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I'm Looking Through You...
18 November 2011
Ed Sullivan Show
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18 November 2011

Howdy all. This is my first post here (Sorry if I'm in the wrong place), and I've got a question that's been bothering me for a while...



On the Anthology 2 version of "I'm Looking Through You", what are the chords that Ringo (According to the album notes) is playing on the organ during the instrumental breaks at 1:12 and 1:59? It's a I-IV-V progression in G, but it's not the standard "G-C-D". They're actually pretty funky sounding (Particularly between the transition from G to C), but I can't quite figure the notes out simply playing along (They sound like simple 2-note chords, but I'm at a loss).

Any musicians/keyboardists out there have any clue? It sounds kind of similar to the funky chord progressions in "The Word".



18 November 2011
Rain? I don't mind
Apple rooftop
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1 May 2010

I'm not necessarily a keyboardist but I can throw down a little bit of Hammond funk...but it just sounds like a C to me. You have to consider who is playing .a-hard-days-night-ringo-9

It would be interesting to find out what kind of an organ Ringo was playing, maybe he had the top keys set to something strange and was just alternating with the bottom keys and he had the vibrato way up or something, it almost sounds like a Harmonium. But I can't imagine that Ringo was intentionally playing some sweet chord, maybe he accidentally is playing something.

I sat on a rug, biding my time, drinking her wine
19 November 2011
Candlestick Park
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16 February 2011

Oy, doesnt that sound a little dismissing ? Maybe ringo had some hidden keyboardist skills

19 November 2011
Ed Sullivan Show
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18 November 2011

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16 May 2012
Ed Sullivan Show
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18 November 2011

Not to bring back an ancient thread, but I've solved the mystery. When the song changes from G to C, the organ changes from G to G minor, so it's a G minor chord being played on top of a C that's creating that "funky" sound.

16 May 2012
Into the Sky with Diamonds
New York
Apple rooftop
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10 August 2011

Hmmm. Like the opening chord of "A Hard Day's Night": a variation on an F on top of a variation on a D.

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
21 May 2012
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Presumably it's the clash of the C note in the C chord and the adjacent D note in the Gm that does it. Apart from those notes Gm and C7 would be largely the same.

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