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21 November 2014
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With The Beatles album artwork

Written by: Lennon-McCartney
Recorded: 11, 12 September, 3 October 1963
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

Released: 22 November 1963 (UK), 20 January 1964 (US)

John Lennon: vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
Paul McCartney: vocals, bass, piano
George Harrison: lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums

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11 March 2023
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It just crossed my mind only today that this energetic album-filler track, however slight, is nonetheless notable as the single most harmonica-drenched Beatles track, at least as far as their EMI career – John gets an unaccompanied intro, a full 12-bar solo, and basically blows/sucks largely uninterrupted through much of the rest. 

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11 March 2023
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This is a great example of how they could toss out a less than two-minute album filler which other groups of the time would have killed for as a single. ‘When I Get Home ‘ is another.

Stick on a 60’s station and you’ll hear songs from bands/artists which whilst hits to a degree are dreadful.

 

‘Clarabella’ is another where John is almost surgically attached to his harp thru-out. The Beatles were just throwing this fabulous material out there.

 

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11 March 2023
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meanmistermustard said
This is a great example of how they could toss out a less than two-minute album filler which other groups of the time would have killed for as a single. ‘When I Get Home ‘ is another.

Clarabella’ is another where John is almost surgically attached to his harp thru-out. 

  

Indeed, I wasn’t sure whether “Clarabella” might’ve been even harp-heavier, being a longer song, but was too lazy to compare their lengths, and periods of rest for John.

So so right about Beatles filler = A+ highlights of other bands’ songwriting catalogues. 

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11 March 2023
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I enjoy the Beatles songs that feature harmonica, and I would have liked it to have been used more in their later songs.

I’m not sure if this is a complete list, but I know these songs recorded during 1962-4 include harmonica:
* Love Me Do
* Please Please Me
* There’s A Place
* Chains
* From Me To You
* Thank You Girl
* Clarabella
* I’ll Get You
* Little Child
* I Should Have Known Better
* I’m A Loser

There are four later Beatles songs with harmonica used in different ways:
* Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite ! (harmonicas played by George, Ringo, Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall)
* All Together Now
* The Fool On The Hill (harmonicas played by John and George)
* Rocky Raccoon

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And in the end

The love you take is equal to the love you make

 

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…and he tries a bit of Famous Beethoven’s famous 9th Symphony “ode to joy” onscreen in “Help !” too. john-lennon-salute_gif

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Richard said
I enjoy the Beatles songs that feature harmonica, and I would have liked it to have been used more in their later songs.

I’m not sure if this is a complete list, but I know these songs recorded during 1962-4 include harmonica:

* Love Me Do

* Please Please Me

* There’s A Place

* Chains

* From Me To You

* Thank You Girl

* Clarabella

* I’ll Get You

* Little Child

* I Should Have Known Better

* I’m A Loser

There are four later Beatles songs with harmonica used in different ways:

* Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite ! (harmonicas played by George, Ringo, Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall)

* All Together Now

* The Fool On The Hill (harmonicas played by John and George)

* Rocky Raccoon

  

‘I Got To Find My Baby’ also, tho who should ignore John’s intro when it’s so much fun. 

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