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Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
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Isn't the phased vocal from the mono version?

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Apparently the newly discovered long lost mono mix of 'Lucy' has far more phasing, or flanging, on John's vocal so maybe it was that.

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Question:  I hear Paul singing predominantly in the chorus; is that correct?

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Paul definitely sings during the chorus, but so does John.

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In the opening line, are they singing the melody in unison like the old days?  Get that unique timbre of the blend between their voices.  It's funny as in this one, I hear Paul sticking out predominantly - I always thought he was singing solo, at least in the first two lines, before the harmony split!

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I suppose Julian got the idea of stars being like diamonds from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. I can picture Cyn and Julian looking at the stars and saying the nursery rhyme.

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I've got a question about this song which I hope is not too specific!

When I listened to the Anthology 2 version I noticed an anomaly in Paul's organ part. The riff in the organ is four bars long and the first two bars of it are always the notes E-A-E, G-E-A (crotchets each time). Now, right after the second chorus (at about 2:05) Paul plays a wrong note in three of the four four-bar schemes of the riff. The first time he plays E-A-E, G-H-A then, in the next four bar scheme, he misses the E in the second bar after the G, so that's E-A-E, G-X-A (the same E he had played wrongly before), the third four-bar scheme is right and then in the fourth four-bar scheme he plays E-A-D# instead of E-A-E, I think. 

Of course, mistakes can happen but it's a strange coincidence he always gets the 'E' wrong in my opinion. I wonder whether anyone knows something about it? Maybe, there was something wrong with the E-key on the Lowrey organ?

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E-A-E. G-E-A. F#-A-E. F-D-Db-A. 

I listened back to the Anthology 2 version. This is what he plays and its the same as what's on Pepper. I don't notice the mistake. 

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Yes, at the beginning it's exactly the same but after the second chorus, he definitely plays something different! The first wrong note appears at 2:10. 

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Martha said
Yes, at the beginning it's exactly the same but after the second chorus, he definitely plays something different! The first wrong note appears at 2:10.   

Oh yes. Definitely a mistake. But do you also hear John's vocal during that section? The whole song fell apart there for some reason.

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"We could ride and surf together while our love would grow"

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"She had rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes,
And I knew without askin' she was into the blues."

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Ok, yes you're right, I was overinterpreting things because I found it funny that Paul got always the same note wrong three times but then again E makes up almost a quarter of all the notes in the riff so it's not that special probably. Thanks anyway! 

Another thig about the Anthology version: It's always so fascinating to see how John still sings very regularly in the Anthology version and then in the album version he inserts more variations in the rhythm like singing one note longer and one shorter. This sounds a lot more natural imo.

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