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17 May 2011
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PorcineDrone
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Hi. First time long time.

 

My favorite Beatles song is ""The Word"

 

1. The lyrics are wonderful. "Give the word a chance to say that the word is just a way." I think that's a fascinating, elegant summation of the more genuine aspirations of the entire love generation before it became co-opted. And make no mistake, aside from the Beatles' legacy, the love generation suffered a lopsided defeat at the hands of the "man".

2. The arrangement. Wikipedia mentions that the song is in Dm, but it's not really clear if the song is in minor or major keys, since the rhythm guitar (I refer to the guitar stabs on beat 2 and 3+) plays D7#9, which includes both major and minor! The main vocal line implies minor but the arrangement is traditional 12 bar blues, and as you know, you can sing a blues melody in major and minor within the same measure if you please. Another contributing factor is the fact that McCartney's piano part is a major triad, and not minor at all. So minor melody, major piano, both in the guitar stabs. The song is in both.

3. The groove. It's a kind of funk. It's danceable. It can be soul, funk, pop, peace and love, anything you like.I love the drum sounds on Rubber Soul, and the bass guitar cuts anything recorded in the rock idiom before it, and for years to come.  And when you look back on their contemporaries (even some of the black ones), what other act could so effortlessly create something like this?  Of course, Lennon and McCartney confessed to being high when they wrote this, so there's that. But John Denver also smoked an awful lot of grass, and...

4. The vocals. Two of the greatest singers in popular music history. At 1:47 there's a slight lilt in McCartney's upper harmony (one of the two tracks) that makes it even more reminiscent of the divergence to come from pop to soul-pop made popular by certain Motown acts.  By the final chorus, the harmonies commit to minor, but that clashes with the piano part. Ok, not to delve too deeply, but listen to the way the high harmony on the phrase "chance to say" descends to the 6th instead of the flat 7th (or flat 6th). That implies a major scale when coming from the tonic to the 5th. Listen to all that dissonance! I love it. The first time I heard it, even then it reached down and touched my inner rhythm like nothing I had ever heard. It still moves me. It really does. Lennon sings with such conviction and soul that it's hard not to want to come along.

I didn't mention the amazing guitar sound, the way they cut off the end of every phrase in the chorus to add to the...I don't even know the word (so to speak) to use aside from just "funky".

 

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17 May 2011
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Welcome! I'm Mith from Mexico. Why don't you introduce yourself in the introduction thread?

 

http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....49/#p35359

 

Speaking of the Word, I love that song. A friend of mine insists that a Dora The Explorer song is based on this one, but I'm not sure which song he talks about.

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18 May 2011
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I always start Rubber Soul at Think For Yourself because I can't wait for that bass line. Maybe this song and Come Together were responsible for my eventual love of funk, who knows?
But really fantastic group effort, it's hard to tell if I like Paul or Ringo more on this track. Ringo keeps the song driving at full speed, but Paul still keeps it cool. I also love Paul's out of control harmony towards the end.
Another fantastic '65 output for John that tends to get overlooked, but I always ask the question "who doesn't like this song?" after hearing it.

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18 May 2011
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18 May 2011
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I could not agree more. Is there any other way to listen to it?

To me, Think For Yourself and The Word back-to-back is the highlight of Rubber Soul. There may be better individual songs on the album, but those 2 together are fantastic.

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18 May 2011
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2 December 2011
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Would back up Joe's call for a link. Love hearing these things.

 

Have recently downloaded the isolated 5.1 tracks from the Yellow Submarine DVD where you get to hear the left rear, right rear, centre, left front and right front channels separately and they are fascinating to hear. There is a tinkling bell in All Together Now that is being played insanely that i never knew was there. And have gained a much deeper understanding of the orchestral work in Eleanor Rigby as you can hear isolated sections playing over a faint Paul vocal, you can hear all the major and minor parts and how they really do add to the lyrics. And the crispness of the delivery of singing is incredible, even Ringo singing Yellow Submarine.

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9 December 2011
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Found the Rubber Soul Rock Band multitrack files online, but The Word was incomplete (only 30 seconds). Damn!!

 

However found a site that has a number of the Rock Band files individually so took The Word from there. And i cant make out clearly what John and Paul are saying either. I'd agree that John is asking about the upcoming harmonies as Paul gives a quick blast because they sing. And it wouldnt be unlike John to be checking just before they sing.

So maybe someone else hear can figure it out.
Funny how you go searching for something and find it was where you were originally.

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