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I'm Down
15 August 2012
8.09pm
RunForYourLife
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Anyone know why John played guitar on this one throughout 1966, even though the Vox organ was usually set up on stage?

15 August 2012
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GeorgeTSimpson
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Possibly they didn't care anymore in 1966 if the song sounds live as it sounded in studio. Also in 1965 paul played yesterday on guitar with an orchastra, in 1966 the whole band played it with paul on bass

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15 August 2012
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Also maybe they couldnt be bothered lugging it about from city to city for 1 song – by '66 they didnt give a monkeys about their shows (well Paul was still trying to be enthusiastic) so what did it matter.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
15 August 2012
10.21pm
vonbontee
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Isn't SofineSunshine implying that they DID set the organ up onstage thru '66, only to ignore it during "I'm Down"? (Whether that's true or not)

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15 August 2012
11.08pm
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Never noticed it before but the organ is on stage during the Essen, Germany and Japan shows, have seen those about 8 times each as well. Dear me (*hangs head in shame*).

 

John did say he felt naked on stage without playing his guitar so maybe he didnt fancy it but i would go with couldnt be bothered switching and playing it.

 

Oh why not. This thread gives me the perfect opportunity to post my fave performance of Im Down and one of the most fun beatles live versions – its such a shambles its a delight to watch. So here is Im Down live in Essen, Germany and you can see the organ next to John.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..hqAwpK5nQ4

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
15 August 2012
11.51pm
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Is it such a great idea to turn to John for the right words? He was always forgetting his own songs what chance did he have of getting Pauls right?

And their first Japan performance is seen as being worse!!

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
16 August 2012
2.43am
Into the Sky with Diamonds
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Flubs are the best.

(I think there's a thread here somewhere to that effect).

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16 August 2012
9.36pm
IMDeWalrus
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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
Flubs are the best.

(I think there's a thread here somewhere to that effect).

If there isn't, there sure as heck should be!   Great idea!

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16 August 2012
11.29pm
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Has any male here ever seriously tried to keep up with Paul's singing on "I'm Down"? I'm a tenor and have pretty good high notes but Paul's stamina is really in a league of its own. One of his best vocals.

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16 August 2012
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I have no vocal ability except at low volume, alone in the shower…

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
16 August 2012
11.40pm
Ben Ramon
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I'm feeling in an impulsive mood- I may post a recording of myself attempting to vocally cover it (and guitar possibly).

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19 August 2012
10.02pm
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This is one of the songs that I will start over if I flub even one of the words. It is such a rocking bluesy tune that is incredibly fun to sing.

The screaming however, is out of my league as well. I settle for a loud and boisterous "wooooo" instead.blue-meanie

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13 September 2012
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Not to bump my ancient thread, but I've always wondered… What exactly is it about the studio version of this that lacks the energy of the live versions? By all intent, it should be a hard rocker, but I always felt that the recording never quite gets off the ground.

13 September 2012
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Von Bontee
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I don't think it's unusual for a band to want to be less restrained live than in the studio, at least while they still had the heart to not just go through the motions. Also take into consideration how many studio takes of "I'm Down" they tried before arriving at a master. (Don't know how many they did offhand, suppose I could look it up…)

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13 September 2012
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7 Takes of Im Down were recorded (ive got a book next to me with the answer). I thinks its easier to get energized by a live crowd which generates more electricity in the performance (if the audience is awake); i cant think of a live recording the beatles did which was lifeless and by that time they were on the verge of being bored senseless in concert.

 

Oh ok the first night in Japan they sound beyond not interested verging on giving up entirely and having a sit down.

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