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29 January 2019
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So I was listening to this song (shocking, I know...) just now and I noticed this weird bass rumble, it sounds like nothing else... kinda like that instrument I keep forgetting the name of in Within You Without You that does the bassline, but I can't work out what it is. Could someone help me?

It's at 0:56, a split second after the double tom hit on the second half of beat 3 of that bar.

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I'm not sure, Holey...are you referring to that one loop of orchestral instruments playing a kind of drone? And is a dilruba the instrument whose name you forgot?

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No I'm not referring to that VB. It's not more than half a beat, it's quite weird.

Dilruba is not the instrument I was thinking of. It's the bassy one that rockband picks up.

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I am interested in hearing the reaction of anyone who heard this song after listening to the album at the time of release. Was it a shock? Did parents and grandparents say "That's unbearable, take it off", "They're on drugs", "They've gone too far this time"? I was 6 and not exposed to it at the time being the eldest child of Beatle indifferent parents. Thankyou.

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Paul Prole said
I am interested in hearing the reaction of anyone who heard this song after listening to the album at the time of release. Was it a shock? Did parents and grand parents say "That's unbearable, take it off", "They're on drugs", "They've gone too far this time"? I was 6 and not exposed to it at the time being the eldest child of Beatle indifferent parents. Thankyou.

I've always had the same curiosity. Besides maybe The Byrds' 'Eight Miles High', I can't think of any song in popular music prior to TNK even as close as weird as this one. I imagine it would've resulted in either complete confusion or awe. 

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Can anyone explain the difference in the mix found only on the first pressing please? Is it XEX-606-1 matrix or something like that?

 

Absolutely amazing song, so ahead of its time. I can imagine all the groups copying the Merseybeat sound must have had their heads in their hands about how original and groundbreaking this was and could see they were obsolete right there.

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Can anyone explain the difference in the mix found only on the first pressing please? Is it XEX-01 matrix or something like that?

 

Absolutely amazing song, so ahead of its time. I can imagine all the groups copying the Merseybeat sound must have had their heads in their hands about how original and groundbreaking this was and could see they were obsolete right there.

  

It is my favorite aspect of the Beach Boys -Beatles exchange. Brian was so inspired by Rubber Soul , which was groundbreaking in its own right. His ‘response’ was Pet Sounds, and while he delivered one of the GOAT albums, the Beatles were already innovating past what Brian had going on in the studio. Brian was a master whose music is damn near perfect, but he knew he was a step behind already in 66, and as the story goes Pepper completely blew his mind, and was a bit of a punch to the gut. If only The Beatles had gotten to hear and respond SMiLE, as their Pet Sounds listening party is one of my other favorite stories, where the Penny Lane sessions began with Paul wanting to sound like Pet Sounds 

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QuarryMan said

Paul Prole said

I am interested in hearing the reaction of anyone who heard this song after listening to the album at the time of release. Was it a shock? Did parents and grand parents say "That's unbearable, take it off", "They're on drugs", "They've gone too far this time"? I was 6 and not exposed to it at the time being the eldest child of Beatle indifferent parents. Thankyou.

I've always had the same curiosity. Besides maybe The Byrds' 'Eight Miles High', I can't think of any song in popular music prior to TNK even as close as weird as this one. I imagine it would've resulted in either complete confusion or awe. 

  

The progression from She Loves You to Tomorrow Never Knows is huge, but I feel the familiarity of John and Paul's voices would've been enough to warm people to the new sound. And if not initially, in time it would've become accepted or even outright preferred. 

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What are the samples of the tape loops through all the song?

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Hi yaireismailov, I've moved your post to our pre-existing thread for this song.

As for your question - the answer can be found in Joe's article on Tomorrow Never Knows :

There were six loops used on ‘Tomorrow Never Knows ’: a seagull noise, actually a distorted recording of McCartney laughing; an orchestra playing a B flat chord; notes played on a Mellotron’s flute setting; a second Mellotron on its violin setting; a finger rubbing the rim of a wine glass, heard midway through the song only in the stereo mix; and a distorted sitar which is most clearly heard in the instrumental break following the lines “It is being, it is being”.

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