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Song fragments that really grab you
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meanmistermustard said
Oddly enough they played 'Act Naturally' during the '65 UK tour which coincided with the release of Rubber Soul despite having ditched it for 'I Wanna Be Your Man' after Shea in the US Autumn '65 tour.

Never got that, I always enjoyed watching videos of them perform Act Naturally better than vids of them performing I Wanna Be Your Man. The vocals of the latter often got lost a bit in the noise.

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I like the way John contrasts his languidly soft voice in most of Cry, Baby, Cry with sudden forceful enunciations -- e.g.:

The duke was having problems...

With a message.. at the local... BIRD AND BEE!

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Funny Paper said
I like the way John contrasts his languidly soft voice in most of Cry, Baby, Cry with sudden forceful enunciations -- e.g.:

The duke was having problems...

With a message.. at the local... BIRD AND BEE!

Yeah. I always loved that. The music even does that too.

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John's "in our yellow" delivery during 'Yellow Submarine'.

The strong (duff) guitar note in take 21 of 'That Means A Lot' that makes Paul laugh (at the 40 second mark). 

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John's, "It can't get more worse"

from Getting Better

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  • John's low dowwwwwwwns in I'm Down.
  • This one's a bit odd, but I like how George (or John?) comes in late on one of the "Frere Jacques" things in Paperback Writer; it's in the last verse I think.
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Haven't read all 20 pages of this thread, but I'll put it out there.

 

Tit-tit-tit-tit-tit in in the song Girl in just genious

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@Bongo,  love the avatar.

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Bongo said

Haven't read all 20 pages of this thread, but I'll put it out there.

 

Tit-tit-tit-tit-tit in in the song Girl in just genious

It's ok, @Bongo. This is the kind of thread where repeats are fine. Parts of songs grab each of us at different times.

This is a good time and place for me to write out this idea that has been floating around in my mind. Thanks for the opening to do so, Bongo.

The Beatles songs as they intended them for release don't change. They are set in stone, so to say. But, as I change, the same song of theirs I've heard many times can be so new and fresh and more meaningful. The songs don't grow. I do. I wonder what I will discover about myself next and which song I will hear differently.

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Yip. The more i hear the Beatles the more i hear the Beatles. Always something fresh and new buried in there the ear fails to pick up the first 45,000 times and yet fail to not hear it afterwards. 

Love the change between "if you leave me" and "i will bring you back" in 'You Like Me Too Much'. I find it incredible that George had nothing to say about either this or 'I Need You' in his book 'I Me Mine' as i've always adored both.

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Just heard the song "Keep your hands off my baby" on that BBC thing.

I LOVE the part "my Baaaa-aaaaa-aaabyyyy". It's so nice.

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May have posted this before but Ringo's drum thwacks in 'I Feel Fine' that come in after the guitar solo is over and kick the song back into gear.

The second guitar riff in 'Day Tripper', man that is awesome. The song, which was a throwaway(!), is one of my favourites.

Paul's change of delivery when singing "before too long" the final time in 'We Can Work It Out'. The Beatles have a good handful of songs where they alter the delivery of certain words in the final verse that they are repeating.

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The Fool On The Hill - part with a flute and Paul singing round and round and round...

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Those are some great examples, meanmistermustard, and I would add Ringo's rumbling roll and perfectly-timed crashing cymbal to that second guitar riff in 'Day Tripper' that brings it full tilt after the preceding buildup that stops cold when the riff begins anew. A very likely duo of songs on my all-time faves top 10 are 'Day Tripper' and 'Paperback Writer', the latter of which has some more amazing hard Ringo drumming. Lennon/McCartney were untouchable as instant-hit songwriters in 65 & 66- it amazes me that it only took the group 6 or 7 takes of both songs combined to record them so perfectly.

Sorry, went off on a rant...

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She_is_leaving_home said
The Fool On The Hill - part with a flute and Paul singing round and round and round...

That part always gives me a headache

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I believe in "Fool of the Hill" that's a recorder (possibly two recorders -- and possibly played by Paul himself, as I know he later played recorder quite well; e.g., on his second post-Beatles album Wings Wild Life, on the song "I Am Your Singer").

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Wildcat said

Those are some great examples, meanmistermustard,  A very likely duo of songs on my all-time faves top 10 are 'Day Tripper' and 'Paperback Writer. Lennon/McCartney were untouchable as instant-hit songwriters in 65 & 66- it amazes me.

Sorry, went off on a rant...

And then they "really amazed" us in '67 with the Following:

Strawberry Fields Forever

Penny Lane

All You Need Is Love

Hello Goodbye

Baby You're A Rich Man

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

With A Little Help From My Friends

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

When I'm Sixty-Four

Sgt. Pepper's Reprise

A Day In The Life

Magical Mystery Tour

Your Mother Should Know

I Am The Walrus

The Fool On The Hill

and finally Christmas Time (Is Here Again), (just to name a few....) george-martin

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While each Beatle has provided a generous amount of 'fragments' highlighting their individual brilliance and unique genius on their chosen instruments, there are certain revelations that we have each experienced, in our own separate points in life ("So it was actually Paul playing the guitar parts in George's 'Taxman'? Awesome!" "What, George was the bass player on 'She Said She Said'? Wow, amazing!"), I'm wondering how many of us have read or heard some new tidbit regarding an actual player on certain songs that we had always assumed was performed by the group member most associated with that particular instrument that, deep inside, we would rather have not learned at all? There are two such incidents that I have felt that way about, and although they are probably accurate and/or indisputable facts, I have chosen not to pursue or verify their authenticity for the simple reason that I didn't want them to be true.

George's lead guitar playing is just as essential on any given song as Ringo's drumming, or Paul's bass lines, or John's thrilling harmonica on such songs as 'Honey Don't', 'What You're Doing', 'A Day In The Life' and 'I Should Have Known Better', respectively. But, after at least four decades of believing two of my all-time favorite guitar solo 'fragments' from two of my favorite Beatles songs were performed by George, I have come across various sources claiming that Paul plays that ethereal, other-worldly and magnificent note progression in the middle of 'Fixing A Hole', and that John plays that spine-tingling and electrifying solo that gives 'Hey Bulldog' its rocking and (for me) raw 'bite' that never fails to bring an ecstatic shutter and smile of pure joy and delight to my being.

I want so badly to believe that George is the architectual mastermind of these two excellent guitar breaks, and as of now I choose to go on believing that. I'll still love them just as much as always if that's not the case, but it breaks my heart to think otherwise - in my own world, those major and minor chord combinations in a single solo are, or should have been, pure George, but he has plenty of other highlights in The Beatles' catalogue to justify his genius and his proper place as a Beatle right along with the other three, and if 'Here Comes The Sun' and 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' were the only contributions he had ever given, that fact would not change.

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Didn't know that about "Hey Bulldog" and "Fixing A Hole"

Wonder what others will have to say about that.

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Both of those songs were played by George. The Lady Madonna promo is actually a video of the Hey Bulldog sessions and you can see George play the solo on his SG. Fixing A Hole was also definitely George. See Joe's write-ups for more info.

Anywaysstay-on-topic

One of the sounds that grabs me in a song is the opening chord of Oh Darling!

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