Please consider registering
Guest
sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register
Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope


Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed sp_TopicIcon
Brass lines in Beatles songs you like
12 May 2016
7.17pm
Avatar
Pineapple Records
Shea Stadium
Members
Forum Posts: 844
Member Since:
14 May 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Nothing terribly fancy here, musicologically speaking.  I just want to take a moment to tip a hat of appreciation for the Beatles songs that have brass lines adding some unique texture & panache which only brass instruments can do. 

I've always been a fan of brass instruments in pop music, which is why I like the band Chicago so much.  They were basically the most brass-oriented pop rock group in all history, I'd say.  Next perhaps is Earth, Wind and Fire (and certainly Blood, Sweat and Tears qualifies, except that the band was so short-lived).  Indeed, it was my privilege once a few decades ago to see Chicago perform a cover version of "Got To Get You Into My Life " -- with their signature brass section (James Pankow on trombone, Walt Parazaider on saxophone, and Lee Loughnane on trumpet) punching it up suitably, and Peter Cetera with his not un-McCartneyesque voice doing it interesting justice...

But I digress.  Here's my list of Beatles songs with brass lines.  To me, all of these benefit from the brass:

Got To Get You Into My Life

Good Morning, Good Morning

A Day In The Life (particularly that one little riff segueing from the dreamy "ahh ahhs" back to "I read the news today, oh boy..."

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite

All You Need Is Love

Penny Lane

[Question: should I count a song that only has one brass instrument -- Martha My Dear -- ?...]

EDIT -- WHAT WAS I THINKING??!!!  Martha My Dear has quite a full-bodied brass section, not just one French horn as my infirm memory had thought...

more later, I can't think of anymore off the top of my head...

***************

An interesting thought:  It seems that the Beatles used brass lines only during their "middle period" -- not during the first phase, nor during their final phase (Let It Be , Abbey Road ).

The following people thank Pineapple Records for this post:

Beatlebug, Von Bontee

A ginger sling with a pineapple heart,

a coffee dessert, yes you know it's good news...

12 May 2016
7.57pm
Avatar
sir walter raleigh
In our yellow (IN OUR YELLOW) submarine (SUBMARINE AHA!)
Rishikesh
Members
Forum Posts: 4456
Member Since:
26 January 2017
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Not to forget Yellow Submarine , a messy arrangement.

A little tighter sounding is Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band

"The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles!"

-Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues

"We could ride and surf together while our love would grow"

-Brian Wilson, Surfer Girl

13 May 2016
7.30am
Avatar
The Hippie Chick
Counting the holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
Candlestick Park
Members
Forum Posts: 1387
Member Since:
17 January 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Got To Get You Into My Life has the best brassy opening ever!

The following people thank The Hippie Chick for this post:

Beatlebug, Pineapple Records

“She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”  - J.D. Salinger

13 May 2016
8.47am
Avatar
Beatlebug
Find me where ye echo lays
Apple rooftop
Members
Forum Posts: 14484
Member Since:
15 February 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Indeedily 

Mother Nature's Son -- love those horns. 

And yayyyyyy Martha My Dear !!! beatlemaniacs_02_gif

It verges from the sublime to the ridiculote

Silly-Girl-2016.png Silly-Girl-2017.png bbbadge2018.jpg

New to Forumpool? You can introduce yourself here

13 May 2016
10.08am
Avatar
ewe2
Inside the beat
Rishikesh
Members
Forum Posts: 2784
Member Since:
8 January 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Savoy Truffle

Carry That Weight

Strawberry Fields Forever

I Am The Walrus

Some of my favourite Beatles Brass! George Martin had a recurring motif of alternating cellos and brass to great effect, especially in Strawberry Fields Forever , and All You Need Is Love .

The following people thank ewe2 for this post:

Beatlebug, Von Bontee

I'm like Necko only I'm a bassist ukulele guitar synthesizer kazoo penguin and also everyone. Or is everyone me? Now I'm a confused bassist ukulele guitar synthesizer kazoo penguin everyone who is definitely not @Joe.  This has been true for 2016 & 2017 Sig-Badge.png but I may have to get more specific in the future.

13 May 2016
10.20am
Avatar
gembo555
Royal Command Performance
Members
Forum Posts: 238
Member Since:
6 April 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I love their hand trumpets in Lady Madonna  

The following people thank gembo555 for this post:

ewe2, Beatlebug, Pineapple Records
13 May 2016
11.18am
Avatar
Beatlebug
Find me where ye echo lays
Apple rooftop
Members
Forum Posts: 14484
Member Since:
15 February 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

gembo555 said
I love their hand trumpets in Lady Madonna  

Ope, now you've got me going... a-hard-days-night-paul-4

Pah pah pa pa, pah pah pah, pa pa pa pa, pa pa paaah pa pah pa paaahh... a-hard-days-night-paul-7

It verges from the sublime to the ridiculote

Silly-Girl-2016.png Silly-Girl-2017.png bbbadge2018.jpg

New to Forumpool? You can introduce yourself here

13 May 2016
8.20pm
Avatar
Pineapple Records
Shea Stadium
Members
Forum Posts: 844
Member Since:
14 May 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

sir walter raleigh said
Not to forget Yellow Submarine , a messy arrangement.

A little tighter sounding is Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band  

Yes thanks -- I'm sure I forgot a few others too...

A ginger sling with a pineapple heart,

a coffee dessert, yes you know it's good news...

13 May 2016
8.22pm
Avatar
Pineapple Records
Shea Stadium
Members
Forum Posts: 844
Member Since:
14 May 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Silly Girl said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Indeedily 

Mother Nature's Son -- love those horns. 

And yayyyyyy Martha My Dear !!! beatlemaniacs_02_gif  

Another one!  Thanks!  When I first sat down to compose this thread, I strained my brain trying to remember, but obviously left out a few.  Had I gone methodically through the lists of songs from the Beatles discography, I probably would have caught these extras, but I was being a bit lazy.

A ginger sling with a pineapple heart,

a coffee dessert, yes you know it's good news...

13 May 2016
8.26pm
Avatar
Pineapple Records
Shea Stadium
Members
Forum Posts: 844
Member Since:
14 May 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

ewe2 said
Savoy Truffle

Carry That Weight

Strawberry Fields Forever

I Am The Walrus

Some of my favourite Beatles Brass! George Martin had a recurring motif of alternating cellos and brass to great effect, especially in Strawberry Fields Forever , and All You Need Is Love .  

Thanks -- I just thought of Savoy Truffle before I saw this (mostly or exclusively? saxophones); and the others had completely eluded me.  The only one I can't remember brass for at all, even now in my mind's ear, is I Am The Walrus .  Let me have a listen here...

Hmm...  it seems that I Am The Walrus only has a string section (violins, cellos, etc.) but I can't discern any brass.

A ginger sling with a pineapple heart,

a coffee dessert, yes you know it's good news...

13 May 2016
8.26pm
Avatar
Beatlebug
Find me where ye echo lays
Apple rooftop
Members
Forum Posts: 14484
Member Since:
15 February 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Well, if you had gotten them all, then there wouldn't be very much left for us to discuss. a-hard-days-night-john-6 

Though I'm sure we'd have found something... ahdn_george_01

The following people thank Beatlebug for this post:

Pineapple Records

It verges from the sublime to the ridiculote

Silly-Girl-2016.png Silly-Girl-2017.png bbbadge2018.jpg

New to Forumpool? You can introduce yourself here

13 May 2016
10.04pm
Avatar
ewe2
Inside the beat
Rishikesh
Members
Forum Posts: 2784
Member Since:
8 January 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Pineapple Records said

Thanks -- I just thought of Savoy Truffle before I saw this (mostly or exclusively? saxophones); and the others had completely eluded me.  The only one I can't remember brass for at all, even now in my mind's ear, is I Am The Walrus .  Let me have a listen here...

Hmm...  it seems that I Am The Walrus only has a string section (violins, cellos, etc.) but I can't discern any brass.  

It's in the very early part of the song just as he's singing I'm crying..., in the stereo there's a brass section on your right. And when we get to yellow matter custard there is admittedly one horn doing a line. Martin was brilliant at little "tastes" like this, blink and you miss 'em. And brass is still going later in the song, sometimes it's playing along with the strings, but it's noticeable again at another I'm crying line just before the last chorus.

The following people thank ewe2 for this post:

Beatlebug, Von Bontee

I'm like Necko only I'm a bassist ukulele guitar synthesizer kazoo penguin and also everyone. Or is everyone me? Now I'm a confused bassist ukulele guitar synthesizer kazoo penguin everyone who is definitely not @Joe.  This has been true for 2016 & 2017 Sig-Badge.png but I may have to get more specific in the future.

14 May 2016
12.31am
Avatar
Ron Nasty
Apple rooftop
Members

Reviewers
Forum Posts: 9294
Member Since:
17 December 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Brian Jones' alto sax on You Know My Name (Look Up the Number).

The following people thank Ron Nasty for this post:

Beatlebug, Pineapple Records, ewe2, BeatleSnut

"I only said we were bigger than Rod... and now there's all this!" Ron Nasty

 

The Beatles Non-Canon Poll List

14 May 2016
5.56am
Avatar
Shamrock Womlbs
Waiting for the van to come
Rishikesh
Members
Forum Posts: 2830
Member Since:
24 March 2014
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Magical mistery tour...

The following people thank Shamrock Womlbs for this post:

Beatlebug, ewe2

"I Need You by George Harrison"

14 May 2016
9.23am
Avatar
The Hippie Chick
Counting the holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
Candlestick Park
Members
Forum Posts: 1387
Member Since:
17 January 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Shamrock Womlbs said
Magical mistery tour...  

Ah yes! Another great brassy opening... Magical Mystery Tour heart

“She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”  - J.D. Salinger

14 May 2016
5.02pm
Avatar
Pineapple Records
Shea Stadium
Members
Forum Posts: 844
Member Since:
14 May 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

ewe2 said

It's in the very early part of the song just as he's singing I'm crying..., in the stereo there's a brass section on your right. And when we get to yellow matter custard there is admittedly one horn doing a line. Martin was brilliant at little "tastes" like this, blink and you miss 'em. And brass is still going later in the song, sometimes it's playing along with the strings, but it's noticeable again at another I'm crying line just before the last chorus.  

Thanks ewe2 -- I could hear the brass after the "yellow matter custard" (sounds like one French horn), but I still couldn't hear brass in the other places.  Could be my relatively poor sound system...

The following people thank Pineapple Records for this post:

ewe2

A ginger sling with a pineapple heart,

a coffee dessert, yes you know it's good news...

14 May 2016
5.06pm
Avatar
Pineapple Records
Shea Stadium
Members
Forum Posts: 844
Member Since:
14 May 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Shamrock Womlbs said
Magical mistery tour...  

Of course!  That's another face palm for me (we should have an emoticon of Ringo face-palming himself...)

A ginger sling with a pineapple heart,

a coffee dessert, yes you know it's good news...

14 May 2016
5.42pm
Avatar
Beatlebug
Find me where ye echo lays
Apple rooftop
Members
Forum Posts: 14484
Member Since:
15 February 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

@Pineapple Records said
That's another face palm for me (we should have an emoticon of Ringo face-palming himself...)

Why when we have such a lovely emoticon of Paul face-paulming himself? ahdn_george_06 

Here ya go: paul-mccartney-facepalm_gifpaul-mccartney-facepalm_gifpaul-mccartney-facepalm_gifpaul-mccartney-facepalm_gif 

The following people thank Beatlebug for this post:

Pineapple Records

It verges from the sublime to the ridiculote

Silly-Girl-2016.png Silly-Girl-2017.png bbbadge2018.jpg

New to Forumpool? You can introduce yourself here

16 May 2016
1.42am
Avatar
Pineapple Records
Shea Stadium
Members
Forum Posts: 844
Member Since:
14 May 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

That's great silly girl!  Where is that photo from?  I never saw it before.  You're good at those paul puns.

You might like this famous quote of American Senator and Presidential candidate from the 1950s -- though he was referring to St. Paul (and contrasting him to Norman Vincent Peale), you can change it in your mind:

"I find Paul appealing, and Peale appalling."

The following people thank Pineapple Records for this post:

Beatlebug

A ginger sling with a pineapple heart,

a coffee dessert, yes you know it's good news...

16 May 2016
9.08am
Avatar
Beatlebug
Find me where ye echo lays
Apple rooftop
Members
Forum Posts: 14484
Member Since:
15 February 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

 @Pineapple Records said
That's great silly girl!  Where is that photo from?  I never saw it before. 

It's (one of) our newest smiley(s)! ahdn_george_08 (In other words, I don't know) 

You're good at those paul puns.

Not my joke, sorry-- I found this on the internets somewhere: 

Facepaulm.jpgImage Enlarger

It verges from the sublime to the ridiculote

Silly-Girl-2016.png Silly-Girl-2017.png bbbadge2018.jpg

New to Forumpool? You can introduce yourself here

Forum Timezone: America/Chicago
Most Users Ever Online: 597
Currently Online: AppleScruffJunior, Billy Rhythm, Capri, Jenna L, Kaniffee
1
Guest(s)
Top Posters:
Starr Shine?: 15563
Beatlebug: 14483
Ron Nasty: 9294
Necko: 7844
parlance: 7111
50yearslate: 6535
The Hole Got Fixed: 6485
mr. Sun king coming together: 6403
Mr. Kite: 6147
trcanberra: 6045
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 87
Members: 2686
Moderators: 4
Admins: 2
Forum Stats:
Groups: 3
Forums: 44
Topics: 4722
Posts: 319683
Newest Members:
Win, ckatrading, bladerunnerblues, ringosfreakingtonsils, BeaTreck
Moderators: Joe: 5044, Zig: 9805, meanmistermustard: 22017, Ahhh Girl: 17967
Administrators: Joe: 5044, Ellie: 4