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Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« on: August 18, 2011, 09:07:19 AM »

I absolutely love this song, definatly one of Johns best IMO, it has fantastic vocal and guitar tones to die for, the finger picking interplay between John & George (for which I think Donovan was the catalyst) is very very good.
Its all done with a dropped D...ie the low E string is dropped a whole tone down to D, this guy shows it well;

How to play "Dear Prudence"



See, its easy  ;D


The subject of the song is actress Mia Farrow's sister, Prudence Farrow who was present when The Beatles went to India to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
The Beatles had planned to make it a three month retreat.  However, after about ten days, Ringo Starr returned home, reportedly because he couldn’t deal with spicy Indian food, heading back to the U.K. “for egg and chips,” as one account put it.  Paul left soon thereafter, with John and George leaving later.  Although the Beatles left the retreat before the course on transcendental meditation was finished, Prudence Farrow, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, and others stayed on and became TM teachers.  During the Beatles’ stay, however, they did a fair amount of song writing in their spare time, with McCartney and Lennon getting together frequently to compare notes.  “Regardless of what I was supposed to be doing,” Lennon would later say, “I did write some of my best songs there.”
Farrow became so serious about her meditation that she "turned into a near recluse" and "rarely came out" of the cottage she was living in. Someone asked John Lennon to "contact her and make sure she came out more often to socialize". As a result, Lennon wrote the song Dear Prudence. In the song Lennon asks Farrow to "open up your eyes" and "see the sunny skies" reminding her that she is "part of everything". The song was said to be "a simple plea to a friend to 'snap out of it'".

 Lennon said later that "She'd been locked in for three weeks and was trying to reach God quicker than anyone else". According to Farrow: "I would always rush straight back to my room after lectures and meals so I could meditate. John, George and Paul would all want to sit around jamming and having a good time and I'd be flying into my room. They were all serious about what they were doing, but they just weren't as fanatical as me".
George Harrison later mentioned to Prudence as the Beatles were leaving India, that they had written a song about her.  Farrow, flattered at the attention, would not hear the song until it came out on the album.

The resulting song, in any case, is quite beautiful musically; with the above mentioned finger-picking guitar featured prominently throughout (except the Bridge), along with some very nice, harmonic Beatle vocals.  The song’s lyrics offer simplicity and innocence while praising nature’s beauty:  “..The sun is up, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful, and so are you…”.  Lennon is said to have considered it one of his favourite Beatles songs, and his son Julian has also named it his favourite.

In late August 1968, as the Beatles continued their studio work on the White Album – most of which was done at the Abbey Road studios in London – the work on “Dear Prudence” began.  The work on this song, took place over a three-day period at Trident Studios in London.  This studio had new eight-track recording equipment, which the Beatles used on the “Dear Prudence” song.  The basic track, recorded on this first day, featured Lennon on finger-picked guitar, George Harrison on lead guitar, and Paul McCartney on drums, as Ringo Starr had temporarily left the group. It has to be said that Paul did a great job on the drums here.
On the following day, McCartney recorded a bass part, and Lennon manually double-tracked his lead vocals and backing vocals.  Handclapping and tambourine were performed by McCartney and Harrison with other contributions from others at the studio.  On the final day of recording, McCartney added a piano track and a very brief flugelhorn section. 
The complete list of recording session personnel included:
   John Lennon: lead vocals (double-tracked), backing vocals, harmony vocals, rhythm guitars (1965 Epiphone E230TD(V) Casino), handclaps
Paul McCartney: backing vocals, harmony vocals, bass guitar (1964 Rickenbacker 400IS), piano (Bluthner), drums (Ludwig), handclaps
George Harrison: backing vocals, harmony vocals, lead guitar (1968 Fender Rosewood Telecaster), rhythm guitar (1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard), handclaps
Mal Evans, Jackie Lomax, John McCartney: handclaps



Released   22 November 1968

and here it is in all its glory...

The Beatles HD- Dear Prudence

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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2011, 02:05:30 PM »

Didnt know Jackie Lomax leant his voice to this one or if I did, I had forgotten. Yeah, this is one of my favorites (if not the favorite). I want to point out that this is probably Pauls crowning achievement on the drums in my opinion, but I lend that to them sounding very Ringo like in style. It works. Guitars sound great as does the bass. Fantastic harmonies along with Johns incredible lead vocals and we have a winner.

Love the fading jet plane from Back In The USSR too at the beginning. It wouldnt be the same without it.

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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2011, 09:12:41 PM »

Yep, in my top 10.

But I never realised how good it is, until I heard it on the ipod headphones!  And also playing it on Rock Band.

The guitar bits during the verses are awesome, as is the bass. But its still hard to believe Macca is playing the drums - it just doesn't seem like his style and there are some complex things in the finale.

And John's voice?  Unreal...
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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2011, 09:19:08 PM »

Love the fading jet plane from Back In The USSR too at the beginning. It wouldnt be the same without it.

I've always loved that transition too, Todd, since I first heard the album in 1968.

And I love that video, Kevin, especially the Abbey Road crossing sequence.  It gives me cutis anserina (goose bumps)!
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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2011, 10:54:56 PM »

My 4 year old son loves the Elephant in the Rock Band Intro!  We always have to put it on before we play.

Yeah, that Abbey Road CGI is wonderful.

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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2011, 11:39:24 PM »

I've always loved that transition too, Todd, since I first heard the album in 1968.

And I love that video, Kevin, especially the Abbey Road crossing sequence. It gives me cutis anserina (goose bumps)!

yeah, me too Barry, thats the reason I posted that particular one
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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2011, 11:40:14 PM »

somebody hits a tambourine at 1:06 and 1:18 for no apparent reason  ha2ha
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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2011, 12:33:41 AM »

I was too busy watching them metamorphose into Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to notice.
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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2011, 01:17:54 AM »

not on the video but on the remastered CD
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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2011, 01:21:10 AM »

somebody hits a tambourine at 1:06 and 1:18 for no apparent reason  ha2ha

Yeah I've noticed that before too, especially with head phones on. It sort of fits in but it's odd.
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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2011, 01:32:07 AM »

I was too busy watching the jumping penguins and the marching egg army to notice.
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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2011, 01:49:59 AM »

Easily my very favourite song from the White Album.

About the tambourine, there're several Beatles songs with unexpected tambourine, love that.
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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2011, 04:38:36 AM »

Quote from: nimrod
and here it is in all its glory...

Glorious is the word for this song. I just love it. Nice analysis Kevin.

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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2011, 07:54:14 AM »

Easily my very favourite song from the White Album.

About the tambourine, there're several Beatles songs with unexpected tambourine, love that.

only paul is credited with the tambourine so he's guilty  ha2ha
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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2011, 07:55:06 AM »

Glorious is the word for this song. I just love it. Nice analysis Kevin.

many thanks  ;)
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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2011, 02:30:48 PM »

only paul is credited with the tambourine so he's guilty  ha2ha

He's the Mr. Tambourine Man! ;)
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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2011, 12:06:42 AM »

I was too busy watching the piano zebra to notice.
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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2011, 02:52:37 AM »

The rhinoelephant has six legs!!!
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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2011, 06:04:44 AM »

The rhinoelephant has six legs!!!

weird   ha2ha
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Re: Songs under a microscope......Dear Prudence
« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2011, 01:41:18 AM »

Hmmmm...

Trivia:

Though some reference books claim Paul laid down a flugelhorn part, this is in fact a misrepresentation of George's "dirty" Les Paul fills in the center channel.
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