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10 May 2016
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Shouldn't @Bongo have the last word on this subject?  Because ...duh...Bongo.ahdn_george_05

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I fancy myself having a keen ear for Latin percussion (having listened to thousands of Latin rock and pop songs over the years as well as African pop, including Santana, Malo, Azteca, El Chicano, Mandrill, Osibisa, Herbie Mann, Cal Tjader, Sheila Escovedo, etc.) -- but I don't hear any bongos OR congas on "A Day In The Life ".

first verse they are lightly heard 

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@Pineapple Records , you can hear them , subtly, on Paul's section:

highly recommended using headphones, of course  

Thanks Shamrock.  I finally heard them -- just barely.  Since it's so buried, it's hard for me to tell, but I would lean toward saying they are bongos, not congas.

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Did John really bring a recording of this song over to Michael Nesmith and ask for his advice about the production? Or was this just another myth surrounding the song?

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I know its a taboo discussion topic on here, but I was disappointed that this Rolling Stone of ten things I don't know about A Day In The Life never tells me who is singing the "aaaah."

http://www.rollingstone.com/mu.....ow-w459398

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sir walter raleigh said
I know its a taboo discussion topic on here, but I was disappointed that this Rolling Stone of ten things I don't know about A Day In The Life never tells me who is singing the "aaaah."

http://www.rollingstone.com/mu.....459398  

It's not a taboo subject, more that it has a history of going around in circles getting nowhere with people insisting fiercely it was whoever they think it was.
 

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I actually learned years ago that the alarm was not on purpose, but it was an alarm that rang at the end of the 24 beat measures and it wasn't supposed to be heard there.

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19 January 2017
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In the alternate Sgt. Pepper w/ George Martin and Paul commentary, they say Mal was ringing the alarm to cue them back in after the string section. At the time they had no idea how they were going to fill the empty 20 odd bars. 

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@sir walter raleigh said
In the alternate Sgt. Pepper w/ George Martin and Paul commentary, they say Mal was ringing the alarm to cue them back in after the string section. At the time they had no idea how they were going to fill the empty 20 bars.   

Yeah maybe it was something more like that. It was years ago when I read it, so I don't remember the specifics.

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The 23-bar bridge section ended with the sound of an alarm clock triggered by Evans. The original intent was to edit out the ringing alarm clock when the missing section was filled in; however it complemented McCartney's piece well; the first line of McCartney's song began "Woke up, fell out of bed", so the decision was made to keep the sound. Martin later said that editing it out would have been unfeasible in any case. The basic track for the song was refined with remixing and additional parts added at recording sessions on 20 January and 3 February.

(source: wiki)

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sir walter raleigh said
I know its a taboo discussion topic on here, but I was disappointed that this Rolling Stone of ten things I don't know about A Day In The Life never tells me who is singing the "aaaah."

http://www.rollingstone.com/mu.....459398  

I've always understood it to be John. I can recognize that nose anywhere. Close your eyes and listen. Can you hear anyone else but Lennon in deep space?

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I recently purchased the "A Day In The Life " MP3 online. It was the Blue Album version. I love it. No inner groove and a clean start. I was considering buying the Blue Album CD just for that song, but then I noticed the Blue Album has been released online. Is the clean start version just on the Blue Album ?

Also on the Blue Album I picked up "Back In The USSR ". It doesn't merge into "Dear Prudence ".

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Hey and welcome to the forum @stopwow673.

The clean 'A Day In The Life ' was first released on the 1988 compilation 'Imagine: John Lennon' which accompanied the film of the same name. It was then included on the 1993 re-release of '1967 - 1970'. Clean remixes can be found on the 'Anthology DVD', 'Rock Band', (both of which are available on bootlegs which you can get online), and 'Love'. The multi-tracks of the song have been leaked and subsequently booted as well (most easily found on Purple Chick's 'Sgt Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Purple Chick Deluxe Edition)'. Other clean mixes are out there in the world of web too.

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1 April 2017
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Hi i am a huge fan of the Beatles song A day in a life. I was wondering what copies of the UK LP pressing feature the inner groove. Does the single version feature the inner groove also.

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I think it's only first Parlophone issues. I may be wrong.

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Hi i am a huge fan of the Beatles song A day in a life. I was wondering what copies of the UK LP pressing feature the inner groove. Does the single version feature the inner groove also.  

As far as I know all copies of the UK LP pressing have the Groove as it's an integral part of the album. It was omitted from the US.

I don't believe the single does.

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I need help determining who played guitar on this song, most sources say John but most photographs from the session show that it was George.

http://www.beatlesource.com/bs.....index.html

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It seems very possible that George would play guitar on this one, especially considering that he really isn't a big part of this song and this wouldn't be the first time most people were proven wrong, remember when we were fooled into believing John played acoustic guitar on Another Girl , I was too until I realized that George was the one who played acoustic guitar on that song.

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The photos are from when they rehearsed the song, the instrumentation changed for the proper takes.

"John and Paul’s 'A Day In The Life ', perhaps the greatest achievement of the Sgt. Pepper sessions, was born this evening with four takes of the song’s basic rhythm. Photos from this day’s session show the group rehearsing the song with John at the piano and Paul at an organ, George on acoustic guitar, and Ringo playing congas. Although these rehearsals were later erased, a bit of organ can be heard prior to the start of take 1. After Geo Emerick’s announcement, using the working title 'In the Life of…,' John gives a “sugar plum fairy, sugar plum fairy” count-in. The start of the first take is available from two similar documentary clips of George Martin playing back the multitrack tape at Abbey Road . The first is an inline recording from the Making of Sgt. Pepper TV special. The second is an off-line excerpt from the Anthology DVD bonus disc; this is slightly longer, ending just after the second verse. A further mono fragment of the first take, consisting of the third verse and “turn you on” link, was included in an Anthology 2 EPK.
For these “proper” takes, John sang his guide vocal on track 4 while his acoustic guitar, Paul’s piano, George’s maracas, and Ringo’s congas all played together on track 1. The fourth take was best, so John added two more vocal overdubs on the remaining tracks, giving him several performances to choose from. In addition, on track 3, Paul added some piano in several spots: over the intro just before John’s vocal entrance, a brief lick after the lyrics “lights had changed,” dramatic chords after “House of Lords,” and single notes during the twenty-four-bar buildup in the middle. A rough cut of Anthology that circulates on video includes George Martin playing back take 4 (D), isolating tracks 1 and 4, and including John’s count-in." 

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Anybody know where I can find the mix that's on their youtube channel elsewhere? It mostly sounds the same to me apart from the 'aah' section which seems to have a boosted orchestra making it sound all the more epic.

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