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25 September 2016
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As for the song itself I've never been a huge fan of it and for that reason I'd strangely prefer to listen to the full 8 minutes than the 6 minute so many seconds edit that was released. Might as well go all in. 

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Not my favorite song, it has the same vibe to me as some of George's later songs like Savory truffle.

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25 September 2016
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For me, Its all too much. There is so mucg going on in the background, its hard to get a good feel for the song.

But maybe the song is super meta, and actually the best song ever. 

a-hard-days-night-paul-7I think not. I like listening to it though. 

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I've been listening to this a lot and I only recently realised how great it is. I really do think it's one of George's great songs with a fantastic melody. The recording sounds a lot more experimental than much of their recordings with some really far out effects which I suspect Paul had a hand in.

 

Here's a question. With his inclusion of some lyrics from The McCoy's song Sorrow, how did George get around copyright infringement?

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22 April 2017
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What a coincidence that @Leppo revived this thread today - the very day after I finished making a video for my extra-psychedelic mix of this song I did for my "Alternate Hystery Tour" project some years ago!

https://www.beatlesbible.com/forum/pimp-your-stuff/its-all-too-much-my-psychedelic-mix-and-video/#p258972

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I want to put this up to the polls:

Who do you think played guitar on It's All Too Much

  • John(25% : 2 votes)
  • George(25% : 2 votes)
  • Paul(0% : 0 votes)
  • I think that there's more than one guitar part on the song and that more than one Beatle plays guitar on this song(50% : 4 votes)
Total Voters: 8

I personally think it's John who played guitar on this song because George Harrison said that he was the one who played organ on the song and although he said that it was probably Paul who played guitar, he seemed unsure and since bass, guitar, and Hammond organ were all recorded on the backing track, for Paul to play guitar means that John had to have played bass, which seems very unlikely. Also, there seems to be only 1 guitar part in the song and Joe himself agrees that it was John on guitar, George on organ, and Paul on bass, although I think that John was playing George's Epiphone Casino because it seems like a whammy bar was being used.

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22 April 2017
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There are two guitars, aren't there? One playing the riffs and solo and one just making Hendrixian feedback noises throughout?

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I'm only hearing one guitar part, although I may be wrong. What I think is happening is that John is using George's Casino and doing everything himself like so:

e|15-15-15--15-15-15--15-15-15--15--15-15|
B|13-13-12--10-10-12--13-13-12--10--12-12|
G|-0--0---0----0--0--0----0---0--0----0---0---0|

The trick is to always play the G string open and to always fret the high e at the 15th fret. As for the verses, let that final note sustain, wiggle your guitar around, and use that whammy bar that's on your guitar, if you need extra help feeding back or are using a guitar like a Fender Strat that is reluctant to feedback, simply place your guitar directly in front of your amp speakers, that's what I do with my Strat and my Marshall solid state.

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23 April 2017
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Thanks for that transciption! After listening more closely, it sounds like you're right - I think that the fact that the guitar and organ are constantly droning in G were tricking my ears into hearing more than one guitar. (How cool is it that the feedback is perfectly controlled to be in the proper key!) Too bad I haven't got the proper setup to try to recreate it per your instructions - my beat-up old '80s Alcivar (Japanese imitation Gibson ES-335) has no whammy bar, my little Rocktek amp is not a Marshall, and anyways I'm always too reluctant to play loud enough to generate feedback in the apartment. (Also I'm basically terrible anyways.)

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meanmistermustard said
As for the song itself I've never been a huge fan of it and for that reason I'd strangely prefer to listen to the full 8 minutes than the 6 minute so many seconds edit that was released. Might as well go all in.   

Said this above and it still stands. If listening to the track I'd prefer either go for the 2 minutes+ 'Yellow Submarine' film edit or the complete 8 minutes+. 6 minutes is such a long time for a song so either lets get it over with quickly or just give me the whole damn thing. 

The full-length track is so far out there it's well worth investing the time as so much is going on all over the place. The long fade out is so much fun, especially the "Too much" chanting at the end. Apple should have had the bottle to add it to the 'Yellow Submarine Songtrack'.

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25 April 2017
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It's such a great track.  My guess oft the start is John saying "to your mother", but getting drowned out and cut off. 

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25 April 2017
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sir walter raleigh said
For me, Its all too much. There is so mucg going on in the background, its hard to get a good feel for the song.

But maybe the song is super meta, and actually the best song ever. 

a-hard-days-night-paul-7I think not. I like listening to it though.   

After @William Shears Campbell referenced this song in hangman I started singing it to myself and it got way stuck in my head. Really nice melody from George on this, although I still feel as though its kind of a jumbled mess, but like I said that's part of it. 

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25 April 2017
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This is probably my favorite George Harrison Beatles song.

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26 April 2017
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Not one of my favourite George songs, in fact this song rarely comes to mind when I am thinking about Beatles/George Harrison songs, not that it is a bad song but it just doesn't do much for me and with that being said I would like to see an official release of the 8 minute version but I would like to see a lot of what's in the vaults released.

Anyway, I used to think that it was George saying "It's All Too Much" at the start of the song but I have read from various different sources that it is in fact John saying "To Your Mother" and since reading that I can only hear it as John saying "To Your Mother" so that is what I believe it to be.

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I remember reading in 'The Complete recording Sessions' about Ringo overdubbing a red Abbey Road chair on a song because they'd lost the beat, but they didn't specify which song.

I strongly think that this was the song that received the chair overdub - the sounds that appear at 4:28 for a couple of seconds (for example) that sound semi-percussive sound like the chair to me.

Does anyone agree with me, and does anyone have any further proof about it?

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Definitely not one of my favourite Harrison tracks but it's still a good song. I like how manic and colourful it isblue-meanie

I think the fact that it's so long brings it down for me, also it doesn't really go anywhere in my opinion.

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16 June 2017
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This is my absolute favorite George Beatles song, and one of my favorite favorite Beatles songs. I love all the weird metaphors. "All the world is birthday cake." and of course the "We are dead" at the end(tho it's debateable if that's the line.)

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16 June 2017
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William Shears Campbell said 26th April
This is probably my favorite George Harrison Beatles song.  

William Shears Campbell said 17th June
This is my absolute favorite George Beatles song, and one of my favorite favorite Beatles songs. I love all the weird metaphors. "All the world is birthday cake." and of course the "We are dead" at the end(tho it's debateable if that's the line.)  

Glad to see your mind hasn't changed...

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Double posting, naughty me... *cackle*

With the 5.1 mix, you can get a somewhat isolated guitar or drums/bass, but both have vocals. I was wondering if this song has ever had multitracks released for it? The drumming in particular is utterly incredible!

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No multis, only separated 5.1 tracks from Blu-Ray/DVD.

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