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20 August 2015
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If this has been posted elsewhere, I half apologize (it’s so good that it deserves to be posted more than once).  The End deconstructed!:

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I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, 'The Beatles did'.
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20 August 2015
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I was just playing ‘The End ‘ when I saw this and 

*what I said above* 

Don’t know if I mentioned this before, but The End is my favourite song on Abbey Road (along with Something of course). It is simply the finest ending any band could have. 

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20 August 2015
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Hear hear……..Amen.

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13 September 2015
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Why Is  “Your Majesty” The Last Song On Abbey Road , Not “The End “? It’s Been Driving Me CRAZY!!!paul-mccartneyblue-meanie

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13 September 2015
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@RingoStarrDrums Her Majesty  was originally intended to be a part of the Medley, sitting between Mean Mr. Mustard and Polythene Pam . When they put together the first rough mix of the Medley, Paul listened back to it and decided it didn’t fit, so told the engineer to cut it out and throw it away.

EMI had given that nothing was ever to be “thrown away”, and so as soon as Paul left, the engineer picked it up off the floor, added about 20 seconds of leader (blank) tape to the end of the Medley, and then stuck Her Majesty  onto the tape, to ensure it was preserved.

The next day Paul had an acetate of the rough mix of the Medley cut so he could listen at leisure. The record cutter who made the acetate did an exact copy of the rough mix tape that he’d been given, including the silence and Her Majesty , assuming that was what was wanted.

When Paul listened to it later, not expecting to hear Her Majesty , he was pleasantly surprised to find it there, at the end. It amused him. He liked it. And so that was where it ended up. What you hear is exactly what was chopped out of that first rough mix of the Medley. The crashing guitar chord at the beginning is the end of Mean Mr. Mustard, the clipped ending is because part of the last note remained in the rough mix of the Medley because they were not looking to be precise, it was only a rough mix.

So, we end up with Her Majesty  becoming one of the first (if not the first) hidden tracks on an album (while it is on the tracklisting now, it wasn’t at the time, no mention of it at all on the record sleeve, making it as big a surprise for listeners then as it was for Paul when he first heard it there).

The Beatles liked to capitalise on accidents, and this was one such incident.

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I presume

“And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

is referred to by George in ‘I Dig Love

Make love, take love, but you should give love
And try to live love, come on that’s where you should be

[This may have been posted elsewhere previously.]

 

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I read somewhere that Ringo based the drum solo partially on the one in “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” Is that true at all?

26 September 2021
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Toxic34 said
I read somewhere that Ringo based the drum solo partially on the one in “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” Is that true at all?

  

According to Butterfly drummer Ron Bushy, it is

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It is a bit long, but I’ve always found Bushy’s “…Vida” solo pretty innovative in its employment – it functions not as a show-off moment for one instrumentalist (Bushy’s playing is quite basic, and never abandons the tempo), but as its own full movement in an extended, unified musical performance.

As for Ringo, he maintains the pulse as well, but his bit is mostly about building tension before those guitars and “Loooove you…”-s take over. 

(Also, I’m just now pondering if maybe Ringo also had Mitch Mitchell (of Jimi’s  Experience) in mind? “I Don’t Live Today” begins similarly, especially live when Mitch would extend the intro by a minute or so…)

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A Day In The Life is the greatest conclusion to any album ever. But because the Beatles had already made that track previously, something new was needed. And The End does the job really well. It’s rocking and poignant, which makes the era feel complete perhaps in a way that A Day In The Life couldn’t. I had the guitar solo section as my ringtone for the longest time. It’s one of my favourite Beatles moments.

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