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Hearing new things in Beatles songs
19 November 2014
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I don't think there's another thread about this. Has anyone had the experience I'm having today? I've heard the Beatles songs a million times and suddenly I'm hearing them in a completely different way. I guess it was a shift away from listening to the melodies and lyrics toward listening to what was happening in the left and right channels, and paying attention to one instrument alone, such as the bass guitar. Then suddenly I started to hear all kinds of weird things I've never heard before. They put a lot of thought into these songs (I'm talking post-Revolver ). On one level the songs can sound very simple and spontaneous...but they are actually very complex.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

20 November 2014
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Yes! I've had the same experience loads of times.  I think anytime time you shift your focus you'll hear new stuff, like when you say just listening to one instrument alone.  It's like watching a movie you love over and over; you start noticing stuff in the background, or stupid stuff like what colour tie someone is wearing.  Or when you re-read a great book and get something new out of it.

Perhaps it's because we get so used to the overall thing, our brains start looking for the details

I love picking the songs apart; I'm the kind of guy who spends hours listening to isolations and multitracks (not just of The Beatles, but those are like gold), which is another way (albeit obsessive) to hear new stuff.  It's always interesting to hear things broken down, and then again as a whole.

This has probably been linked here before, but I used to spend a lot of time reading this website and listening out for the things mentioned, which really made me listen closely:

http://wgo.signal11.org.uk/wgo.htm

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20 November 2014
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There is a thread that talks about odd noises, voices, etc... here .

However, I get the feeling that ExTex is referring to the actual music and not the oddities. Therefore, I don't think there is a need to merge any threads. If anyone would like to discuss the oddities, I recommend going to the thread I linked to above. If you heard something new musically (killer bassline, previously masked guitar lick, etc...) then this thread started by ExTex is the placce to be.

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20 November 2014
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Yes, I did mean mainly musical (but also people speaking or shouting in the background). For instance, has anyone noticed that on Paperback Writer the backup vocal John is singing is actually "Frere Jacque," to the actual tune of "Frere Jacque"?

I noticed quite a few different things by shifting my focus when listening to the White Album yesterday. It made me like it quite a bit more. I'll mention a few things here later if I go back and re-listen.

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20 November 2014
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Yes, I did mean mainly musical (but also people speaking or shouting in the background). For instance, has anyone noticed that on Paperback Writer the backup vocal John is singing is actually "Frere Jacque," to the actual tune of "Frere Jacque"?

Yes.

If your conversation in this thread will deal strictly with new musical discoveries (great topic, BTW), we can leave it as a stand alone. if you plan on including the "people speaking or shouting in the background" and such, we can merge the two threads.

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20 November 2014
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Okay--I'll post in the other thread for people shouting, etc.

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