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Which Beatle Do You Prefer Singing The "Screaming" Songs? John Or Paul?
21 June 2012
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Personally, I think it's John's place. I can only picture Paul singing the sweet little love melodies, ya know? Paul just sounds kind of awkward singing Long Tall Sally and She's A Woman to me... John sounds pretty awesome in Twist And Shout though... So you guys' opinion?

21 June 2012
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I guess it really depends on the song. I don't think Paul sounds awkward at all on songs like Long Tall Sally or She's A Woman, and he really kills Helter Skelter. I'm not sure where you get that he sounds awkward at all...

Go take a listen to Monkberry Moon Delight or Rode All Night.

However, I do love John's screaming in Twist And Shout and Yer Blues. It's raw and emotional.

I get more of a kick out of Paul screaming simply because he can do the softer ballads so well, too.

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21 June 2012
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Paul is technically more skilled at the screamers, his high notes are powerful and effortless, but in the early days he did often come across as a carbon copy of Little Richard. John's screaming was quite distinctive and characteristic, because it seemed to take more raw power and effort for him to pull it off.

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21 June 2012
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For me it's John by miles. My impression is that when John screams it comes from deep inside. He puts much more soul to it than Paul.

LennonCloset said
Paul just sounds kind of awkward singing Long Tall Sally and She's A Woman to me...

I feel the same. Same with  I'm Down - it just doesn't work.

Though of course, there are exceptions : Helter Skelter (my favourite Beatles song right now), the middle part of Ive Got A Feeling, ...

21 June 2012
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Fantastic screamers, both of 'em, but I generally agree with Mr. Ramon - that Paul did it more effortlessly than John, resulting in John coming up with more conviction, by necessity.

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21 June 2012
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Definitely John.

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22 June 2012
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Ben Ramon said
Paul is technically more skilled at the screamers, his high notes are powerful and effortless, but in the early days he did often come across as a carbon copy of Little Richard. John's screaming was quite distinctive and characteristic, because it seemed to take more raw power and effort for him to pull it off.

Well, don't forget John's intro to "Mr. Moonlight", I think it sounded clean enough to me, but yeah, John's voice is useally the rawest ("Twist And Shout" - but, he had cold then). After all, I think John win this time. a-hard-days-night-john-4

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22 June 2012
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kedame said
I guess it really depends on the song. I don't think Paul sounds awkward at all on songs like Long Tall Sally or She's A Woman, and he really kills Helter Skelter. I'm not sure where you get that he sounds awkward at all...

Go take a listen to Monkberry Moon Delight or Rode All Night.

However, I do love John's screaming in Twist And Shout and Yer Blues. It's raw and emotional.

I get more of a kick out of Paul screaming simply because he can do the softer ballads so well, too.

I agree with the portions of your post that I have bolded. I don't think Paul sounds awkward on any songs but will say that on songs like "Oh! Darling", he does come off as sounding a bit forced. That is not a knock on him, just an observation.

In any event, I would kill (OK - give someone a paper cut) to have his range!paul-mccartney

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22 June 2012
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I was just going to post about Oh!Darling and how Paul's voice sounds a little like he's struggling when I noticed that other people have already said that. Anyway, yeah that, I love the song but I feel like I want to get a scarf out for him and a throat tablet because he sounds like he might of had a bit of a sore throat after all that. Poor ol' Paulie. ahdn_paul_06

Great song though, all the same. One of the best off the Abbey Road album.

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22 June 2012
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Zig said

kedame said
I guess it really depends on the song. I don't think Paul sounds awkward at all on songs like Long Tall Sally or She's A Woman, and he really kills Helter Skelter

I agree with the portions of your post that I have bolded. I don't think Paul sounds awkward on any songs but will say that on songs like "Oh! Darling", he does come off as sounding a bit forced. 

I love Oh! Darling - and Paul's vocal is killer, in my opinion. Although, maybe that's just because I don't find it "awkward to be struck straining for the high notes!

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22 June 2012
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I think they're both great, but I'd have to say John.

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22 June 2012
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For me John, he has more passion and feeling when he is screaming, eg when he goes "YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" just before I Want You goes into the 3 minute outro. Twist And Shout is another example, not just the studio verson but even when live. Of the rock and roll covers i prefer Johns over Pauls.

 

Paul was trying too hard for Oh Darling, if he had let John sing it it would have been far far superior. John would have gotten it over with quickly whereas Paul was in the studio early for a number of days trying to get it right. 

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22 June 2012
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meanmistermustard said
For me John, he has more passion and feeling when he is screaming, eg when he goes "YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" just before I Want You goes into the 3 minute outro. Twist And Shout is another example, not just the studio verson but even when live. Of the rock and roll covers i prefer Johns over Pauls.

 

Paul was trying too hard for Oh Darling, if he had let John sing it it would have been far far superior. John would have gotten it over with quickly whereas Paul was in the studio early for a number of days trying to get it right. 

I don't ever agree that Paul should have let John sing Oh! Darling. Why does it matter how long it took? It's still a killer song with a killer vocal. Paul, in my opinion, has a better ballad voice, but that doesn't mean I think John should have let Paul sing This Boy or Julia (John does a spectacular job on both, so why should he?). Same for Paul with Oh! Darling. It's his song, and he was trying to say something with it. I wouldn't have wanted to hear Paul sing I Want You (She's So Heavy) because that is John trying to say something specific to someone. I think Oh! Darling is like that, too. This is one of the reasons I find it hard to take that John's one recording of Goodnight is lost forever.

Not trying to start an argument here...I just hear that a lot, and I've never really gotten why.apple01

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22 June 2012
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For me Paul tried too hard to get the right sound and i can hear that on the record. Others feel different and thats fine.

If John and Paul were closer and were willing to be honest and open with each other like they were in '64 i think Paul might have had John at least participate, the Anthology 3 run through when they sing together is stunning. I dont think thats putting Paul down or saying he couldnt sing it at all, Paul had a great range.

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23 June 2012
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This is probably not a shocker to you, but definitely PAUL!!! Haha! I feel he has a strong range, not that John does not, he has a beautiful voice, but i feel Paul can just reach there easier and can get extremely high and loud. But I love John in the song "Mr. Moonlight". He did a very good job with that first note. But songs like "Long Tall Sally', "Im Down", and many, many others, I like with Paul singing.

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23 June 2012
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meanmistermustard said
For me John, he has more passion and feeling when he is screaming, eg when he goes "YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" just before I Want You goes into the 3 minute outro.

I love that bit! John's best scream in my opinion. Also love how very faintly after it you can hear Paul whoop with delight.

Paul was trying too hard for Oh Darling, if he had let John sing it it would have been far far superior. John would have gotten it over with quickly whereas Paul was in the studio early for a number of days trying to get it right. 

I think that's more a case of Paul being a perfectionist than finding it difficult to sing. I honestly don't think John had the range and stamina required for the song and although John's screamers are often more convincing, Oh Darling wouldn't have transferred properly.

Also, outtakes show that it took multiple tries for John to get the first note in Mr Moonlight and the top A "oh my" in This Boy. (Mind you, to reiterate, the fact that these notes were difficult to sing makes the passion and strength required for them even more evident on the final take).

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23 June 2012
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The only reason Paul is on AHDN is that John couldnt reach the notes so there obvious precedent. Maybe it is down to Pauls perfectionist side that it sounds to me on the record like he went over and over it like he did when recording Maxwells Silver Hammer and Ob La Di Ob La Da. Its just something i hear every time that its got too much effort in the vocal work.

In the earlier songs like Im Down and Long Tall Sally it sounds like Paul just let go in the moment whereas with Oh! Darling it was a concious effort to make it sound right.

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23 June 2012
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I say Paul, best examples are Long Tall Sally, Kansas City, I'm Down, Helter Skelter, I'm Down, the middle eight of I've Got A Feeling and some parts of Oh! My Soul (which I thought was sung by Lennon until I read the beatles bible article). Twist And Shout sounds good but not as good as my earlier examples, I'd say

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23 June 2012
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Consider John in Don't Let Me Down:

"IT'S A LOOOVE THAT LAAASTS FOREVER!!!"

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23 June 2012
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Which Beatle do I prefer singing the screaming songs?

 

George of course. ahdn_george_06ahdn_george_06

 

Sorry I'm just trolling. I love John and Paul screams. a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-paul-8

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