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2 April 2015
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meanmistermustard said

Sorry. I’m missing something if its not a joke.

What has Yoko’s singing got to do with ‘Yer Blues ‘ when she doesnt sing on it? 

Yes, she adds her vocals to live versions, per the above links.

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2 April 2015
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Sorry, i was thinking solely of the Beatles album cut.

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I have a question about this song.

The song (main version on White Album ) ends with an instrumental version of first verse although vocals can be heard faintly.  Was this intended to be instrumental and perhaps they did not remove guide vocal as well as they should?  Was it supposed to be a total repeat of first verse, but vocals were not mixed correctly?  Or did John really want his vocals to be faint like that?

I could not find this addressed on other threads or other discussions about song on internet.

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@Jolly Jimmy, Yer Blues  was recorded in a small annexe off Studio Two. During the takes for the backing-track they were live because the space they were in was so tight (helping create the almost claustrophobic atmosphere of a song that could be viewed as a rehearsal for the whole of the Plastic Ono Band album). John was doing a vocal during most takes, and that leaked through to other mics in the room. So, in that way, it’s meant to be instrumental and they just couldn’t do anything about the “ghost” vocal. However, they would have heard it was there, and a part of me wonders if John liked the idea of this “ghost” voice howling on the edge of hearing about wanting to die.

This “ghost” didn’t only affect the vocals as @Joe points in his article on the song. If you know where to look, and Joe does, there’s also the ghost of an abandoned solo.

Joe’s articles are always worth checking, probably the greatest Beatle resource on the interweb.

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If we keep in mind that this blues-rock song was made before Led Zeppelin even got it’s start, it’s a quite progressive song.

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