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3 February 2021
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Agreed, I think for me it’s probably from hearing it all the time growing up, so it just became one of those “famous songs that everyone knows” songs, whereas with a lot of other Beatles songs I became more familiar with them of my own volition, so there’s more of a connection there. 

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Agreed, I think for me it’s probably from hearing it all the time growing up, so it just became one of those “famous songs that everyone knows” songs, whereas with a lot of other Beatles songs I became more familiar with them of my own volition, so there’s more of a connection there.   

Interestingly I used to feel that way about HCTS, but then I learned to play it, and then it became “mine”. (I’ve mentioned this before many-a-time but it’s an interesting comparison nonetheless.) Yesterday I also know how to play, of course, but it being a simpler song, I never had to work as hard at it, and so perhaps it didn’t have the same effect because I didn’t have to fall in love with its complexities.

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It hadn’t occurred to me before that ‘Yesterday ‘ was the moment when the Beatles realised that not all four had to be on the record and it would end up having a significant impact on the songs they recorded in the studio and how. Before this moment all songs featured all four Beatles and it wasn’t until ‘Revolver ‘ where it became more frequent. 

Weirdly, it was ‘We Can Work It Out ‘ that brought that to mind.

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It hadn’t occurred to me before that ‘Yesterday ‘ was the moment when the Beatles realised that not all four had to be on the record and it would end up having a significant impact on the songs they recorded in the studio and how. Before this moment all songs featured all four Beatles and it wasn’t until ‘Revolver ‘ where it became more frequent. 

Weirdly, it was ‘We Can Work It Out ‘ that brought that to mind.

  

Though, you could argue that George Martin had the same opinion right at the beginning of their EMI recording career when he drafted in Andy White to play on Love Me Do and P.S I Love You* instead of Ringo.

 

*I know Ringo played the tambourine and maracas during the sessions etc…

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Martin was following standard practice back in the day when producers didn’t give a toss who was out playing live in the band, what mattered was who was recording in the studio was good. Recording time cost money and no studio wanted to spend more than was minimally required. John, Paul and George were only in the door so were never going to question it, Ringo shook the tambourine whilst being gutted. 

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I’m sure it was hard on him but there’s little doubt that it is the better recording because the addition of the tambourine gives it a kick that the earlier version lacks.

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Arranging and teaching this for one of my students, and even for a melody I know so well, Paul’s melodic selection over the harmony and chordal structure is so natural and beautiful. I don’t think he realized at the time how musically advanced it actually is. George Martin heard it and though “let’s pair some of my classical stylings with that and you’ve got a masterpiece”

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