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16 July 2010
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A Fiendish Thingy said:

I always sing the lowest part, 'cause I have a low, man-ish singing voice a-hard-days-night-ringo-12 so I'm usually George. My friend's mom, who's a vocal coach, says I have the same vocal range as Julie London and Audrey Hepburn, everyone laughs at me when I sing, 'cause I have a really girly speaking voice.a-hard-days-night-paul-11


 

Really? I *wish* I had Audrey Hepburn's voice!! My favorite cover of La Vie en Rose is hers in Sabrina, when she sings the song to Bogart... 

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

Beware of Darkness… 

16 July 2010
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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

What's your range? I have a pretty wide range (D below middle C to A below high C. I can go higher, but it sounds like crap. If you don't have absolute pitch like me, get thyself to a piano.), so I can sing most parts comfortably. 


 

I'm not sure, actually. When the notes are low, I don't really understand octaves very well, when I sing one note, I think it's an octave higher than the one being played, so I don't really know.

mithveaen said:

My favorite cover of La Vie en Rose is hers in Sabrina, when she sings the song to Bogart… 


 

I can actually sing at the same pitch as she does in the film, and I can go a little lower than the lowest notes she sings:

(Sorry if the lyrics are wrong, these are how I remember them and I suck at French.) The lowest notes are in bold a-hard-days-night-george-9 I'm sure there's a video on youtube of her singing the song, if you have nothing else to do, just watch it and wait until she sings them; that's how low I can sing.

Il me dit des mots d'amour

Des mots de tous les jours

Et ca m'fait quelque chose

Il et entre dans mon coeur

Une parte de bonheur… etc.

I can sing up to the harmonic of the high E string of a guitar, and a little bit higher.

Wow, I'm really bored.

Carrying on. I agree with Paulsbass on "Your Mother Should Know", it's one of my favorite ones.

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16 July 2010
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Over the first fret with two dots? That's two Es above middle C. 

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16 July 2010
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"Anna(Go to Him)." You know what I'm talking about.


Um, no I don't, sorry!  That's one of my very favourite of John's vocals - in fact, his ravaged-by-sickness "Please Please Me" voice thrills me to pieces throughout.

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

16 July 2010
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Von Bontee said:

MeanMrs.Mustard said:

 

"Anna(Go to Him)." You know what I'm talking about.


Um, no I don't, sorry!  That's one of my very favourite of John's vocals – in fact, his ravaged-by-sickness "Please Please Me" voice thrills me to pieces throughout.


 

Seriously! Why does everyone hate on "Anna"? The best part is the aahs with the "all of my life, I've been searchin' for a girrrlll…". It's great! a-hard-days-night-george-8

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16 July 2010
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A Fiendish Thingy said:

Von Bontee said:

MeanMrs.Mustard said:

 

"Anna(Go to Him)." You know what I'm talking about.


Um, no I don't, sorry!  That's one of my very favourite of John's vocals – in fact, his ravaged-by-sickness "Please Please Me" voice thrills me to pieces throughout.


 

Seriously! Why does everyone hate on "Anna"? The best part is the aahs with the "all of my life, I've been searchin' for a girrrlll…". It's great! a-hard-days-night-george-8


Umm.... Because we don't like it? Because the backing vocals sound sea-sick? Because it's irritating? 

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16 July 2010
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Wha - Do people really hate on "Anna"?  Like it's "Mr. Moonlight" or something??  (which i also like, but never mind)

This is news to me!

 

(Strangely enough, believe it or not, some folks here at the office were discussing that very song just this afternoon!  Arthur Alexander's original version, that is - or, more precisely, the old episode of "Married With Children" which plot revolved around it.)

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16 July 2010
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Exactly. Like it's "Mr. Moonlight." 

You LIKE "Mr. Moonlight?" (backs up very slowly) 

Um, let's see. Common ground, common ground. Do you like the Abbey Road medley? 

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16 July 2010
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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

Exactly. Like it's "Mr. Moonlight." 

You LIKE "Mr. Moonlight?" (backs up very slowly) 

Um, let's see. Common ground, common ground. Do you like the Abbey Road medley? 


I like Mr. Moonlight, it's probably the weirdest track they ever did because of that lame organ solo. It sounds like grocery store music.

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16 July 2010
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Eh, it just gets under my skin. And not in the "Hey Jude" way. 

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16 July 2010
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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

Exactly. Like it's "Mr. Moonlight." 

You LIKE "Mr. Moonlight?" (backs up very slowly) 

Um, let's see. Common ground, common ground. Do you like the Abbey Road medley? 


 

No, I've made 150+ posts here about how much I like "Anna", "Mr. Moonlight" and "Revolution 9" and hate everything else! [/snarky]

Actually, you know what's even better than the Abbey Road medley? The Abbey Road medley with "Her Majesty" restored to its rightful spot in between "MMM" and "PP" using audio software! (You know you're hardcore when...etc.)

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!"
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16 July 2010
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Von Bontee said:

MeanMrs.Mustard said:

Exactly. Like it's "Mr. Moonlight." 

You LIKE "Mr. Moonlight?" (backs up very slowly) 

Um, let's see. Common ground, common ground. Do you like the Abbey Road medley? 


 

No, I've made 150+ posts here about how much I like "Anna", "Mr. Moonlight" and "Revolution 9" and hate everything else! [/snarky]

Actually, you know what's even better than the Abbey Road medley? The Abbey Road medley with "Her Majesty" restored to its rightful spot in between "MMM" and "PP" using audio software! (You know you're hardcore when...etc.)


Wow, you made 150+ posts! That's hard to do, especially if the person has only 133 -_-a-hard-days-night-george-5

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16 July 2010
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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

Eh, it just gets under my skin. And not in the "Hey Jude" way. 


Well only the best grocery store music gets under the skin.

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16 July 2010
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MrBig said:

Von Bontee said:

MeanMrs.Mustard said:

Exactly. Like it's "Mr. Moonlight." 

You LIKE "Mr. Moonlight?" (backs up very slowly) 

Um, let's see. Common ground, common ground. Do you like the Abbey Road medley? 


 

No, I've made 150+ posts here about how much I like "Anna", "Mr. Moonlight" and "Revolution 9" and hate everything else! [/snarky]

Actually, you know what's even better than the Abbey Road medley? The Abbey Road medley with "Her Majesty" restored to its rightful spot in between "MMM" and "PP" using audio software! (You know you're hardcore when…etc.)


Wow, you made 150+ posts! That's hard to do, especially if the person has only 133 -_-a-hard-days-night-george-5

 


 

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17 July 2010
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Von Bontee said:

MeanMrs.Mustard said:

Exactly. Like it's "Mr. Moonlight." 

You LIKE "Mr. Moonlight?" (backs up very slowly) 

Um, let's see. Common ground, common ground. Do you like the Abbey Road medley? 


 

No, I've made 150+ posts here about how much I like "Anna", "Mr. Moonlight" and "Revolution 9" and hate everything else! [/snarky]

Actually, you know what's even better than the Abbey Road medley? The Abbey Road medley with "Her Majesty" restored to its rightful spot in between "MMM" and "PP" using audio software! (You know you're hardcore when...etc.)


Erm... Haven't done that. I'll have to listen to it sometime. Anyone know if there's a YouTube video? 

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17 July 2010
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Perhaps it's a very short backing-vocal, but it is one nonetheless!

I like in The Inner Light at the end of the song, when George sings "arrive without traveling, see all without looking" and the boys chime in on the last, but you can predominately hear Paul: "do all without doing."

Tongue, lose thy light. Moon, take thy flight… see ya, George!

19 July 2010
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Haha, that's the most perfunctory J&P contribution ever! I love the thought of George hauling them into the studio to sing four words.

I'll second the general consensus that "Rubber Soul" is THE album, harmonies-wise. And I'll also echo the general "Baby's in Black" approval. And the reverberating overtones when John and Paul sing "I can't hiiiiiiiiiide!" are spine-chilling.

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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I learned a while ago that, for shows, Paul sang the low part there on "I Want To Hold Your Hand" instead of John. a-hard-days-night-paul-2 Fun fact there. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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19 July 2010
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Wow, that's weird!  a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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A Fiendish Thingy said:

I learned a while ago that, for shows, Paul sang the low part there on "I Want To Hold Your Hand" instead of John. a-hard-days-night-paul-2 Fun fact there. a-hard-days-night-paul-7


Didn't know that. Interesting. 

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