You can really hear the raw emotion in there that is lacking from the final vocal, which IMO is far too polished.

And I neeeeeeeeed her all the time
14 March 2011
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Surprisingly, I agree.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
24 March 2011
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Zig said:

a-hard-days-night-john-1Across The Universe

a-hard-days-night-paul-9Mother Nature's Son

a-hard-days-night-george-8WMGGW

a-hard-days-night-ringo-11Octopus's Garden

All of the above are my favorite vocals, respectively - not necessarily for the lyrics.

a-hard-days-night-john-1Twist And Shout

a-hard-days-night-paul-9Helter Skelter

a-hard-days-night-george-7Love You To

a-hard-days-night-ringo-4With a Little Help From My Friends

*sigh*

See ya next week with new favorites.

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27 March 2011
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My favourite vocal is John's performance on " No Reply ". I think this was a brilliant take where John pulls off the difficult trick of sounding tough and vulnerable at the same time. Aside from John I can really only think of Ronnie Bennett a-hard-days-night-john-6paul-mccartneyheartheart( The Ronettes ) as a vocalist who could also do this. The fact that Paul responded to this so forcefully with his incredible backing vocal has to make this one of the great Beatle vocals.

27 March 2011
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Hey Jude and Instant Karma! are my two favourite all round vocals from Beatles.

On Hey Jude, Paul starts out sounding nervous, but he gradually gains confidence himself as he advises Jude, until the massive ending. The performance really suits the lyric IMO.

Similarly, Instant Karma! The way John's voice decrescendos in the outro is so much better than a fade. Again, I think the vocal really enhances the song beyond what notes he hits.

And I neeeeeeeeed her all the time
27 March 2011
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John's vocals on Rain, as it must take some talent to be able to sing backwards!

You all will have read that Dave Dee is no longer with us. But Mickey and Titch and I would like to carry on the good work that's always gone down in number two.
28 March 2011
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a-hard-days-night-george-3: Something(anthology), For You Blue, Here Comes The Sun.

a-hard-days-night-ringo-10: Yellow Submarine.

a-hard-days-night-paul-8: I Will, Golden Slumbers, Here, There, and Everywhere.

a-hard-days-night-john-6: Help!, Revolution, Rain.

*9*

28 March 2011
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ONE MINUTE YOU'RE DEFENDING THE WHOLE GALAXY, AND SUDDENLY, YOU FIND YOURSELF SUCKING DOWN DARJEELING WITH MARIE ANTOINETTE AND HER LITTLE SISTER.!
28 March 2011
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DoctorRobert said:

John's vocals on Rain, as it must take some talent to be able to sing backwards!

It's really quite simple if you sing into a mirror. george-martin

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28 March 2011
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Zig said:

DoctorRobert said:

John's vocals on Rain, as it must take some talent to be able to sing backwards!

It's really quite simple if you sing into a mirror. george-martin

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28 March 2011
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Zig said:

DoctorRobert said:

John's vocals on Rain, as it must take some talent to be able to sing backwards!

It's really quite simple if you sing into a mirror. george-martin

But first you have to take the vocal and split the image through a double-fibrocated sploshing flange. 

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

29 March 2011
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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

Zig said:

DoctorRobert said:

John's vocals on Rain, as it must take some talent to be able to sing backwards!

It's really quite simple if you sing into a mirror. george-martin

But first you have to take the vocal and split the image through a double-fibrocated sploshing flange. 

In cases where mirrors are used, a single fibrocated sploshing flange achieves the same result. If you really want to get crazy, try it in a fun-house mirror. That was attempted on Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite and can be heard on the Anthology CDs. That take broke down quickly and they then decided to eschew the fun-house mirror. That technology was yet to be perfected until years later when it was tried during an episode of The Brady Bunch. You remember the one where Peter's voice started to crack? Well, the actor couldn't quite achieve the sound they were looking for, so…

 

*Why are you all looking at me like that?*  

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29 March 2011
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Zig said:

*Why are you all looking at me like that?*  

Well, you know, we were with you until you started talking about the Brady Bunch. Then it really started getting weird....

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

29 March 2011
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THAT's when it got wierd for you?

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29 March 2011
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Well, you know. The fun house mirror made sense.

*You do know I'm spoiling my nineteen hundred and eighty-five posts to say this, right?* 

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

29 March 2011
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God, what other references can Zig pull out? If you name the show that ran from 1960-1965, and starred Mary Tyler Moore, you get an apple.

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