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Song fragments that really grab you
9 February 2014
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A couple off the top of my head (I apologize if I'm repeating any that have been posted):

P.S. I Love You: The second "As I write this letter..." section, John's "Oh!", Paul's "You know I want you to", and George's "Yeah" are great, love to hear all three of them contributing small vocal parts like that.

Paul's ad-libbing during the fade-out of the stereo version of GTGYIML never fails to give me chills. ("Every SECOND of the day!")

This doesn't really count as a song fragment, but the organ on Long, Long, Long is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard and a big part of the reason for it being my favorite song of all time.

Paul's bass flourishes during I Want You (She's So Heavy).

Too many of Ringo's drum fills to mention.

But my favorite at the moment is the cello swell during the chorus of Strawberry Fields Forever.  It's hard to describe what I mean with only text, but you can hear it at the 1:58 mark of the song when the cello moves with John's voice as he sings "Strawberry Fields Forever". Genius. george-martin

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9 February 2014
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InTheEnd said

A couple off the top of my head (I apologize if I'm repeating any that have been posted):

P.S. I Love You: The second "As I write this letter..." section, John's "Oh!", Paul's "You know I want you to", and George's "Yeah" are great, love to hear all three of them contributing small vocal parts like that.

Paul's ad-libbing during the fade-out of the stereo version of GTGYIML never fails to give me chills. ("Every SECOND of the day!")

This doesn't really count as a song fragment, but the organ on Long, Long, Long is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard and a big part of the reason for it being my favorite song of all time.

Paul's bass flourishes during I Want You (She's So Heavy).

Too many of Ringo's drum fills to mention.

But my favorite at the moment is the cello swell during the chorus of Strawberry Fields Forever.  It's hard to describe what I mean with only text, but you can hear it at the 1:58 mark of the song when the cello moves with John's voice as he sings "Strawberry Fields Forever". Genius. george-martin

Paul is singing that line, not George, but it is still pretty cool that bit. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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9 February 2014
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TheOneBeatleManiac said

InTheEnd said

A couple off the top of my head (I apologize if I'm repeating any that have been posted):

P.S. I Love You: The second "As I write this letter..." section, John's "Oh!", Paul's "You know I want you to", and George's "Yeah" are great, love to hear all three of them contributing small vocal parts like that.

Paul's ad-libbing during the fade-out of the stereo version of GTGYIML never fails to give me chills. ("Every SECOND of the day!")

This doesn't really count as a song fragment, but the organ on Long, Long, Long is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard and a big part of the reason for it being my favorite song of all time.

Paul's bass flourishes during I Want You (She's So Heavy).

Too many of Ringo's drum fills to mention.

But my favorite at the moment is the cello swell during the chorus of Strawberry Fields Forever.  It's hard to describe what I mean with only text, but you can hear it at the 1:58 mark of the song when the cello moves with John's voice as he sings "Strawberry Fields Forever". Genius. george-martin

Paul is singing that line, not George, but it is still pretty cool that bit. a-hard-days-night-george-10

It's George. You can hear it more clearly it being him on the bbc recording but even on the record its him. There is a thread or some posts on it somewhere in the forum. I always thought it was Paul until that thread.

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9 February 2014
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I've heard the song Anytime at All many, many times. But, for the first time today I really, really heard these lines:

"If the sun has faded away
I'll try to make it shine"

I wasn't concentrating on listening intently to the song. My mind was wandering to and fro. Many things work their way in to my mind that way...while I'm only partly paying attention.
 
So, yes, that fragment really grabbed me today.
9 February 2014
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The earlier mentioned part of PS I Love You, especially the "You know I want you to"

And the transition to the middle sections of both Happiness Is A Warm Gun and Band on the Run. I love the guitar there. It's better on the live version of Band on the Run though. A little boring in the studio version.

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9 February 2014
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meanmistermustard said

TheOneBeatleManiac said
Paul is singing that line, not George, but it is still pretty cool that bit. a-hard-days-night-george-10

It's George. You can hear it more clearly it being him on the bbc recording but even on the record its him. There is a thread or some posts on it somewhere in the forum. I always thought it was Paul until that thread.

I always thought it was Paul too until the remasters came out, but on the reissue you can definitely hear George's early era rasp in his voice, even on his one word vocal.

 

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13 February 2014
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In "Hold Me Tight"

The switch from a major chord to a minor chord on "tonight"

http://www.tubechop.com/watch/2010506

The song gets quiet with just McCartney singing and a couple of instruments - and then the band joins back in:

http://www.tubechop.com/watch/2010548

 

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13 February 2014
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when 'You Never Give Me Your Money' comes back in 'Carry That Weight'.

 

john's cough at the end of Twist And Shout.

 

1:26-1:28 of mr kite

16 February 2014
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God there are so many.  I agree with almost every one I've read, and there's more...but they're hard to remember unless you hear them...because there are so many.

I agree with Annie about George's voice in To Know Her... and um...another song

Some of my favorites:

harmonies in Because.  have you heard the vocals-only version?  Rivals the best Beach Boys.

John's emoting (in many songs, but particularly Mother...his voice just glides over those hard consonants like they're butter) I'm sure I'm not the first to say he was perhaps the most emotive r&r singer (Peter Gabriel and Aretha Franklin, not r&r of course, come to mind)

The line in Good Morning - "and you're on your own, you're in the street" - the way he says 'street' just makes me feel nervous like i'm out on the mean streets

Half of what I say is meaningless...

And it's making me feel like my trousers are torn

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16 February 2014
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Here's one more appropriate for this thread, I think:

In I Just Saw a Face:

Had it been another day
I might have looked the other way
And I'd have never been aware
But as it is I dream of her tonight

first of all, i think the rhyming in this is subtly great.  But what I really like is how Paul rhymes "aware" with "of her". He kinds moves each words' vowel sounds closer to identical so they are very close, yet don't come across contrived at all.

Half of what I say is meaningless...

And it's making me feel like my trousers are torn

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16 February 2014
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^ That's a good point about Paul's rhyming. It really is something fascinating.

You know my name you know number too
You know my name you know my number
What's up with you?

17 February 2014
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TheOneBeatleManiac said

InTheEnd said

But my favorite at the moment is the cello swell during the chorus of Strawberry Fields Forever.  It's hard to describe what I mean with only text, but you can hear it at the 1:58 mark of the song when the cello moves with John's voice as he sings "Strawberry Fields Forever". Genius. george-martin

Paul is singing that line, not George, but it is still pretty cool that bit. a-hard-days-night-george-10

He's doing a good John impersonation a-hard-days-night-george-10  This is one of my favorite Beatles songs (love the lyrics ("That is you can't tune in and it's allright, that is I think it's not too bad"), and while I remembered the cello part InTheEnd mentioned, I just replayed it a couple times and it's not just the 1:58 mark.  The cello features prominently in the whole song and (all but 1 I think) times he says Strawberry Fields Forever the cello follows the vocal very nicely.  BTW If you like cello, check out the youtube of YoYo Ma and James Taylor doing Here Comes The Sun.

-Mike (listening to the a2d2 takes of Strawberry Fields Forever now a-hard-days-night-george-10

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18 February 2014
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fabfouremily said
Got another one:

I love it how in Sun King it goes su-uuu-n king and the crickets at the start of the song, it just relaxes me completely.

 

Also, the way the lovely, syrupy guitar fades across the stereo spectrum as it completes its journey. Listening on headphones with your eyes shut, it feels like your glancing slowly around a garden party on a psychedelic summers evening.

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18 February 2014
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meanmistermustard said

fabfouremily said
Got another one:

I love it how in Sun King it goes su-uuu-n king and the crickets at the start of the song, it just relaxes me completely.

A very big yes. Sun King has to be the most relaxingly gorgeous song they ever recorded. How each song in the medly flows into each other either so gently you are at total peace and in a state of karmic bliss or rocks your foot off. How amazing are the drum thumps that waken you to meet Mr Mustard or how Polythene Pam soars into the Bathroom Window!! What trully makes a medley work is how each track links to its partners and The Beatles, George Martin and the others involved totally got it down. Even the gap between Bathroom Window and Golden Slums works brilliantly as you can breath before being sucked in again.

 

The end of "Martha My Dear" and start of "I'm so Tired" almost sounds as if they were done in one take. The gap is similar to the one mentioned above. It always gets me.

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18 February 2014
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Can't Buy Me Love has been on constant loop of late, (IDK why), but I love the guitar solo middle and the faint "Hey!" at the end right before the chorus. Plus the verse of "Say you don't need no diamond ring..."

18 February 2014
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Another one I thought of:  George's 4 note guitar intro to And I Love Her.  In the Anthology dvds (I think), Paul mentions that they were kind of at a loss of how to start the song and George came up with that simple little lick and it "made" the song.

Like others have said, it's the little things...

Half of what I say is meaningless...

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18 February 2014
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In Golden Slumbers, in the second verse after he says "Once there was a way to get back homewards" and there is that little orchestral leitmotif. I didn't hear this properly until the first time I heard it on a Walkman. It blew my mind that such beauty had been there for all to hear but that it was buried in bad reproduction through my "old fashioned" tape player.

This sort of thing happened to me a lot back when I first got a Walkman. It was like I'd only really heard 75% of the songs and I had some great times rediscovering the magic. Weirdly, the extra 25% DOUBLED the magic!!

 

"Out of college, money spent, see no future, pay no rent" - Always make me feel brand new for some reason. Maybe it makes me feel like a kid who's got his whole life ahead of him.

 

The Blue Nun bottle rattling on the amp in "Long, Long, Long". I always felt that that song was underrated. The little guitar riff and the general slow feeling of the song with Harrisons tortured voice haunting the melody. Sheer divinity.

 

How about the little end bit on "Flying". It's like you're actually flying along a la the video on MMT but then at the end, you fly up a random direction like a toy balloon when you let go of it but then, like a bubble, you explode and dissipate in a mass of multi-coloured confetti.

 

I could go on all day. Let's face it, it's all pretty amazing. If it wasn't then we'd all be commenting on a Monkees forum.

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18 February 2014
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The part in "Get Back" when he says "your mommy's waiting for you. Wearin' her high heel shoes and her low neck sweater, get back home Loretta". Also the end of "Cry Baby Cry" where Paul sings the "can you take me back" part. In "Taxman" I like the part when he says "and you're working For No One but me" because it is creepy and maniacal, and I can totally picture any random given politician saying that.

 

I don't know if it's true or not but I remember reading somewhere that the little song "Can You Take Me Back" isn't copyrighted in the usual way. I can't even remember where I read it as it was about 20 years ago (today).

Cry Baby Cry is such a complex song lyrically. The imagery is a fantastic representation of drudgery through the eyes of the enlightened. Those who see the whole world for what it really is. Now to ensure I stay on topic, my favourite bit is the tea party sound effects that fade in when he sings about the Duchess of Kirkcaldy always smiling and arriving late for tea and also then how John's voice kind of changes when he says "Bird and Bee".

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18 February 2014
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CremeTangerine13 said
"Octopus's Garden"- George's lead guitar through the whole song, but especially at the end. 

"The End"- Ringo's drum solo. 

"Girl"- The way John breathes in through his teeth after singing girl .

"I Me Mine"- The way Georges voice seems to build-up during the song.

 

I used to have the "Compleat Beatles Guitar Chords" book (I learnt to play chords from it). On "Girl" to indicate Lennon breathing in sharply it simply said "Ooothes {breathes in}" so my friend and I would actually sing that out loud. It works well:

"Ah, Gi-i-rl, ooothes breaths in, Girl, Gir-er-l"

OK. It's not so funny now but we were young, we were foolish and we were in love.

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QUOTE:

Egroeg Evoli said
I don't care if this doesn't count. I simply have to post it. All of While My Guitar Gently Weeps- Anthology Version. It makes me cry every time I hear it.

Fine, I'll pick a fragment. In WMGGW Anthology Version, the way he says "alerted" ("no one alerted you").

Also:

In Don't Pass Me By: "You were in a car crash and you lost your hair." The way he says it. It's like: "You were in a car craSH, and you lost your heh."

In The Long And Winding Road- Anthology Version: The very end. The little piano part. It's so pretty.

In the same "Compleat Beatles Guitar Chords" there was a spelling mistake on "WMGGW". Instead of "alerted" it read "altered". Of course, my friend and I, being the handsome scallywags we were would sing the spelling mistake instead of the original and we all had a jolly good laugh.

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