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2 January 2014
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I really love the chord progression in For No One, especially the verses. It's very sad sounding.

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Wow, it's been long enough that I'm not quite sure how long it is until a topic is dead and Should Not Be Replied To.

(but hey, it's my first time posting since like eight months ago, sooo…)

Golly goodness, I love the topic! Wow, I could go on for a while about this, but just a few that come to mind:

  • The opening to "Paperback Writer." I think I'll always have the first time I heard that song burned into my memory.a-hard-days-night-paul-10
  • "If you don't take her out tonight, she's gonna change her mind." I just really like "You're Going To Lose That Girl" a lot, OK?
  • the entirety of "I Want To Tell You" Both times George sings "I could wait forever, I've got time." 
  • The second "however big you think you are" in "Sexy Sadie."
  • "How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people? Tuned to a natural E, happy to be that way." the reason for that is a little silly though
  • The trumpets in "Carry That Weight."
  • When it returns to the main theme of the same song right after the "You Never Give Me Your Money" reprise.
  • Any time the harmonium is used!

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21 January 2014
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We no longer have dead threads!

So many new members with so much to say! They're digging up the dead all the time and apologising.

We like unearthed corpses nowadays!

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MeanMrsMustard said
"How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people? Tuned to a natural E, happy to be that way." the reason for that is a little silly though

I have to ask, what's the reason?

Welcome back, by the way. I hope you decide to stick around apple01

 

 

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21 January 2014
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The she's so's in I Want You.

The two chords repeated towards the end of the solo in Slow Down.

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The See how they run part from Lady Madonna

she was the sun, burning bright and brittle and,https://youtu.be/52nwiTs7bk8

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The opening line to While My Guitar Gently Weeps on the Anthology 3. It's in almost a mournful quality.

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Too many to think of, but here are a few:

The guitar solos in "The End". I sometimes listen to that track again before going on to "Her Majesty".

The backwards bits in "Blue Jay Way". So trippy.

The 1, 2, 3, 4 at the beginning of "I Saw Her Standing There" is just so epic.

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fabfouremily said

MeanMrsMustard said
"How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people? Tuned to a natural E, happy to be that way." the reason for that is a little silly though

I have to ask, what's the reason?
Welcome back, by the way. I hope you decide to stick around apple01 

OK, so I have absolute pitch, right? So my brain is essentially tuned to a natural E (and most definitely happy to be that way), and when I heard the song for the first time I was just like wow! I'm one of the beautiful people! wow! 

And thanks! I'll try to stick around. Wondering how many regulars from my "glory days" are still posting here.

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The part in "Get Back" when he says "your mommy's waiting for you. Wearin' her high heel shoes and her low neck sweater, get back home Loretta". Also the end of "Cry Baby Cry" where Paul sings the "can you take me back" part. In "Taxman" I like the part when he says "and you're working For No One but me" because it is creepy and maniacal, and I can totally picture any random given politician saying that.

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22 January 2014
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MeanMrsMustard said

fabfouremily said

MeanMrsMustard said
"How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people? Tuned to a natural E, happy to be that way." the reason for that is a little silly though

I have to ask, what's the reason?
Welcome back, by the way. I hope you decide to stick around apple01 

OK, so I have absolute pitch, right? So my brain is essentially tuned to a natural E (and most definitely happy to be that way), and when I heard the song for the first time I was just like wow! I'm one of the beautiful people! wow! 

And thanks! I'll try to stick around. Wondering how many regulars from my "glory days" are still posting here.

Oh okkay :D That's not silly haha

Not entirely sure who came on here during your ''glory days''. Mith? She pops in every now and again. Joe's still here :)

 

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If I already said this, that's okay: it bears repeating (and I'm too lazy to go scrolling and clicking back, or to grapple with a counter-intuitive "Advanced Search" thingie) --

Paul, perhaps more than John and I'm pretty sure more than George, had a penchant for adding a little twist or curlicue to a melodic refrain the 2nd or 3rd time he came to it in a song.  Case in point for today's demonstration: In this tubechop from Penny Lane, note the melodic variation expressed by the way he sings the word "play" in "and though she feels as if she's in a play, she is anyway..." (an otherwise brilliant line lyrically as well).

 

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Here are some of my favorites.

The piano in "Misery" (also the "Oh oh oh" at the end)

The low notes John sings in "I'm A Loser"

The end of the "Nowhere Man" guitar solo with that really high note

The sharp inhales in "Girl"

The line "Keeping an eye on the world going by my window" from "I'm Only Sleeping"

John's "ah" from "A Day In The Life"

That unforgettable line from "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see."

The line "Nothing that doesn't show" before the chorus in "Baby, You're a Rich Man"

The "Oh yeah" in "Glass Onion"

The power in John's voice on the line "But I am of the universe, and you know what it's worth" from "Yer Blues"

The "She's so... heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy" from "I Want You"

Paul's line "Smiles awake you when you rise" from "Golden Slumbers"

When George sings "Even those tears" in "I Me Mine"

And possibly my favorite, John's "until he sees you cry" from "This Boy"

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AbbeyRoadRage said
Here are some of my favorites.

The sharp inhales in "Girl"

When I was coming up with my Beatley screen name, I was thinking about this very sound. I didn't think

JOHN SUCKS

would go over very well on a Beatles forum, so I went with what he sings right before the inhale. I think the name has served me well. a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

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Ahhh Girl said

AbbeyRoadRage said
Here are some of my favorites.

The sharp inhales in "Girl"

When I was coming up with my Beatley screen name, I was thinking about this very sound. I didn't think

JOHN SUCKS

would go over very well on a Beatles forum, so I went with what he sings right before the inhale. I think the name has served me well. a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

Haha, that's great.  I don't that would've gone over very well either, but you could've had a bit of fun explaining it when asked. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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John and Paul's joyous laughter straight through the verse of "And Your Bird Can Sing" on anthology.It always makes me smile..

The "wooo's" from she loves you... and about a hundred others....

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6 February 2014
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Great topic. So many choices, too! I actually started a series on this subject back in 2010 on my now mostly-defunct blog, where I went through each song on each album and noted where that one special moment was. I only got through Please Please Me and With the Beatles, though. Now I sort of think I should revive the blog and continue the series.

There are the moments that are just fun because of some anomaly (a guitar out of tune, a vocal crack, a missed beat), and there are the moments that, for whatever reason, are thrilling.

Some of my favorite anomalies: when Paul sings "shend her back to me" in "Misery"; when John's voice cracks in "Ask Me Why" on the line "my happiness it makes me cry"; when Paul's second vocal track on "All My Loving" goes slightly out of sync on the phrase "I'll pretend that I'm kissing"; when Paul's voice cracks and drops out early on the end of the second bridge of "If I Fell" ("would be sad if our new love was in vaaaiii--"); when Ringo's voice skips/cracks just a bit on the last verse of "Yellow Submarine" ("sea of green, in our yellow sub-marine").

And some of my favorite spine-tingle moments: the entire last verse of "Yesterday," because of that endless shimmering high violin note; the syncopated hand-claps in the bridge of "Here Comes The Sun"; the wandering hand-clap/drum-snap in the second verse of "She Came in through Bathroom Window"; the combo of Paul's ripping scream that tag-teams with John's falsetto "awww" fall-off right before the solo in "Dig A Pony."

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Well, I agree with all the posts I've read (didn't read whole topic yet), but these are the ones that particularly stand out. 

Martha My Dear and Paperback Writer each as a whole grab me, but for Martha the "Look what you've done" stands out, and I love the Frere Jacques harmonies in Paperback Writer and vocal echoes. 
The little humming bit that starts at 1:02 in Lady Madonna always gets stuck in my head and I love when that continues behind the verse, it fits perfectly.
The chorus of I'm Only Sleeping comes to mind. And the intro to Good Morning Good Morning, especially Ringo's drums before the verse, along with the brass in that song grab me.
I could keep going, but I'm gonna stop with the bassline in Dear Prudence which I think is perfect.
 
(There have been some mentions of the shivers you get while listening to music, this actually has a name, musical frisson, and it's pretty interesting.)
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AbbeyRoadRage said
Here are some of my favorites.

The piano in "Misery" (also the "Oh oh oh" at the end)

The low notes John sings in "I'm A Loser"

The end of the "Nowhere Man" guitar solo with that really high note

The sharp inhales in "Girl"

The line "Keeping an eye on the world going by my window" from "I'm Only Sleeping"

John's "ah" from "A Day In The Life"

That unforgettable line from "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see."

The line "Nothing that doesn't show" before the chorus in "Baby, You're a Rich Man"

The "Oh yeah" in "Glass Onion"

The power in John's voice on the line "But I am of the universe, and you know what it's worth" from "Yer Blues"

The "She's so... heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy" from "I Want You"

Paul's line "Smiles awake you when you rise" from "Golden Slumbers"

When George sings "Even those tears" in "I Me Mine"

And possibly my favorite, John's "until he sees you cry" from "This Boy"

These are excellent! That last one is spine chilling (studio or live. Well, moreso live!)!

(Some of ) Mine are:

I also love the "Ah's" in Day Tripper during the guitar solo, how it just builds, build, builds right into that ripping riff.

The "All of My Life..." passage in Anna (go To Him)

The lyrics and melody of Because.

"When I Hold You..." passage in "Happiness Is A Warm Gun"

The last "It's All Right" in Here Comes The Sun--so poignant.

The last two "No Reply!" in No Reply

The last flam Ringo does in Ticket To Ride

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OneCoolCat said

AbbeyRoadRage said
Here are some of my favorites.

The piano in "Misery" (also the "Oh oh oh" at the end)

The low notes John sings in "I'm A Loser"

The end of the "Nowhere Man" guitar solo with that really high note

The sharp inhales in "Girl"

The line "Keeping an eye on the world going by my window" from "I'm Only Sleeping"

John's "ah" from "A Day In The Life"

That unforgettable line from "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see."

The line "Nothing that doesn't show" before the chorus in "Baby, You're a Rich Man"

The "Oh yeah" in "Glass Onion"

The power in John's voice on the line "But I am of the universe, and you know what it's worth" from "Yer Blues"

The "She's so... heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy" from "I Want You"

Paul's line "Smiles awake you when you rise" from "Golden Slumbers"

When George sings "Even those tears" in "I Me Mine"

And possibly my favorite, John's "until he sees you cry" from "This Boy"

These are excellent! That last one is spine chilling (studio or live. Well, moreso live!)!

(Some of ) Mine are:

I also love the "Ah's" in Day Tripper during the guitar solo, how it just builds, build, builds right into that ripping riff.

The "All of My Life..." passage in Anna (go To Him)

"When I Hold You..." passage in "Happiness Is A Warm Gun"

I forgot about that line from "Anna" I really like that one too, and I agree that "This Boy" sounds the best live, like the performance from the Ed Sullivan Show.  I like the "ah's" from "Day Tripper" too, but my favorite part is the drum fill Ringo plays at the end.  As for "Happiness Is A Warm Gun", it would be hard for me to pick a favorite part; all the vocals on that song are great in my opinion!

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