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 61 
 on: March 23, 2015, 02:32:00 AM 
Started by Hello Goodbye - Last post by Fab4Fan
Rain is one of my all-time favorite Beatles tracks. John's vocals, lyrics, and philosophical perspective coupled with Paul's bass, Ringo's drumming, and those awesome guitars - rich and full - create a musical tapestry that is unlike anything the Beatles had released to date. Paperback Writer is a nice, catchy, pop-rock song but Rain is from an entirely different astral plane!

As a 2nd-generation Beatles fan (born in '62) I didn't really dig into the Beatles LPs until '77 (age 15). In '77 or '78 I bought the Hey Jude 8-track and Rain blew me away - despite it being the one song to be split between programs on the tape (which led me to promptly buy the Hey Jude LP on vinyl!).

My first car was a '73 Mercury Comet GT with a set of small home-stereo speakers mounted above and behind the back seat - and they produced a lot of sound! My friends and I had many, many great experiences cruising around town with the windows down listening to my collection of Beatles 8-track tapes - and Rain was one of our favorite tracks on which to crank up the volume! As I reflect back on it, I'm sure plenty of folks thought we were just a bunch of obnoxious teenagers playing loud rock-n-roll music.

For the sake of nostalgia, I've posted a photo of that exact Hey Jude 8-track that brings back so many great memories:   

 62 
 on: March 23, 2015, 01:20:10 AM 
Started by Hello Goodbye - Last post by Hombre_de_ningun_lugar
When I started listening to the Beatles, I began buying the original albums plus the Red and Blue Albums, where "Rain" is not included. So as many of you, "Rain" was one of the last Beatles' songs I've listened to. But I remember reading about "Rain" before actually listening to it, and I had big expectations about the song. I can say that I wasn't disappointed when I finally listened to it. I love the sound of the guitars and the extreme separation of the vocals in the stereo version: John on the left channel and Paul and George on the right channel.

I believe the general sound of the song was inspired by the Yardbirds' "Shapes Of Things", released few months earlier, in February 1966.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn2JFlteeJ0

 63 
 on: March 22, 2015, 11:50:22 PM 
Started by Sondra - Last post by tkitna
Here's another picture of when I was young.  Me and my 2 brothers and oldest sister.  Damn the 80's.  Hard to believe that I thought that style was cool at the time.  At least I had a cool shirt on.


 64 
 on: March 22, 2015, 11:48:21 PM 
Started by Sondra - Last post by tkitna
Sorry about your daughter and your escapade Kathy.  It happens.

 65 
 on: March 22, 2015, 11:45:29 PM 
Started by Sondra - Last post by tkitna
Our 8th grade middle daughter going to a semi formal ball after completing an etiquette class.

Great picture BM.  She's a beautiful girl. 

 66 
 on: March 22, 2015, 08:35:15 PM 
Started by Hello Goodbye - Last post by Klang

From the point of view of someone who heard - and bought - the record the day it was released, it was a definite A/A side among me and my friends. These guys were just getting better, and 'Revolver' sealed the deal a few months later.

 :)


 67 
 on: March 22, 2015, 08:26:02 PM 
Started by Sondra - Last post by Normandie
Oh my gosh! Is that you on the floor Kathy? I've seen that sort of thing on America's Funniest Home Videos but I never actually knew anyone who had it happen to them. It probably isn't all that funny when it does. I hope your daughter is okay. I assume she is or you wouldn't be  ha2ha ing!

Yup, that's me! That's my ex on the altar with his hands on his hips. We ended up saying our vows as I reclined on a couch in a nun's office in the back of the church. At the time I was sooo embarrassed, then years later it seemed funny, and now that I've petitioned for an annulment it seems sad.

My daughter is fine; thanks for asking! Somebody gave me a small bottle of juice, and one of the priests ran back and got her some donut holes (which she refused because she doesn't like blueberries -- sheesh! I was like, "Just eat!!").

That's the last time I let her skip breakfast, that's for sure!

 68 
 on: March 22, 2015, 08:06:45 PM 
Started by Hello Goodbye - Last post by Moogmodule
Seems this was almost a "lost" Beatle song for many of us. It helps explain Nick Hornby writing in his book, 31 songs,  that Rain is valuable as it's a quality Beatle tune that most people haven't heard ad nauseum, so allows you to listen to the Beatles with something like fresh ears.

 69 
 on: March 22, 2015, 07:49:55 PM 
Started by Sondra - Last post by In My Life
My elder daughter keeled over as Mass was ending this morning. It was quite the scene! I told her it runs in the family.  ha2ha

Oh my gosh! Is that you on the floor Kathy? I've seen that sort of thing on America's Funniest Home Videos but I never actually knew anyone who had it happen to them. It probably isn't all that funny when it does. I hope your daughter is okay. I assume she is or you wouldn't be  ha2ha ing!

 70 
 on: March 22, 2015, 06:41:48 PM 
Started by Hello Goodbye - Last post by oldbrownshoe
Moogmodule, Kevin.....for your 'Rain' I'll raise you a 'Baby You're A Rich Man'.

I'd got 'Rarities', most of the 45s but not 'All You Need Is Love', and wasn't going to get the 'Magical Mystery Tour' L.P. because I already had the double E.P. and the other 1967 singles, and so I spent an age (probably only about a month) before I heard my final Beatles' song.

I guess it explains my over-the-top and irrational regard for 'Baby You're A Rich Man'.

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