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Best Intro To A Beatles Song
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And while I'm at it, how come there's not more love for Sgt. Pepper?  That intro is such a hard rocker you can't help getting stirred up when you hear it; as a matter of fact, I guess the whole song is one big intro.ahdn_paul_06

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I am quite partial to the intro to "Two Of Us".  I use the name "Dig a Pygmy" for a lot of usernames online.  a-hard-days-night-john-1  Thanks John.

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More than likely been mentioned before but the guitar intro to 'I've Just Seen A Face' is one of the highlights of 'Help!'. A moment of genius.

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And the amazing intro to While My Guitar Gently Weeps! I had heard it as just the song for a long time from the Blue Album, but hearing Johns yell at the end of Bungalow Bill go right into it really adds to it!

Go George!!

And of course I feel fine and Day Tripper. Kite has a cool intro too, and do I even need to mention AHDN?

Pretty much any Beatles song that has an intro part.

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@meanmistermustard  "the guitar intro to 'I've Just Seen A Face' is one of the highlights of 'Help!'. A moment of genius."

And it's not just an intro to a song; it's the intro to an entire album - the American Rubber Soul!

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I Feel Fine is the first major pop song to feature recorded feedback, and that's a very lovely way to start a song.a-hard-days-night-george-10

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@Into the Sky with Diamonds, so it is. Being brought up on the UK albums i forget about the US ones and how they are laid out. I should probably playlist the American variations at some point but in truth they don't mean much to me aside from being compilations.

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georgiewood said
And while I'm at it, how come there's not more love for Sgt. Pepper?  That intro is such a hard rocker you can't help getting stirred up when you hear it; as a matter of fact, I guess the whole song is one big intro.ahdn_paul_06

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Aww thanks, @Linde, I didn't see this comment until now cause I lost track of this thread.  Looking at it again, @Beatleva deserves credit for reviving it--see how much apple01heart and fun it inspired?  'Pudlians love nothing more than talking about their favorite Beatle songs.  

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There are so many beatles' songs with great intros but A Day In The Life wins cause it starts as a peaceful acoustic song and in middle gets so complex and ends in a perfect way. 

 

Also Drive My Car 

Strawberry Fields Forever

I Want To Hold Your has got amazing intros

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So many, oh so many.

 

The feedback that opens I Feel Fine

The fade-in of Eight Days A Week

The plane sound that opens Back In The USSR

The rocking, distorted guitar that opens Revolution

All You Need Is Love - I can't hear La Marseillaise without wanting to sing, loudly, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! 

The finger picking guitar opening Dear Prudence... I love that song anyway.

Just the way Help! goes right into it.... HELP! I need somebody! HELP! Not just anybody. HELP! You know I need someone... HELP!

The tambourine and guitar opening Day Tripper

John's harmonica opening I Should Have Known Better

The crowd sounds you hear before Sgt. Pepper starts up, then the guitar and drums.

TO YOUR MOTHER and the psychedelic sounding intro to It's All Too Much

The piano opening Hey Bulldog

 

I could go on.

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As far as Beatles songs go, I really like the intro to Sgt. Pepper with the band warming up. I remember getting the album back in 1967 (the first album I bought) and hearing that intro and thinking that it was cool and a nice touch, then the song kicks in, really pushing it all into overdrive and it's the start of a great album.

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I like the Mellotron on Strawberry Fields Forever as well as the synth on Baby You're A Rich Man. The piano intro to Let It Be is unforgetable as well. 

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I'd like to add the false start to 'Dig A Pony' to the list as not often do you get someone blowing their nose as the first bit of the song you're hearing.  

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Two of Us is also very much alike to Dig A Pony: 'I Dig A Pygmy by Charles Hawtrey and the Deaf Aids. Phase one, in which Doris gets her oats' is very funny.

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The opening guitar to She Said She Said, like a sunburnt rail line that runs right through the song.

The frisky piano intro to The Word, literally a "this is fun, join in" invitation.

The dotty piano intro to Sexy Sadie followed by the bone-crunching Ringooooos (The master of the air drum intro).

Perhaps they remembered the dottier piano intro to You Like Me Too Much!

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The guitar intro to Dear Prudence, so sweet and perfect and why didn't i think of that (says everyone since 1968).

Get Back intro. Ironic and deceptively simple.

If I Fell intro. No attempt to reuse, just a cold open that doesn't signal the amazing duet to come.

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ewe2 said
The dotty piano intro to Sexy Sadie followed by the bone-crunching Ringooooos (The master of the air drum intro).

Yes  The piano part runs in circles throughout the song. The piano sounds a bit honkey tonk as well, adding to the cleverness of the riff. 

Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite has a very psychedelic riff as well... borderline spooky. 

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@ewe2 said
The opening guitar to She Said She Said, like a sunburnt rail line that runs right through the song.

Yes john-lennon-salute_gif

Perhaps they remembered the dottier piano intro to You Like Me Too Much!

Loved it from the second I heard it. heart

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Your onamotapoeia just made my entire day beatlemaniacs_02_gif

If I Fell intro. No attempt to reuse, just a cold open that doesn't signal the amazing duet to come.  

Yes. a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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Do we have a thread for endings? We should, they're great at those too. And then one for mid-sections (or the avoidance of same)!

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@ewe2 said
Do we have a thread for endings? We should, they're great at those too.

Of course we do! ahdn_george_08 https://www.beatlesbible.com/forum/recording-and-musicology/great-outros-song-endings/

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