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I like this one, but always wondered why the volume is so subdued...

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Yes, you turn it up to the max to compensate, and then get your ears blown off by the chorus. 

Otherwise, though, it's a perfect track. I have been known to get teary while listening to it-- and that means a lot from me, as I almost never cry. Ever. 

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The low volume may be to signify the despair of emotion in having lost something so important and key to his life; the crashing drums and the loud middle eight the anger and despair of having done so and all he has been thru. The last verse is slightly louder and different in its delivery to the first two.

Tho is it just me or is the mono mix louder than the stereo one?

It is a fabulous track for scaring the living crap out of people who arent expecting the drums to come bursting thru, same as with the first chord of 'Her Majesty' after the silent gap of 'The End'.

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Silly Girl said
Yes, you turn it up to the max to compensate, and then get your ears blown off by the chorus. 

Otherwise, though, it's a perfect track. I have been known to get teary while listening to it-- and that means a lot from me, as I almost never cry. Ever. 

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The low volume may be to signify the despair of emotion in having lost something so important and key to his life; the crashing drums and the loud middle eight the anger and despair of having done so and all he has been thru. The last verse is slightly louder and different in its delivery to the first two.

Ooooh, yeah, never thought of it like that.... 

Tho is it just me or is the mono mix louder than the stereo one?

I have the stereo, will have to check out the mono. 

It is a fabulous track for scaring the living crap out of people who arent expecting the drums to come bursting thru, same as with the first chord of 'Her Majesty' after the silent gap of 'The End'.

OOOOH... *begins making evil plans* 

Thank you, georgiewood, for being nice in this thread. a-hard-days-night-john-6

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Tho is it just me or is the mono mix louder than the stereo one?

It's mainly George's vocals that are mixed down in the stereo version. The bass guitar is pretty inaudible in the mono version, and the organ is mixed lower. If it wasn't for the vocals I'd definitely prefer the stereo mix, which sounds much brighter than the mono one.

I really love this song. It sounds completely different to anything else they recorded, but I wish they'd done more songs like this. I guess the closest might be Mother Nature's Son, but Long, Long, Long has that quiet/loud dynamic which they didn't do often.

Also, when people discuss Ringo's drumming they quite often mention Rain and A Day In The Life, but I don't think I've ever heard this one get the praise it deserves.

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Oh crap!  My profound musical ignorance has been revealed in all its inglory. I knew I shouldn't have broken bad on Long, Long, Long.  paul-mccartney

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@georgiewood - the level of one's knowledge of music should have nothing to do with whether or not one likes a particular song. All of the musical knowledge in the world will not help if what you hear does not sound pleasing to the ear.

Back on topic: How could you not like this song? What's wrong with you? (hehehehe) a-hard-days-night-george-10

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Well, I do like Rain.

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I gave the White Album a "fresh" listen the other evening (the '09 stereo remaster), but started with Disc 2 first.  I usually listen to CDs in my car, which of course usually drowns out a lot of the nuances of whatever I'm listening to.  Well this was a proper listen on my home surround system, and I must say - though I've always thought the song was pretty good - Long, Long, Long really struck me as a beautiful, wonderful song for the first time.

Like others have said, this song didn't get the credit it deserves because of it's placement on the album.  Your ears are comfortably numb after Helter Skelter, and then along comes this quiet, unassuming (some would say boring) song.  Not to mention being towards the end of the 2nd disc.  Sadly, most people have quit listening closely by that point.

Again, a gorgeous song - but there is a "but" - the beauty is *almost* destroyed by the ugly, loud finale.  I'm not sure why they felt it necessary to include it, but it's just ugly and detracts greatly from the song.  Guess I'm willing to forgive a minor slip-up though.  Thanks to all of you who stuck up for LLL!  Though it's still far from being my favorite on the White Album, it's great to find a gem on an album I've heard a million times.

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Just finished watching Georges "Living In The Material World" and the final song on the DVD just happens to be Long, Long, Long.  Great way to end it! a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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Like others have said, this song didn't get the credit it deserves because of it's placement on the album.  Your ears are comfortably numb after Helter Skelter, and then along comes this quiet, unassuming (some would say boring) song.  Not to mention being towards the end of the 2nd disc.  Sadly, most people have quit listening closely by that point.

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Slight derail, but since it is on my mind...

I find that it is good every once in a while to listen to Beatles songs in another order than "album order". Sometimes I hear the song differently somehow when it is out of context. I think part of it is that my mind isn't lulled into knowing what comes next. It has to be on high alert. Hope that makes sense and that I'm not the only one who experiences this.

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glazball said

I gave the White Album a "fresh" listen the other evening (the '09 stereo remaster), but started with Disc 2 first. 

Well this was a proper listen on my home surround system, and I must say - though I've always thought the song was pretty good - Long, Long, Long really struck me as a beautiful, wonderful song for the first time.

... the beauty is *almost* destroyed by the ugly, loud finale.  I'm not sure why they felt it necessary to include it, but it's just ugly and detracts greatly from the song. 

I'm with you. The first time I heard it played in surround sound, I was floored.

As for the noise at the end, this is from Joe's article in the Songs section of this site:

The ending of Long, Long, Long was a fortuitous accident, as George Martin's assistant Chris Thomas later recalled.

"There's a sound near the end of the song which is a bottle of Blue Nun wine rattling away on top of a Leslie speaker cabinet. It just happened. Paul hit a certain note and the bottle started vibrating. We thought it was so good that we set the mikes up and did it again. The Beatles always took advantage of accidents."

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There are times when I don't mind that bit as I can picture a Blue Nun wine bottle vibrating on top of a speaker (I've seen beer bottles do that lots of times!). Other times, I feel it detracts from the song.

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Slight derail, but since it is on my mind...

I find that it is good every once in a while to listen to Beatles songs in another order than "album order". Sometimes I hear the song differently somehow when it is out of context. I think part of it is that my mind isn't lulled into knowing what comes next. It has to be on high alert. Hope that makes sense and that I'm not the only one who experiences this.

The song re-sequencing phenomenon is something that people who grew up listening to the US albums know well. In particular on Rubber Soul, I have never gotten used to Drive My Car replacing I've Just Seen A Face as the lead song or What Goes On coming after Michelle (instead of It's Only Love). The UK sequencing always throws me out of the albums folky mindset (at least in my mind), so I always listen on random or shuttle play. When I listen to Side 2 of the UK Help! album, I feel like I'm listening to someone's very unusual compilation from 3 different US LPs. So I totally agree, the sequencing can make a difference for lots of reasons. As for Long, Long, Long I don't think I have ever heard it following any other song except Helter Skelter. Paul's "Yes she is coming down fast" line seems to lead into George's prayer-like lament. I took the loud part at the end as meaning Helter Skelter was coming back around!

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Slight derail, but since it is on my mind...

I find that it is good every once in a while to listen to Beatles songs in another order than "album order". Sometimes I hear the song differently somehow when it is out of context. I think part of it is that my mind isn't lulled into knowing what comes next. It has to be on high alert. Hope that makes sense and that I'm not the only one who experiences this.

That's where Random play on my iPhone comes in handy! heart

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I don't have an I phone but I have the albums on my I-pod & play them on shuffle.

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As mentioned elsewhere, I was learning the chords to this song and-- UTMOST SACRILEGE-- the website was playing some sort of thing by The Band That Shall Not Be Here Named. I shouted about it and Little Girl said, 'What's Wrong Direction?' 

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Someone is posting Beatle songs on youtube that have been electronically slowed down 800x. Long, Long, Long is the only one I've listened to all the way through. Some of it sounds like PF meeting in a monastery.

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Some of it sounds like PF meeting in a monastery.
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Ha, so it does! a-hard-days-night-john-6 

It just so happens that it's 61 seconds longer than 'Echoes' a-hard-days-night-george-4 

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