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25 April 2014
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LikeASir said

In the Anthology 3 version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, when George sings "aleeerted".

Yes! I also love the demo version of 'Let It Down' from ATMP when he sings "let yer hur hang all around you". I dig his accent.

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I love the "send" in "send her back to me" from Misery.

EDIT: Especially that second one that sounds like it has a "h" in it.

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The reprise of the "Ah, look at all the lonely people" after the second chorus of Eleanor Rigby.

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The rise and fall of the orchestra bit behind all the "ahh, look at all the lonely people" parts.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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meanmistermustard said
The rise and fall of the orchestra bit behind all the "ahh, look at all the lonely people" parts.

The entirety of Eleanor Rigby.

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Entirety is cheating.blue-meanie

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At the beginning of Helter Skelter: "Yeah yeah yeah-heah, heh-heh-heh!" The little laugh... I don't know, I just like it. It's so wonderfully insane.

The ending of Hey Bulldog for the same reason: really fun insanity.

The whacked-out keyboard solo in I'm Down where, if you listen closely, you can hear how hard the keys are being slapped.

The ride cymbal in the verses of I Feel Fine.

The crazy drumming in their cover of I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry from Live At The BBC.

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I love really echoey, almost psychedelic vocals, like in Paul's On The Way and Monkberry Moon Delight.

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Just thinking of Ram for now:

The ending of "Too Many People" merging into the beginning of 3 Legs.

The ending of "3 Legs" -- the sound of the acoustic guitar on that final riff sounds so used and watery, it enhances the bluesy effect, and then there's that bouncy sound...

... which segues nicely into that "squinchy" sound like an old reel-to-reel tape machine being suddenly switched on, for the rolling piano arpeggios using the sustain pedal that begin "Ram On".

The way the tempo accelerates at the end of the long fadeout to "Uncle Albert", led in a subtle way by the piano chords (also using the sustain pedal I believe).

There are no doubt many more, but that's all for now. 

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6 June 2014
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  • On "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", the harmony on the word "heavy", especially Paul's, is ri-fucking-diculous, so powerful.
  • The solo and key change in "And I Love Her" are great, and the lyric 'Bright are the stars that shine/dark is the sky', has always struck a chord with me, even though they're not the most amazing lyrics or anything, just the way Paul sings that line is awesome.
  • The harmonies on "This Boy", considering Paul, George and John will have recorded it live, and they're all playing their instruments and singing their harmonies with no mistakes AT ALL at the same time, is incredible. Also if you listen for George's harmony in this and "Yes It Is", he's singing some really weird melody that, instinctively, sounds like it shouldn't work, but totally does.
  • John and Paul's "Woooah-oh!"'s on "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You", they're so minor-y and the mood changes completely.
  • John's sketchy as fuck solo on "You Can't Do That", it's so raw and noisy that it's awesome.
  • The 'Someday when I'm lonely' in "Things We Said Today", just comes out nowhere and changes from minor to major with a really awesome bottom harmony.
  • Fuzz bass in "Think For Yourself"
  • Paul and Ringo's playing in "The Word", a great example as to why they were a great rhythm section. Gotta love those sloshy hi-hats.
  • The bassline in "I'm Only Sleeping". Holy crap, nobody ever talks about this one, but it's brilliant, it flows so smoothly, and then that little fill before the 'Keeping an eye on the...' bit is great, Paul was probably the first pop/rock bassist, maybe bassist full stop, to play chords, there's some as early as 1963 on "Not A Second Time" too.
  • The drums on "Tomorrow Never Knows", just genius. I want to slow those right down and use them for a hip-hop track, Beastie Boys style :D
  • More drums, the fills in "Blue Jay Way", especially the one right before the song speeds up, are just brilliant, the main reason why I like the song so much, gives it a load of momentum it wouldn't have otherwise.
  • Kind of cheating, but the whole of "Strawberry Fields Forever", is and always will be my favourite song ever written. Just pure genius, and sounds like nothing else I've ever heard.
  • Paul's basslines in "Mr. Kite" and "Good Morning, Good Morning" are oft-overlooked, but they're great fun to play, especially all the dead notes in "Good Morning" (you can hear them better in the Anthology version).
  • The bass tone on the White Album, especially on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", just really crunchy and gritty, I've never been able to properly replicate it.
  • The middle part of "Everybody's Got Something to Hide", that little bass fill is simple but it's so so awesome. Also comeoncomeoncomeoncomeoncomeoncomeoncomeonAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH
  • 'Every one of them knew that as time went by, they'd get a little bit older and a little bit slower'
  • Paul's vocal in "Oh Darling!", especially the middle eight, is my second favourite vocal performance of all time (after "Show Must Go On" by Queen), you can just hear the strain he's putting on his voice, but it's so raw and powerful.
  • George's vocal on "Long, Long, Long" is really haunting and eerie, one of top 10 Beatles songs, and it never gets any love :(
  • The bass part for "Only A Northern Song" is actually genius, there's some really cool walking parts and some odd sounding chords in there, it's really fun to play, and the weird stunted bits where the bar gets extended by two beats in some places. Also the whole songs sounds slightly out of key, in a cool way :D
  • The little descending country style guitar fill on "For You Blue" is cool, and John's slide guitar rocks
  • The middle bit of "Rain", where the drums and bass both play little fills at the same time. Just awesome, so underrated as a song.

That's all I could think of for now, I'm a bassist/drummer, so I tend to notice those instruments more, that's why most of mine are centered around them :P

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CebeBee13, what do you mean by the "dead notes" of Paul's bass in "Good Morning"?

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  • "Well, well, well..." from Doctor Robert.
  • "If there's anything I can doooooooooo" in Tell Me Why.
  • The flute/oboe in When I'm Sixty-Four before the lines "And if you say the word..." and "Grandchildren on your knee..."
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The female harmony vocals in Dream Away.

I love the Gone Troppo album.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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Bit late but I love the bit Paul does on the bass (I think) in 'don't let me down' that starts with 'I'm in love for the first time, don't you know it's going to last'.  And Paul again on 'I will' where he dumps the bass guitar and does the whole song just doing the bass line by singing do-do-do all the way through!

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The most beautiful is most definitely "I Should Have Known Better" middle eight. It's INSTANT hook up. Hard to choose the best song on AHDN, is it the title track or this one...

And of course, the incredibly catchy Yeah Yeah Yeah in She Loves You.

The last part of Ticket To Ride: "My baby don't care".

That little solo in You're Gonna Lose That Girl.

The incredible change in What Goes On that really makes it my second favorite Ringo song, "It's so easy for a girl like you to lie/ Tell me why".

Little falsetto in the end of In My Life.

The little pitch harmonic on the end of solo in Nowhere Man.

Heck, I could describe every song like this.

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Yeay, more love for What Goes On. Too often it is slapped around by others and tossed to the side.

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meanmistermustard said
Yeay, more love for What Goes On. Too often it is slapped around by others and tossed to the side.

Yeah I don't get it, this song is one of the highlights of the 'Rubber Soul' album and if weren't for the brilliant 'Nowhere Man' & 'Norwegian Wood' songs this would be probably my favourite.  It's another great example of their knack for nailing the harmonies and shows that Ringo picked up a thing or two from the others along the way.  If I have one small criticism of it it's that it's very similar to 'Act Naturally' musically, but I think that they actually improved upon the Buck Owens' classic here and I would've loved to have heard The Beatles perform it live when they hit the road again after 'Rubber Soul's release.  The fact that they chose 'I Wanna Be Your Man' for Ringo's showcase during their final World Tour says a lot about their attitude towards performing live for it was easier to just slot that in instead of rehearsing new material for the show...:-)

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Oddly enough they played 'Act Naturally' during the '65 UK tour which coincided with the release of Rubber Soul despite having ditched it for 'I Wanna Be Your Man' after Shea in the US Autumn '65 tour.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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StrawberryWalrus said

The incredible change in What Goes On that really makes it my second favorite Ringo song, "It's so easy for a girl like you to lie/ Tell me why".

Right after he sings that at about 1:27 or thereabouts, you can here John faintly in the left channel say "We told you why". a-hard-days-night-john-1
That is the hook for me in this song.

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http://youtu.be/6O5w5h2T87c?t=1m18s

this part of ''wait'' gotta be one of the best of the song (i believe it's called a bridge idk), it always really got me

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