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'Yes It Is' - A little bit out of tune?
4 September 2012
12.48pm
tkj
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Am I the only one who thinks 'Yes It Is' is a little bit out of tune some places? Like the first line : 'if you wear red , toniiiiiiiiiiight' 
The 'tonight' sounds a little bit wrong in my ears. What do you think?

 

 

After listening to it a thousand times to check if its out of tune, I've kinda got used to it and now I think it sounds in tune. lol, but the first 20 times I heard it I thought it didnt sound right.

4 September 2012
3.35pm
Von Bontee
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I never thought it was out of tune; just sounds like an unconventional harmony vocal on somebody's part. Can't be sure, though.

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4 September 2012
7.11pm
c64wood
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What Von Bontee said.  a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

 

I always thought it was just an added tone chord they were singing.ahdn_paul_01

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4 September 2012
8.05pm
unknown
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I always thought they were going for it sounding out of tune.

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5 September 2012
7.39am
tkj
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unknown said
I always thought they were going for it sounding out of tune.

But why would they go for that?

5 September 2012
3.17pm
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It's out of tune because the dissonant, complex harmonies don't necessarily fit over the guitar chords. To be honest it was something they could have fixed by changing one note in the instrumental part, but I think the clash works anyway. The same thing occurs in I'll Be Back- "you know, if you break my heart I'll go…" George and John (I think) sing notes which are a tone apart.

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5 September 2012
5.49pm
Von Bontee
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It's a question of philosophy – if they listened to the playback and liked what they heard and decided to keep it (as they probably did), is it really "out of tune"?

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
5 September 2012
5.56pm
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Obviously not to them. a-hard-days-night-paul-3

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5 September 2012
7.15pm
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paulsbass said

Ben Ramon said
It's out of tune because the dissonant, complex harmonies don't necessarily fit over the guitar chords. To be honest it was something they could have fixed by changing one note in the instrumental part, but I think the clash works anyway. The same thing occurs in I'll Be Back- "you know, if you break my heart I'll go…" George and John (I think) sing notes which are a tone apart.

Sorry, I disagree.

I LOVE "clashing" notes (check out any Police album for Sting's backing vocals), and that is not the trouble here.

The simple truth is:

They're just a LITTLE bit out of tune. End of story.

It's in fact the low note (out of the three), and it's the same at the second "tonight" in the first verse and the first "tonight" in the third verse. Low notes are harder to hit anyways, and maybe the syllable doesn't help.

"Wore" in the second verse is fine, as is the "tonight" in verse four. Here the clashing notes sound very well.

I've just listened to it through again and thought about it with the chords and yeah, you are right on this. It does sag flat a little bit at the times you mentioned (think it might be George?) But even then, I think the strange chord gives a weird atmosphere and helps the song; it does have an oddly eerie tone and subject matter (is it about a guy whose girlfriend has died, and he's imploring his next one not to wear red because that's what "his baby" wore in life? Or on the night of her death? It's all very Miss Havisham).

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