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Song fragments that really grab you
28 September 2012
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FlyOn13 said
Love Paul's little yawn in I'm Only Sleeping. ahdn_paul_01

That was Paul? I thought it was John. a-hard-days-night-john-7

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29 September 2012
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The drum intro on What Youre Doing and then later when its repeated but the guitar comes in over it as well. I also love John and George's vocal part. Such an underrated song that seems to pass many by.

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29 September 2012
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Into the Sky with Diamonds said Holsety, you've GOT to hear Joe Cocker's cover. The bass is played on a stand-up bass, and that descending bass line REALLY stands out. Thanks for reminding me!

 

Yeah, I have a bass boost on my headset for those really quiet bass lines. It helps when listening to their first album. But anyway, I have more.

I like the piano intro on You Like Me Too Much and Savoy Truffle. Even though I usually say how I don't like piano on the front of a song a lot of the time, I guess electric piano grabs me a different way; only the intro on the former is acoustic piano and the rest is electric played by John? I read somewhere Chris Thomas played the piano on Savoy Truffle. I'll check on that right now.

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29 September 2012
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YEAH, mustard, What You're Doing is a great song! Reason #1,027 that The Beatles Rule: Three distinct, individual, yet collectively exquisite singers, in any combination - John & George backing Paul, Paul & John backing George, Paul & George backing John, Taxman, Yes It Is, Because, Sun King, Tell Me Why - the list never ends, because when you've gotten to the very last one, the first ones are fresh all over again!

29 September 2012
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Oh. almost forgot from getting so carried away - didn't I read somewhere that Ringo was hitting a a large, empty suitcase to get those drum interludes?

29 September 2012
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I want to say you're getting your songs confused here, I don't think it's on What You're doing.

Edit: Suitcase playing occurs on Words Of Love

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29 September 2012
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THERE you go, Sun king

I was hoping I would get an answer before I got the compulsion to look it up- thank you for your expediency!

29 September 2012
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I've got a few more.

The guitar and bass intro of "She Said, She Said," followed by Ringo's tasty drum riff.

The backwards voices at the end of "Rain."

George Martin's Bach-influenced piano solo in the bridge of "In My Life."

Two words: "El Dorado."

Paul's cheesy "Besame Mucho" vocal, "cha-cha-boom!" and all.

Billy Preston's rooftop keyboard solo from "Get Back."

The energetic piano intro on "Slow Down."

Finally, a video fragment of LET IT BE (1970):
John and Yoko waltzing while George works out "I, Me, Mine" in the studio.

30 September 2012
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Holsety said, "I like the piano intro on You Like Me Too Much and Savoy Truffle. Even though I usually say how I don't like piano on the front of a song a lot of the time"

IMO there a number of fabulous piano intros in Beatle songs, even when they're remarkably short and simple.

Exhibit A would be the piano intro on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

The intro to the "The Word" is fun, and the intro to "Ob La Di ..." though somewhat cliched is pretty effective.

 

(P.S. Any Neil Young, Foo Fighters or Black Eyed Peas fans out there? They're putting on a free concert in Central Park and rattling my windows. I should be out there.)

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
30 September 2012
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Into the Sky with Diamonds said 
(P.S. Any Neil Young, Foo Fighters or Black Eyed Peas fans out there? They're putting on a free concert in Central Park and rattling my windows. I should be out there.)

As a massive Neil Young fan, get out of your house right now and start Rockin' In The Free World.

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
30 September 2012
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The most jarring song fragment in The Beatles' recorded history would have to be that 'BOO!' moment about 20 seconds into the dead silence after The End closes, when that 'final chord' right before Her Majesty comes on to end the 2nd side of 'Abbey Road'.

Just imagine the millions of first-time listeners, sitting by their record players in silence after being completely awestruck by that finale, only to almost jump out of their chair when that 'surprise' crashing chord bursts in and Her Majesty begins! Even listening to it today, knowing it's coming, it still 'grabs' me after that suspensful wait, and I can never pinpoint the exact moment it comes in!

That 'final cord' is the original ending of the Mean Mr. Mustard rough mix, btw.

30 September 2012
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The best thing about the crashing guitar chord of Her Majesty is having the volume up really loud and someone comes into the room as the The End comes to an end. The suprise and jump they get is delightful to see.

 

As for You Like Me Too Much either the changes either going into or coming out of the bridge and the solo with the competing pianos are why i love that song.

And continuing the Help! theme Tell Me What You See with the forceful "Tell Me What You See!" at the end of the chorus's followed by the electric piano and Ringo's crashing cymbal and it coming back to life. Help! has to be one of the best albums that is made up of such an enjoyable collection of upbeat songs that have nothing to do with each other. Its like they had conquered that land and had to move to newer territories with Rubber Soul onwards.

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30 September 2012
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mmm--

The British HELP! is my all-time favorite Beatles album.

1 October 2012
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I just thought of one!

 

The backwards guitar parts smushed together into somewhat of a solo in Tomorrow Never Knows

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1 October 2012
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The strange beginning of "Strawberry Fields Forever."

When I recently found a (recorded in France) 1957 COLUMBIA LP called DELIRIUM IN HI-FI, I heard this same odd effect also the backwards instruments playing forward phrases that John used on other songs. He must've been a fan of that very unusual and innovative record.

3 October 2012
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The piano introduction to 'Martha, My Dear' is so beautiful, and sophisticated, and original, like a newly-discovered classical piece from Chopin or Vivaldi. I would love it no matter who the session instrumentalist was, like the horn player on 'Penny Lane' or the flute player on 'Fool On The Hill'.

But to imagine Paul just sitting down at the piano and being able to play that as if he were a classically-trained pianist, like he did, along with writing the music and arrangement, which had a dozen actual classically-trained musicians playing on the final recording, still just thrills me to the marrow every time I hear it. Does anyone know of a live performance of this on video?

3 October 2012
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I like the way "You Can't Do That" ends, with three extended guitar notes.

What is that strange instrument on "Baby You're A Rich Man," an oboe? uhhh

That's gotta be Paul's rhythm at the top of "Why Don't We Do It In The Road??" Maybe he does the whole track (not looking it up!).

The poetry in "Julia" still gives me gooseflesh. Lovely.

That last "Al-to-ge-ther nowwwwwww" and the bulb horn.

Dream sweet dreams.

3 October 2012
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The strange instrument on Baby, Youre A Rich Man is a clavioline. Found a little titbit online relating to BYARM (something ive not heard before)

 But it was for John Lennon's possibly drug-induced experiments on the Clavioline that it is best remembered, with one apocryphal story suggesting that he created its memorable wail by rolling an orange up and down the keyboard!

Why Dont We Do It In The Road? was all Paul apart from Ringo who played the drums but it is his tune.

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4 October 2012
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mmm-- That was an interesting article, thanks!

Have you seen that in November APPLE is releasing a vinyl box set of 16 remastereed Beatles LPs, all the British albums (the first four in stereo for the first time in the US), plus the American Magical Mystery Tour and volumes one and two of Past Masters.

The first 50,000 sets include a substantial hardcover book.

http://www.amazon.com/Stereo-V.....x+set+2012

I considered it but this isn't for me. Not interested in digital sound on vinyl and I prefer the original mixes, thanks.

PS-- Do you know what "St. Peter's Church" after my name means?

4 October 2012
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It's your location. Your location changes the more you post, until you hit the rooftop. It's just a fun idea - we don't judge you because of a early location.

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