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28 August 2014
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StrawberryFieldsForever said

Q: Why were John and Paul laughing during And Your Bird Can Sing 's recording (Take 2)? Just listening to Anthology 2 for the first time and find this version extremely funny...and lively. Paul is absolutely hysterical!a-hard-days-night-john-6

I think mmm is on to something (something they had smoked) coupled with one of them trying to make the other laugh. Listen to it with a pair of good headphones. Just after the count in, you can hear some breathing and whispering. Then at about :07, one of them makes a lip smacking/kissing sound. That sets off some minor giggling beginning at :11. The lip smack/kissing sound is repeated at :18 followed by someone trying very hard not to laugh. At about :23 forward, all attempts at restraining laughter fail. Once the giggling commences in earnest, all bets are off. Ever try to stop laughing while "altered"?

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StrawberryFieldsForever said

Q: Why were John and Paul laughing during And Your Bird Can Sing 's recording (Take 2)? Just listening to Anthology 2 for the first time and find this version extremely funny...and lively. Paul is absolutely hysterical!a-hard-days-night-john-6

I think mmm is on to something (something they had smoked) coupled with one of them trying to make the other laugh. Listen to it with a pair of good headphones. Just after the count in, you can hear some breathing and whispering. Then at about :07, one of them makes a lip smacking/kissing sound. That sets off some minor giggling beginning at :11. The lip smack/kissing sound is repeated at :18 followed by someone trying very hard not to laugh. At about :23 forward, all attempts at restraining laughter fail. Once the giggling commences in earnest, all bets are off. Ever try to stop laughing while "altered"?

Hahah yes! Ah man, they can never be replaced.

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meanmistermustard said
I think it may well have been something they had smoked.

As for U2, the Spice Girls and Oasis is it wrong to agree with George (quote below, taken from here), tho i do think U2 will be remembered?

 Harrison explains, "Today there are groups who sell a lot of records and then disappear immediately. Will we remember U2 in 30 years? Or the Spice Girls? I doubt it." But he's quick to admit he would be cashing in on the foxy fivesome's success if he were a young man. Harrison says, "I would certainly produce the Spice Girls. If I knew at 20 what I know now, it would be fabulous. I would certainly retire before becoming famous."

Spice girls was just another manufactured band and Oasis is remember i guess only for Beatles (my opinion)

and U2 i don't know anything. Time will tell. I think his resented towards oasis was just because of them claiming next beatles

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meanmistermustard said
I think it may well have been something they had smoked.

As for U2, the Spice Girls and Oasis is it wrong to agree with George (quote below, taken from here), tho i do think U2 will be remembered?

 Harrison explains, "Today there are groups who sell a lot of records and then disappear immediately. Will we remember U2 in 30 years? Or the Spice Girls? I doubt it." But he's quick to admit he would be cashing in on the foxy fivesome's success if he were a young man. Harrison says, "I would certainly produce the Spice Girls. If I knew at 20 what I know now, it would be fabulous. I would certainly retire before becoming famous."

Spice girls was just another manufactured band and Oasis is remember i guess only for Beatles (my opinion)

and U2 i don't know anything. Time will tell. I think his resented towards oasis was just because of them claiming next beatles

Yeah well, they meant they were going to be as big as them. And for a short period, they were huge. Still a daft thing to say though. They do have the 5th best selling British album ever or something, and they sold out 2 consecutive nights at Knebworth (that's 250.000 tickets. And apparently the demand was so big that they could've sold out 20 nights if they wanted to. Pretty impressive, I think) Noel later corrected that statement, saying it was ridiculous to say that anyone could ever be like the Beatles, but that they just aimed to be big and used The Beatles in that context.

Paul commented on that statement too, but he doesn't hate them. He has even worked with Noel on that hideous Come Together thing.  

I used to dislike Oasis and I have no idea what has gotten into me, but since half a year I really like them, and have found that they don't sound like the Beatles at all. I don't get the whole ''omg they're such Beatles ripoffs'' thing, tbh. They've stolen from a lot of bands, but not really from the Beatles. They were influenced by them, sure, but which rockband isn't?

This statement has been made 17 years ago and I still hear all those 3 groups on the radio quit often, and U2 is still going. I hate the Spice Girls (though I liked them when I was 5) and I find U2 to be meh. Bono is a knobhead. 

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Linde said

Bono is a knobhead. 

Ha ha ha ha ha...! And so full of himself... and so full of it...

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What are the Beatles blood types?

@Starr Shine? I can only assume that you want a Beatle blood transplant! And who doesn't? I'd love to be donated Macca's blood!!!

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Hello friends! If someone has already asked this, sorry! What piece of music is one in Free As A Bird ? It would take another old John? And what he is saying? Thank you!

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Were The Beatles the first act that were chased by fans whenever they walked down the street? And if not who were?

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Rita Eleanor said
Hello friends! If someone has already asked this, sorry! What piece of music is one in Free As A Bird ? It would take another old John? And what he is saying? Thank you!

I'm not sure if I understand your question, but Free As A Bird was originally an old John Lennon demo from somewhere in the 70s. If you type in ''john lennon Free As A Bird demo'' on youtube you'll probably find it. I don't know what you mean with the rest you are saying though, I'm sorry.

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Annadog40 said
Were The Beatles the first act that were chased by fans whenever they walked down the street? And if not who were?

I can vaguely remember reading or hearing somewhere that women who saw Mozart play used to faint, so apparently fangirling dates back to the 18th century. I really can't find anything about that again though. I may have heard it in Art History class a few years ago.

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@Linde 

No problem. When the music ends, more or less 4 minutes and 7 seconds starts playing a stringed instrument, and John says something and ends. That part I meant. Thanks and hugs!

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Rita Eleanor said

@Linde 

No problem. When the music ends, more or less 4 minutes and 7 seconds starts playing a stringed instrument, and John says something and ends. That part I meant. Thanks and hugs!

From the Wikipedia article about the song:

The Beatles' overdubs and production were recorded between February and March 1994 in Sussex, England, at McCartney's home studio. It ends with a slight coda including a strummed ukulele by Harrison (an instrument he was known to have played often) and the voice of John Lennon played backwards. The message, when played in reverse, is "Turned out nice again", which was the catchphrase of George Formby, Jr. The final result sounds like "made by John Lennon ", which, according to McCartney, was unintentional and was only discovered after the surviving Beatles reviewed the final mix.

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Annadog40 said
Were The Beatles the first act that were chased by fans whenever they walked down the street? And if not who were?

Not sure about other bands, but obviously Elvis would certainly be chased down.

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Hi friends! You who are British, could explain why the pronunciation of the verb "feel" in If I fell is different from I feel fine? And the pronunciation of the adjective "beautiful" in Baby you're a rich man is different from Beautiful boy? This is the British English, is typical of Liverpool and The Beatles changed for some purpose?

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@Rita Eleanor If I Fell is what you're thinking of. Fell is the past-tense for fall. I'm sure you know about I Feel Fine .

The word "beautiful" means the same in both though, as far as I know.

P.S. I'm American, they're actually not British things. ahdn_george_08

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@Bulldog, 

Sorry, I meant "If I Fell " even. As the word Beautiful, I mean the pronunciation not the meaning.

Thank you very much!

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Yeah as far as I know the word ''beautiful'' is always pronounced that way.

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@Rita Eleanor said
Hi friends! You who are British, could explain why the pronunciation of the verb "feel" in If I fell is different from I feel fine? And the pronunciation of the adjective "beautiful" in Baby you're a rich man is different from Beautiful boy? This is the British English, is typical of Liverpool and The Beatles changed for some purpose?

With the word 'beautiful' in the beautiful boy, maybe you're confused at the way John stretches the word? But he does that to make the song sound in a particular way. Imagine singing Beautiful Boy not stressing the word "beautiful", wouldn't sound right, right? Hope its helps.

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Rita Eleanor said
As the word Beautiful, I mean the pronunciation not the meaning.

@Rita Eleanor Myself, I think the pronunciation is a part of the meaning.

In Baby You're A Rich Man  John is mocking those he's describing as "beautiful". It is a sardonic comment on the "Hippy movement", and the earliest sign of The Beatles disillusionment with 1967's "Summer of Love". John's saying that many of these "beautiful people" are ugly and shallow.

It was a sentiment George came to when he visited "Hippy Central" in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco later in the year:

I went there expecting it to be a brilliant place, with groovy gypsy people making works of art and paintings and carvings in little workshops. But it was full of horrible spotty drop-out kids on drugs, and it turned me right off the whole scene. I could only describe it as being like the Bowery: a lot of bums and drop-outs; many of them very young kids who'd dropped acid and come from all over America to this mecca of LSD.

Whereas in Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) John is singing a loving and affectionate song to his son.

How you pronounce a word often affects the meaning, and the meaning of "beautiful" is totally different in both songs.

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