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Noise in Cry Baby Cry
3 August 2014
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Mr. Kite
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There's a noise in Cry Baby Cry (0:24-0:27 and various other places in the song), and I think it's a bass but I'm not completely sure.
I'm sure it's used elsewhere, and it's a cool sound.

What exactly is that and how do you replicate that sound?

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You're really into the 'White Album ' these days aren't you?  Since you're listening so intently, I've heard before that if you listen real closely on 'Long, Long, Long ', you apparently can hear a bottle of Blue Nun wine rattling on top of one of their amplifiers.  I've yet to hear it myself, although there's times where I think that I might but am not too sure, I think it's during that crazy bit near the end where everyone loses it...:-) 

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@Billy Rhythm I was just listening through the album for road trip entertainment and now I have all these questions! a-hard-days-night-george-9

Don't want to derail the thread already, but I've heard that about the Blue Nun too. Haven't heard it though, but I honestly don't listen to Long, Long, Long very much.

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I love that song (it's one of the ones I chose for the Beatles Bible band) and I can hear the bottle rattling towards the end.

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3 August 2014
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It is at the end. It starts out as the true sound of the bottle rattling, but gets slowly enhanced to the point where it just sounds like an electronic noise. It happened naturally during an earlier take and then they duplicated the sound after liking it so much. Here is the link to Joe's article on it. And an excerpt:

There’s a sound near the end of the song which is a bottle of Blue Nun wine rattling away on top of a Leslie speaker cabinet. It just happened. Paul hit a certain note and the bottle started vibrating. We thought it was so good that we set the mikes up and did it again. The Beatles always took advantage of accidents.
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The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn

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3 August 2014
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Apologies to Mr. Kite for straying off-topic with 'Long, Long, Long ', but I'm not exactly sure what the "noise" is that you are hearing during 'Cry Baby Cry ' here.  I'm pretty sure that it's not the bass though, for from what I remember, the bass doesn't even kick in until the second verse, which is likely beyond the 24 second mark of the song.  I'm thinking that maybe it's that haunting organ (I think it's an organ!) that appears throughout the song, it's kinda like the "wash at the backdrop of the painting" which provides a very eerie effect to this very remarkable 'White Album ' track which for some reason has always sounded rather "spooky" to me, it's as though the child who's "crying" is about to sprout horns and fangs or something then lunge out from its carriage (which it in fact DOES on 'Revolution #9'!).

 

Now, about 'Long, Long, Long ', Haha.  I think that this is a VERY underrated George Harrison song, and one of the "weirdest" (for lack of a better term) tracks on the 'White Album ' (and that includes 'Revolution #9').  I love how the song's dynamics range from the almost whispered verses to the thunderous passages throughout, how it's pulled off here is nothing short of pure Beatle Brilliance (much of the credit goes to Ringo).  The "So Many Tears I Was Searching..." Middle Eight is excellent, and I've often wondered if this inspired Paul's "Many Times I've Been Alone..." (if subconsciously) Middle Eight to 'The Long And Winding Road ' for they've always sounded kinda similar to me.  And how about the ending all ready discussed above?!  Truly one of the best endings to any side of a Beatles' Album, after hearing this you just GOTTA flip it over to Side 4 for more, and it wasn't the first time that George Harrison led the way in innovation on a Beatles' album, great song George...:-) 

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It is the bass. Paul was known for adding little flares above the 12th fret. A similar thing is done (though by no means identical) during Baby You're A Rich Man where he plays the octave of the root note for an added effect. It's rather hard to describe in words... it's much easier to show in person haha.

 

I'm sure the Long, Long, Long issue has been answered, but the bottle is the creaking sound heard at the end. It's faded into a snare drum before George starts his moaning. 

 

Hope this helps!

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12 August 2014
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I was listening to the song out loud and couldn't hear the thing I was talking about! The section I pointined out is where there's that piano part, and that completely drowns out the the sound I'm talking about.

If you listen to the left side of the stereo mix with headphones from 0:15-0:18 you'll know what I mean.

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Well, the only remarkable sound I heard begins at about 16 seconds continuing to 19, and to my ear it's clearly high bass notes being "scooped up" (not sure what technique Paul used, but I'd just forcefully slide my finger up into the note in quick successions).

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Well, the only remarkable sound I heard begins at about 16 seconds continuing to 19, and to my ear it's clearly high bass notes being "scooped up" (not sure what technique Paul used, but I'd just forcefully slide my finger up into the note in quick successions).

So it was a bass? Thanks! Now when/if I have a bass I know how to do that...

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I think so, Mr. Kite, and I'd guess it's a G note played up high somewhere.

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