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Brass lines in Beatles songs you like
21 September 2018
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I was geeking out today in school talking to my 'Beatles friend', and we could only think of two songs that have saxophone in them: Savoy Truffle and Lady Madonna

Now, I'm sure that can't be right and there has to be more. What am I forgetting?

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21 September 2018
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The Hole Got Fixed said
I was geeking out today in school talking to my 'Beatles friend', and we could only think of two songs that have saxophone in them: Savoy Truffle and Lady Madonna

Now, I'm sure that can't be right and there has to be more. What am I forgetting? 

Interesting question, @The Hole Got Fixed.

As well as Lady Madonna and Savoy Truffle , I know saxophones can be heard in:
All You Need Is Love (tenor saxophones)
Good Morning Good Morning
Got To Get You Into My Life (tenor saxophones)
Honey Pie
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) (alto saxophone played by Brian Jones)

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21 September 2018
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Ah of course! How could I forget GMGM among others...

Thank you very much @Richard, that makes a lot of sense!

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21 September 2018
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The Hole Got Fixed said
I was geeking out today in school talking to my 'Beatles friend', and we could only think of two songs that have saxophone in them: Savoy Truffle and Lady Madonna

Now, I'm sure that can't be right and there has to be more. What am I forgetting?  

Off topic, but notice how much saxophone John used in his solo career music?

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21 September 2018
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Yeah, something clicked with him in 1970 it would seem! Then again, that's not the only thing that clicked with him then...

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22 September 2018
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It's kinda logical that John would have prominent sax parts in his solo music - he was an oldtime rocknroller, and the tenor sax especially had a pretty rich heritage in the tradition...not to mention that there was a rich harvest of contemporary rock/jazz/r&b sax titans to liven up the pop singles of that era. (So glad John utilized muscular Bobby Keys, unlike Paul//George/Ringo, who all went with wet noodle Tom Scott instead!)

When it comes to brass instruments, I definitely personally prioritize saxophones over horns (and trumpet over trombone/French horn), and my favourite Beatle brass parts reflect that bias. GMGM is probably my #1 - the fuzz pedal was largely invented so that guitarists could step up, noisewise, to compete with the sax players, and here the sax players have their own technological distortion to compete with the overdriven acid-rock guitar solo! And "Savoy Truffle " kinda does the same. 

Not crazy about: the excess of trombone on a coupla White Album tracks, a bit of pomp, not always subtle.

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23 September 2018
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Bobby Keys is great. All over rock & roll in the seventies, ripping great solo agter great solo for the Stones. 

The Good Morning Good Morning sax part tricked me into thinking that the fuzz pedal on meanmistermustard was a sax as well. 

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10 October 2018
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It's not a brass line, but the "For No One " horn solo is amazing. Apparently it's really hard to do, but I can't say 'cause I'm not a horn player. a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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But... horn is a brass instrument!

I'm a horn player @lucyintheskyyyy and I can vouch: it's hard. Very hard. I can't even play half the notes, that's how hard/high it is. 

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10 October 2018
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I have to speak up for Paul's experimental/amateurish speed trumpet experiment in "Northern Song" - especially as an interesting contrast to the expertly wrought solos that he subcontracted to Alan Civil, with help from GM (and Bach?).

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"I must have misread that thread I just scrolled past. It can't possibly say 'brass lines.' There are only so many Beatles songs with brass. It must have said bass."

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