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Sondra

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Favorite Background Vocals
« on: January 22, 2006, 10:38:24 PM »

I guess when you've listened to the Beatles for a 100 years you start noticing stuff like this. Anyway, I've been noticing that there are some background vocals/harmonies in songs that I really think are cool. Anyone else notice things like this and have a favorite or two? Here's some I like:

You Won't See Me-the ooh, la la la's
Nowhere Man-Similiar background vocals to You Won't See Me-Ohh, la la's
The Ballad of John and Yoko-Paul's vocals at the ending. So cool.
Happiness is a Warm Gun-Happiness...bang bang shoot shoot...ooooo ohhh yeah.
We Can Work it Out-John's background vocals
Hello Goodbye-the Hello Goodbye Hello Goodbyes and but I may mean no etc.
Your Mother Should Know-I love the harmonies.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps-Paul's backing and his oooo ooo at the end. It complements George's ohh ohh's so well.
Don't Let Me Down-Paul's bacground vocals
Dig a Pony-Paul again. His voice just sound so cool.
I'm Only Sleeping-Paul's high parts basically


I didn't mean to pick a lot of Paul, but that's just what strikes me for some reason. I have more but can't think of them right now.
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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2006, 10:48:17 PM »

They have got such a great stuff (more than 200 songs, y'know!) ... and they loved harmonies (girls groups from early 60s and Motown, of course) ... so they learned first and became masters later ...

Their hidden treasure, for those of us who have listened to their songs so many times, (at least it is so in my case) is backing vocals and harmonies: masters.  8)

There are tons of examples (too many for me to collect them here right now, but the ones you've posted are some of the best ones) ... specially from late 1963 till 1966 (Guymania) more or less. There are some songs with great moments in 1967 and 1968 but the less.
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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2006, 11:17:59 PM »

Theres loads. Plenty of harmonies i have sung too!!!

Back In The USSR
It's Getting Better are 2 i think of as i write this before i really do just sign off for bed.


Infact....just before I go to bed I'm gonna give up...It's almost every song. lol
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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2006, 11:42:54 PM »

"OHHHHHH HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?? TIIIILLLLL SHE SEES THE MISTAKE SHE HAS MADE..." Pauls high harmony in Babys in Black and likewise on Theres a Place "and its my mmiiiiiNNNNDDDD... and thers no tiiimmmMMMMEE!"
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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2006, 12:46:38 AM »

^OMG! How could I have forgotten that one. I particularly like the Shea Stadium version. Which is why I must have rewound it a million times just to hear Paul do the OH HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE!!! part. Awesome.
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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2006, 10:59:58 PM »

and of course theres: I saw the liiiight! from No Reply and that middle 8 - Id realiiiseee that I love you more ... than AN-Y OTH-ER GUY!
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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2006, 04:53:45 PM »

Definatley, You Wont See Me and Nowhere Man. George is the best at the la la la's :D
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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2006, 04:58:27 PM »

I love the vocals on Mr Postman. So much energy. Perfect.
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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2006, 03:21:52 AM »

"Because" is the obvious answer isnt it?

(well, I realize they triple tracked the voices, but still)

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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2006, 07:14:35 PM »

you wont see me! becasue..
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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2006, 04:19:59 PM »

Hello Goodbye-when George sings 'Hellogoodbyehellogoodbye'
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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2006, 04:21:50 PM »

Quote from: Mean_Mr_Mustard
Definatley, You Wont See Me and Nowhere Man. George is the best at the la la la's :D

Definately he IS!(kiss2)
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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2006, 12:33:06 PM »

The "aaaaaahs" in A Day In The Life sung by.... no, I wont even go there!!! ;D

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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2006, 02:44:24 PM »

Frere Jacques background vocal to Paperback Writer
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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2006, 06:11:57 PM »

Welcome to the forums, Hello Goodbye. I'm sure you're going to enjoy them ...  :)

By the way, any of Rubber Soul ...

While My Guitar Gently Weeps' oohs ...
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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2006, 06:13:09 PM »

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The "aaaaaahs" in A Day In The Life sung by.... no, I wont even go there!!! ;D


It was a sample ... the audience of the begining, y'know!  :P  ;D
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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2006, 06:57:26 AM »

i love anything paul harmonizes on...he compliments any george song and helps john to seem better too....he does himself justice too....double tracking ways...

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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2006, 06:57:53 AM »

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Welcome to the forums, Hello Goodbye. I'm sure you're going to enjoy them ...  :)


Thank you for the warm welcome, raxo.  I know I will.
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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2006, 01:31:04 AM »

Hello Goodbye, Paperback Writer, A Day in the Life, You Won't See Me, Happiness Is A Warm Gun are some of my favorites.
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Re: Favorite Background Vocals
« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2006, 12:05:21 PM »

How about the "yeah, yeah boys..." from Boys? Great harmonies there!! :)

Love that track, even though the tempo is a little off - it gets slower and slower!
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