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nimrod:
whatever we all think, Geoff was there;

Although the overdubs to the middle section were being done separately from the main body of the song, it had already been edited into the fourtrack master, which made Richard's job of dropping in and out a bit tricky. Paul's vocal, for example, was being dropped into the same track that contained John's lead vocal, and there was a very tight drop-out point between the two--between Paul's singing"...and I went into a dream" and John's "ahhh" that starts the next section. Richard was quite paranoid about it--with good reason--and I remember him asking me to get on the talkback mic to explain the situation to Paul and ask him not to deviate from the phrasing that he had used on the guide vocal.  I was really impressed when Richard did that--I thought it showed great maturity to be proactive that way. John's vocal, after all, had such great emotion, and it also had tape echo on it.  The thought of having to do it again and re-create the atmosphere was daunting...not to mention what John's reaction would have been!  Someone's head would have been bitten off, and it most likely would have been mine.  But Paul, ever professional, did heed the warning, and he made certain to end the last word distinctly in order to give Richard sufficient time to drop out before John's vocal came back in.  Listening carefully, you can actually hear Paul slightly rush the vocal; he even adds a little "ah" to the end of the word "dream" giving it a very clipped ending.


 
Thank you Sondra

Hello Goodbye:
Yes, Geoff Emerick was there but his memory has failed him.  That was Paul's part of the song, including the ahhs.  The "little 'ah'" following the word "dream" that Geoff Emerick mentioned sounds, to me, like Paul taking a breath before he sings the ahhs.  I don't hear any "very clipped ending" at all...


THE BEATLES - A day in the life (track vocal G track instru D)


A Day in the Life (The Beatles) vocal track.


The Beatles - A Day In The Life (Mono)

nimrod:

--- Quote ---Yes, Geoff Emerick was there but his memory has failed him
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I really don't think so Baz, (Engineers don't forget their work  ;D) he wrote pages about the recording of ADITL, even mentioning minute detail like Paul adding the little 'ah' at the end of dream and leaving the little gap, and Richard being very concerned about getting crossover with John's bit......Geoff seems to me to remember it very well.

It can sound like Paul, and it can sound like John, opinion is split, but this from Geoffs book (the actual engineer) confirms who sang the ahhhhhh's

On top of that Geoffs book is very pro Paul, which is ok, but he wouldnt credit something to John, that Paul had done.

In My Life:

--- Quote from: nimrod on June 07, 2014, 11:28:45 PM ---On top of that Geoffs book is very pro Paul, which is ok, but he wouldnt credit something to John, that Paul had done.

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I don't remember the part about the ahh's (I read the book before I came here and learned about the debate) but I do remember the Paul bias. It was very obvious. He basically acted like he barely knew John.

Hello Goodbye:

--- Quote from: nimrod on June 07, 2014, 11:28:45 PM ---(Engineers don't forget their work  ;D)

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Well, this one evidently did.  Here's Take 1.  Paul forgets to sing the ahhs...


The Beatles - A Day In The Life (Take 1 w/ Narration)

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