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She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
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I decided to make a thread about this song (which is one of my favourites) because I have a question: Which version of She Came In Through The Bathroom Window do you prefer the Anthology (Get Back Sessions) ballad version or the Abbey Road pop/rock version. I think the anthology version is very nice, but the Abbey Road is so awesome and would have been a ideal contender for the rooftop concert. It's hard for me to decide but I think I take the Abbey Road version. Which version do you prefer?

Edit: The Beatlesbible page of this song says that there are pianos on this song, but I don't hear them, can anyone tell me when they are audible i this song (and also in Polythene Pam )

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It's great fun to listen to the embryonic version of a song.

Most of the time the final version is best - IMO that's the case here. (I'd say the same for "While My Guitar ..." and "Strawberry Fields").

Collectively, the Beatles and George Martin had great judgment when it came to selecting takes.

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I do really like the slower rendition on A3, it really works well and its such a groove that they get into too. If it had appeared in this arrangement on Abbey Road then i think it would still have been loved but for different reasons. The upbeat style is better tho, it really rocks along and adds so much to the medley, bringing part 1 to a fabulous close, plus the transition from Polythene Pam with the guitar work and John and Paul's adlibs are wonderful. It leaves you gasping for breathe after building from Mr Mustard and thats why Golden Slumbers works so well, you can take a rest before Carry That Weight bursts onto the scene and you're off again.

The sequencing of the medley is something that could not be bettered. How they managed to take such unrelated songs and make them all not only work together but seem as if they are 1 i'll never know.

Im more likely to listen to A3 tho as the official take is so heavily associated with all the other tracks, you cant just play Bathroom Window you have to go back to at least You Never Give Me Your Money - possibly Come Together .

 

Not sure whereabouts the piano can be heard as i havent listened out for it but the basic track was Guitars, Drums and Piano. Maybe it got buried under the overdubs (additional piano parts were tried out but were left off the final mix).

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She Came In Through The Bathroom Window because she knew that's where The Beatles were likely to be rehearsing and/or making up songs because they like the acoustics in the bathroom.

Smart bird.

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I like that the song can be interpreted in different ways, always the mark of a strong song. The slower version could really be lounged-up, I can imagine a Lennon-type string section really wringing out the 7ths. But I can just as easily imagine the reggae version (the Wailers of course, like their version of Let Down), with massive rimshot breaks and cute little Rhodes stabs. Maybe something like this:

(its somewhat spoilt by the overloaded bass but you get the idea).

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I noticed something at the very beginning of this song that I'd never heard before. (How many posts have people made starting with those words? Reason #10,000 to love the Beatles-- you're always finding something new about them.) 

At the beginning, right as the guitar notes are descending, John in a playful way says something that sounds like 'mumble mumble AOW', and there's a slight chuckling 'Hey' from Paul just before he shouts 'Oh look out!' and the vocals kick in. (It's at 0:02 in this video.) 

I discovered it yesterday and kept putting the song back to hear it again. 

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The John (and Paul) talk spans 'Polythene Pam ' and 'She Came In Through The Bathroom Window ' as they were recorded as one. You can hear some but not all of it clearly in the Rock Band vocal track, more is audible in the early RS2 mix of the medley thats been booted where you can also hear John saying "fab... that's great... real good that, real good" (i cant find it on youtube).

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The John (and Paul) talk spans 'Polythene Pam ' and 'She Came In Through The Bathroom Window ' as they were recorded as one. You can hear some but not all of it clearly in the Rock Band vocal track, more is audible in the early RS2 mix of the medley thats been booted where you can also hear John saying "fab... that's great... real good that, real good" (i cant find it on youtube).

Also, some of the John dialogue going in to She Came In Through The Bathroom Window was included in the LOVE mix of Octopus's Garden .

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Yesterday was apparently the last time the Beatles were all in Abbey Rd together........John didn't make it to the  I Me Mine session......

They completed the edit of two sections of I want You and sorted the running order........Switching Octopuses' Garden and Oh Darling with each other and swopped I Want You and the Medley around. 

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Necko said

meanmistermustard said
The John (and Paul) talk spans 'Polythene Pam ' and 'She Came In Through The Bathroom Window ' as they were recorded as one. You can hear some but not all of it clearly in the Rock Band vocal track, more is audible in the early RS2 mix of the medley thats been booted where you can also hear John saying "fab... that's great... real good that, real good" (i cant find it on youtube).

Also, some of the John dialogue going in to She Came In Through The Bathroom Window was included in the LOVE mix of Octopus's Garden .

I dont listen to 'Love' a lot, thanks for the info.

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Wigwam said
Yesterday was apparently the last time the Beatles were all in Abbey Rd together........John didn't make it to the  I Me Mine session......

They completed the edit of two sections of I want You and sorted the running order........Switching Octopuses' Garden and Oh Darling with each other and swopped I Want You and the Medley around. 

Didnt they swap the sides around not just 'I Want You (She's So Heavy') and the medley - surely the album side lengths would have been way off?

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That makes sense........

 

maybe I misread this.........

 

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I remember a DEEP rumour years ago that Paul overdubbed his drums on "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window ", and that it angered Ringo. Does anyone know if this is true?  OR heard this as well? Listening to the track on cd and vinyl it does apear (in my opinion) to be in Pauls style.  ecspeacialy the same fill repeated over and over, and the VERY steady highhat which doesnt sound like Starr at all to me(Shigh hats sound  more like Back In The USSR .  Every report shows that its Starr.  Are there any reports anything else on Abbey Road with Macca(overdudding--ecspecialy on the medley) on drums?  Hope everyones New year is a great one ! Let me know what you think or have heard. 

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Firstly, are you suggesting that Polythene Pam has Paul on drums as well, @IzzyMissLizzy? If not, why not? PP and SCITTBW were recorded as one.

Also, who played bass on the backing track if Paul was playing drums, as both were recorded at the same time?

We know how the recording was done, recorded live:

Track 1: Paul's bass
Track 2: Ringo's drums
Track 3: John's 12-string acoustic
Track 4: George's electric lead
Track 6: John and Paul's guide vocals

I do find it annoying when people try to claim something for a Beatle that all the real evidence, including the available outtakes, says was another Beatle. There is not a single bit of evidence suggesting that Paul played drums on this.

Also, we already have a thread for every song, including this, and it's preferred if discussion of a song is kept to the existing thread. If ever you need to check if a thread for a subject exists, you can ask in the Thread Search Thread. Someone who knows will give an answer as quickly as possible.

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I've moved the immediately above two posts here as it makes more sense than having them elsewhere.

Ringo is playing on drums for 'SCITTBW'. It's only in doubt if all evidence is disbelieved. 

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I do find it annoying when people try to claim something for a Beatle that all the real evidence, including the available outtakes, says was another Beatle. There is not a single bit of evidence suggesting that Paul played drums on this.

IML asked an honest question and wasn't "claiming" the part for Paul, merely saying that they had heard a rumour about this and that they thought it could be true based on listening. Plus, it's fun to speculate; not everything Beatles related has to be treated with such academic rigour. 

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Who else loves the slowed down Anthology version?

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Ron Nasty said
Firstly, are you suggesting that Polythene Pam has Paul on drums as well, @IzzyMissLizzy? If not, why not? PP and SCITTBW were recorded as one.

Also, who played bass on the backing track if Paul was playing drums, as both were recorded at the same time?

We know how the recording was done, recorded live:

Track 1: Paul's bass

Track 2: Ringo's drums

Track 3: John's 12-string acoustic

Track 4: George's electric lead

Track 6: John and Paul's guide vocals

I do find it annoying when people try to claim something for a Beatle that all the real evidence, including the available outtakes, says was another Beatle. There is not a single bit of evidence suggesting that Paul played drums on this.

Also, we already have a thread for every song, including this, and it's preferred if discussion of a song is kept to the existing thread. If ever you need to check if a thread for a subject exists, you can ask in the Thread Search Thread. Someone who knows will give an answer as quickly as possible.

  

Listened again.  100% Ringo.  I'm kind of embarrassed as those fills are clearly Ringo.   BUT i think what jarred me listening to my cars obviously sub par sound system, then to my homes HI-FI.   Could it be ADDITIONAL high hats were overdubbed?    All my information speculates that there were "various overdubs after the final take was chosen".  I know that they were doing different miking than they ever had on drums before on this album and that is probably it.  But i agree with @QuarryMan .  It is fun to speculate.  I love the tiny details.  The Beatles have brought me more passion and interest than most subjects. There are well written notes and logs of studio time.  But we also know Paul would show up an hour before the other guys in the studio and work stuff out on his own ala getting his voice hoarse for the song "Oh Darling" and completing the entire track "Come And Get It " himself.  I dont take everything at its word.  Just exchanging ideas on a theory.  Peter Brown maintains via Rolling Stone interview ' Paul overdubbed many of Ringo’s drum tracks'.  I really enjoy this community and thank you all for letting me be a part of it.

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QuarryMan said

I do find it annoying when people try to claim something for a Beatle that all the real evidence, including the available outtakes, says was another Beatle. There is not a single bit of evidence suggesting that Paul played drums on this.

IML asked an honest question and wasn't "claiming" the part for Paul, merely saying that they had heard a rumour about this and that they thought it could be true based on listening. Plus, it's fun to speculate; not everything Beatles related has to be treated with such academic rigour. 

  

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