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Joe
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11 November 2014 - 1.06pm

The Beatles (White Album) artwork

Written by: Lennon-McCartney
Recorded: 18 September 1968
Producer: Chris Thomas
Engineer: Ken Scott

Released: 22 November 1968 (UK), 25 November 1968 (US)

Paul McCartney: vocals, bass guitar, piano, handclaps
John Lennon: vocals, tambourine, lead guitar, handclaps
George Harrison: lead guitar, handclaps
Ringo Starr: drums, handclaps
Pattie Harrison, Yoko Ono: backing vocals, handclaps
Mal Evans: handclaps…

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ewe2
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7 March 2016 - 1.56am

Another classic. Seemingly a straightforward rocker, except for that riff break in the middle which is the terror of bands the world over. Never ever cover this song without thorough practice. Girl backup singing, woo! Everyone fires up: Paul going a bit off his nut, shredding vocals. George showing what Lucy can do. Don't forget John's underrated harmony singing and guitar either. And Ringo just belting the hell out of those fills, just great. What's not to like?

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7 March 2016 - 4.00am

'Birthday' is a difficult one for me as I find the thought of the song to be a-hard-days-night-paul-3 yet get carried away when listening to it and find it to be a very enjoyable experience. The speed at which they recorded the track comes thru due to the excitement of them letting go and not spending 4 days trying to get it right thru endlessly playing. The intro is great with Ringo jumping in and then the band kick off, it does get you, well me, involved. 

And try not to tap along with Ringo, it might just be impossible.

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Silly Girl
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7 March 2016 - 6.49am

meanmistermustard said
'Birthday' is a difficult one for me as I find the thought of the song to be a-hard-days-night-paul-3 yet get carried away when listening to it and find it to be a very enjoyable experience. 

Same here. I amn't as keen on it as I feel like I should be (because it's a birthday song, so useful) but I always belt away quite happily when I hear it. 

And try not to tap along with Ringo, it might just be impossible.

I have a notorious habit of air-drumming with everybody. Ringo's and Nick Mason's beats I find particularly irresistable. 

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Evangeline
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7 March 2016 - 11.51am

I listened to this song all day on my birthday and insisted my family sing it instead of the normal "Happy Birthday" song. It's actually the first Beatles song I fell in love with.

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Little Piggy Dragonguy
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7 March 2016 - 12.10pm

My mom and brother have the same birthday, and one year we went out to eat for their birthday and they played Birthday on the speakers.

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Von Bontee
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14 April 2016 - 4.52am

Hi all. Does anybody know if there exists a version of "Birthday" (like, on some compilation rather than the white LP) where the electronic noises on the tag are faded out rather than just rudely interrupted by the "...two, three"?

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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Ron Nasty
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14 April 2016 - 6.14am

Rock 'N' Roll Music (Disc 2/Volume 2, Side 4/Side 2, track 6), @Von Bontee, @vonbontee.

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georgiewood
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14 April 2016 - 6.37am

heart it!  From the first moment I heard this, I thought it was a great rocker.  I'm a sucker for handclaps, drum breaks and catchy riffs, so...duh.  I've always been amazed that Paul could throw this thing together in such a short time, almost on a whim. John, of course, does not share my enthusiasm, calling it "garbage."

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Zig
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14 April 2016 - 3.00pm

A local TV station plays this song a ton. During the morning newscast, they have a segment where viewers send in their pics on their birthday and the anchors/weatherman/traffic guy all take turns wishing a viewer a happy birthday. All the while, in the background, they play either this song or 'Celebrate' by Kool & The Gang. For some reason, in that context, I can't stand it. But when I play it or hear it on the radio, I blast the volume. What a rocker!

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georgiewood
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14 April 2016 - 4.12pm

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8You have a Beatley moment every day

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Zig
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14 April 2016 - 4.24pm

Every other day actually. But yes, you are right about the Beatley Moments*.

*Note to self: never abbreviate Beatley Moments.

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sir walter raleigh
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14 April 2016 - 6.36pm

every time i listen to the "i would like you to dance" section i get a huge smile. good old fashioned rock and roll

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14 April 2016 - 9.01pm

Joe said
Mal Evans: handclaps…

That makes me smile every time I read it. Mal was so cool. mal-evans

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15 April 2016 - 1.20pm

The highlight for me is the instrumental section where Ringo's drums are most prominent and you can here Paul counting up before ending with a mad shrieking "Eighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhtttttt!!!!!!". 

The song itself is a great example of how well the band could groove.

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The Hippie Chick
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15 April 2016 - 4.50pm

All I know is I love "Birthday", the song rocks. I get it played to me a gazillion times each year on me big day and I love it.

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Ahhh Girl
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15 April 2016 - 6.20pm

I wonder how this song would have turned out if Die Beatles had recorded in German.

Geburtstag

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