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1 September 2016
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Brought over from the back up forum, I said the song sounded rather 'grand.' Paul's extremely powerful vocal combined with a full and heavy string arrangement seems to represent the sheer amount of lonely folk in the world. When I listen to the beginning, the "aah, look at all the lonely people" line reminds me of Look Down from Les Miserables.

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Am I the only who is extremely annoyed by the panning/stereo mixing of Eleanor Rigby ? Like 90% of it is fine, but I just get so annoyed whenever the panning for the vocals switches from being on both sides and then like all of a sudden switches to the right speaker when you get into the verse. It's just so jarring, man a-hard-days-night-paul-10 I hope it gets "fixed" if we ever get a Giles remix of Revolver  (which I really hope we do just because I'm curious of what he would do and also I want deluxe content.....) 

But anyhoo, does anyone else get annoyed by the sudden change in the panning in the stereo mix of ER? Does anyone even know what I'm talking about??? Am I just crazy?! ahdn_paul_02

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I prefer the Yellow Submarine Songtrack  remix of ER to the Revolver  mix.

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Giles remixed ‘ER’, it’s on the 2016(?) ‘1’ re-release and in my opinion is the go-to official mix. The originals are a mess with the panning and errors in the double-tracking. 

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lovelyritametermaid said
Am I the only who is extremely annoyed by the panning/stereo mixing of Eleanor Rigby ? Like 90% of it is fine, but I just get so annoyed whenever the panning for the vocals switches from being on both sides and then like all of a sudden switches to the right speaker when you get into the verse. It's just so jarring, man a-hard-days-night-paul-10 I hope it gets "fixed" if we ever get a Giles remix of Revolver  (which I really hope we do just because I'm curious of what he would do and also I want deluxe content.....) 

But anyhoo, does anyone else get annoyed by the sudden change in the panning in the stereo mix of ER? Does anyone even know what I'm talking about??? Am I just crazy?! ahdn_paul_02

  

Yes, it's totally awful. One of the worst mixes in the catalogue.

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I don't dislike it.

That's my opinion.

because if I do it means Revolver is not a perfect album in which case IS THERE A GOD ANYMORE WHAT SHOULD I DO WHERE SHOULD I GO I DON'T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING ANYMORE I'M SO CONFUSEDpaul-mccartney

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Jules said
I don't dislike it.

That's my opinion.

It's just so jarring and badly done-- you're allowed not to dislike it (hell I love a lot of imperfect things-- including myself lmao a-hard-days-night-george-10) and I get where you are coming from in a sense, but like I just can't get past that mixblue-meanie 

because if I do it means Revolver is not a perfect album in which case IS THERE A GOD ANYMORE WHAT SHOULD I DO WHERE SHOULD I GO I DON'T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING ANYMORE I'M SO CONFUSEDpaul-mccartney


  

Revolver  is perfect as a whole and that's all the matters ahdn_john_08_gif -- every other single terrific track on Revolver  compensates for the discrepancies in "Rigby" 

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Into the Sky with Diamonds said

@ahhh girl  re "Daytime Nightime Suffering": OK, "Good taste is my taste" said Voltaire.  Paul's written a number of songs featuring people down on their luck - mostly women (E Rigby, Lady Madonna , Another Day ); I see this as fitting right in.

I don't see Eleanor Rigby as someone down on her luck. I do not know the correct PC wording to use for this thought (someone help me out if you know), but I've always thought of Eleanor as someone who is two clicks off of what we would consider "normal" adult mentality - maybe she has the cognitive and emotional maturity level of a young child. I think she likes her place and the activities in her life. I think she loves all the lonely people and looks at them in wonder; she's intrigued by them. She loves simple, repetitive tasks like picking up the rice. Maybe she washes it and cooks it.

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I wrote this story somewhere before, but I'll put it here now.

I was tired one day, and when I heard "Ah look at all the lonely people," I thought Paul was addressing me - Ahhh (as in Ahhh Girl) look at all the lonely people. I sat up and took notice. Shook me out of my semi-dream state.

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I definitely think the line “wearing a face that she keeps in a jar by the door” is a reference to mental health issues that she deals with at home. 

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@Ahhh Girl @sir walter raleigh 

Sir Paul described the song as reflecting what he saw when he was a teenager working in a home for older people.

I've taken the "face in a jar by the door" (an all-time great lyric) as a variation on his later (much later) "my brave face."

She puts on an appearance of normality/happiness that doesn't square with how she's really feeling. Not necessarily mental illness. Perhaps. But also perhaps just a normal reaction to loneliness.

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This song shows that Pauls lyrical capabilities go way beyond mere pop hitmaking. His lyrics on this song are as good if not better than any Lennon, Dylan, or other great lyricist’s best songs. Not all Silly Love Songs for Paul. 

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