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Best Intro To A Beatles Song
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"It's All Too Much"?

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Yes John's "To Your Mother" followed by the feedback and then everything kicking in. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant.

 

The drum intro to What You're Doing.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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25 November 2011
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meanmistermustard said:

The drum intro to What You're Doing.

agree.! apple01

 

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One i didn't see mentioned, but absolutely love myself:  Lovely Rita. The jangly guitar doubled with the loose piano, then John's voice floats in, so surreal and dreamy, then Ringo kicks it into gear. I could just listen to that intro over and over. And I have.

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25 November 2011
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a real obscure one is that wild guitar note that intro "I Wanna Be Your Man"

 

but overall I think the opening to "Come Together" is absolutely amazing - that "shoot" - you can't even tell it's a human voice - it's just a sound, an attitude that tells you that something very very cool is on it's way.

 

Plus it opens the album - so it does double intro duty.

 

believe me in 1969 when that sound came over the speakers - we were all flipped.

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20 December 2011
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- Drive My Car

- Taxman

- Here Comes The Sun

- You Can't Do That

- I Saw Her Standing There

- A Day In The Life

- I Wanna Be Your Man (* LOL I know this is short)

- Let It Be

- You Never Give Me Your Money

- A Hard Day's Night (* this is short too, but I love that opening chord)

- Revolution

- Sun King

- Love You To

- The End

- If I Needed Someone

- Octopus's Garden

- Roll Over Beethoven

- Dear Prudence

- Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

- Norwegian Wood (This Bird has Flown)

- Across The Universe (*Past Masters version, I love the bird singing)

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The intro to I Wanna Be Your Man when recorded for the bbc is fantastic really suits the track. And whilst on the bbc recordings Ringo's frantic drumming on I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You).

Going off topic Sure To Fall has one of George's great guitar solo's  - and there are George doubtersblue-meaniea-hard-days-night-paul-11 PAH!!!

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Zig said:

That was a great question Von. I would have said "Slow Down". Every time I hear it I wonder why the intro had to be so long. 

Yes, exactly! Just like "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" - why'd they feel the need to play an entire instrumental chorus before starting??

 

[Von Bontee, I know the backbeat is the 2nd and 4th beat, but never quite got why these two beats are particularly important to the Beatles or rock'n'roll. Didn't realize "Drive My Car" was so tricky! Does Ringo get credit here?]

Not really - it's more of a DIScredit to me! "Drive My Car" definitely has a sophisticated intro, but the boys couldn't have found it as complicated as I do. It's kinda like "She's A Woman" or "...Me and My Monkey", two other Beatles tracks that basically start mid-phrase; but those two are simple enough that I can easily recognize the downbeat even though it sounds like it's out of place. When "Drive My Car" starts, I simply can't find any beats to count at all until that Ringo fill, so it disorients me everytime.

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The Dizzy Miss Lizzy intro can be explained simply: they loved it as much as I do. Very simple, but oh so effective.

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I like the Intro to 'Dear Prudence' off the White Album

21 December 2011
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I Feel Fine, Rain is up there too.

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Okay, I have a few guys. Okay, a lot:

Sorry this list is unbelievably long

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Nice guitar in beginning of In my life

The piano in You Never Give Me Your Money

And beginning of Honey Don't ( Beatles version)

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I guess I like the intro to "The Night Before."

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mrs.McHennon said:

meanmistermustard said:

The drum intro to What You're Doing.

agree.! apple01

 

I second that!

 

I love the intro to 'I Got A Feeling'

 

The drum intro before 'She Loves You' is awesome aswell.

 

I actually like the intro to Blue Jay Way, Back In The USSR, Revolution 1, Blackbird, and Polythene Pam!

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I just love reviving threads! 

Anyway, the ones that I can think of right now are:

I can just go on and go on, but I'll leave it at this (for now) I'm sure I've forgotten quite a few important ones.

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robert said

a real obscure one is that wild guitar note that intro "I Wanna Be Your Man"

 

but overall I think the opening to "Come Together" is absolutely amazing - that "shoot" - you can't even tell it's a human voice - it's just a sound, an attitude that tells you that something very very cool is on it's way.

 

Plus it opens the album - so it does double intro duty.

 

believe me in 1969 when that sound came over the speakers - we were all flipped.

@robert, many of us wish we could have been old enough to have been able to flip out with you when that song first came out. I was somewhere around the 1-year-old mark, and my parents didn't listen to The Beatles. So, I didn't dance in my crib to that one.

On a side note, I wonder if there are any YouYube videos of babies/toddlers bouncing in their cribs to Beatles tunes. If so, we should carry on the conversation in another thread and just put a link to this post to show how the conversation got started.

There are too many freaking fabulous intros for me to pick a best one. Oh, and has anyone take up my suggestion to make a game where the player listens to the first X number of seconds of the song intros and tries to guess the song? I hope someone is working on it.

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Intro on What You're Doing is lovely.

I also find the "Sha la la la la la laaaa" in Baby It's You incredibly cheesy, but also very charming. It's lovely too.

It's a cover, but I absolutely love the rocking intro to Roll Over Beethoven.

You Really Got A Hold On Me intro is the first thing I must play when I pick up a guitar :)

Hard Day's Night and I Should've Known Better intros are one of the happiest intros ever.

Ticket To Ride. Incredibly simple, and yet so good.

She Said She Said. It sounds fresh and rocking.

Tomorrow Never Knows because it is very thrilling and fading in...

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. Trippy.

Strawberry Fields Forever. This little intro touches me more than some other artists' complete work.

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Your Mother Should Know. I don't think anyone else has mentioned it.  I made a loop of the intro and made it my phone's ringtone.

 

For the confusion surrounding Drive My Car's intro, @vonbontee - the whole thing starts on the 'and' after four; in other words, the very first guitar note you hear is a pickup into beat one. From the first note, count '+1+2+3+4+' etc until it makes sense. Paul's bass notes are phrased '3+4+', with the last note held. Ringo's drum fill is a classic Ringo fill, phrased '3e+a 4e+', crash on beat 1.

It's actually quite simple. If the count-in was on the front of the thing, it wouldn't sound in the least bit complicated - therein lies the genius of it. 

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Please Mister Postman

(Drumming and hand claps are just amazing) 

Anytime At All

(Another great drum intro)

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