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9 October 2019
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meanmistermustard said
Another of those 50th-anniversary book differences in the recording line-up where it omit’s John’s backing vocals.

Which account is therefore gone with? Do we stick to what’s been recorded for five decades or go with what is reported in the newest official source which has studied the original tapes again?

Sounds like John and Paul doing the backing vocals but i guess George could’ve done that part himself.

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30 March 2020
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With the recent launch of the Material World Foundation’s #innerlight2020 challenge, I’ve been giving this song far more attention than I ever did before (having to learn and record it in an afternoon a-hard-days-night-john-6), and it’s quite changed my perspective of the song.

as I said elsewhere
I’ve been going through the challengers periodically, partly out of solidarity but also because I’m really enjoying hearing all the different ways people have managed to interpret what I always thought of as a fairly specific song. Just goes to show that you can take virtually any Beatles song, even the more arrangement-specific ones, and interpret them in radically different ways and they still hold up as excellent examples of songcraft. paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

  

Before, I always thought of it as “just one of George’s Indian songs”, a very lovely and the most underrated/overlooked one to be sure, but I never thought of it as the kind of proper Beatles song that you could cover in orthodox or unorthodox ways without losing the point of the song, which I thought was the Indian arrangement/instrumentation. Boy, was I wrong. a-hard-days-night-george-9

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Now with overdubbed lead guitar and a plug for Joe!

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Beatlebug said
it’s my favourite of his Indian trilogy. 

Agree, it’s also my favorite of George’s Indian songs.  I’ve always thought that.

When it comes to the Beatles, sometimes being an “underrated B-side” can be blessing.  Because it doesn’t get overplayed.

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Von Bontee said
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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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No u a-hard-days-night-paul-11 VB is just fine. You’re just jealous, vb!

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I could be totally wrong on this, but I was always under the impression that the instrument that is labeled as being a shehnai for this song on this site and everywhere else I have seen on the internet was a bowed string instrument like a dilruba or sarangi. It always sounded to my ears, especially during the long drawn-out notes, that it was a bowed string instrument and that I could hear the friction of a bow with rosin on a string and not the vibrating of a reed. I haven’t played any of those instruments, but I have played violin and saxophone, and it just feels like it’s not a reed instrument, although I haven’t played an instrument with the type of reed that a shehnai has so that may be influencing my confusion. Can anyone with more experience lend their ears and help sort out my confusion?

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Always heard it as a double reed but listening back after reading your reply I do hear the chalkiness of a bow. I was listening to other performances with the shehnai and it doesn’t have the same attack. Perhaps it has something to do with the player. 

I can’t find the version that I have in my collection on youtube but this one is an incredible performance so I figured Id share it as an example, because It also has a slightly bowed quality to the attack of the notes. Bird is obviously the master and a single reed instrument is gonna have a different sound but this is the best explanation I can come up with. 

At 15:23 in this video it is clearly a shehnai so I think technique may have something to do with it. Not sure though and very interesting discrepancy in sources I had not noticed before. 

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