And I Love Her - The Beatles

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"And I Love Her" - The Beatles (1964)

McCartney said of "And I Love Her that it was “the first ballad that I impressed myself with" even though he would later confess to being embarrassed by the simplicity of the song’s lyrics.

It gave McCartney the status of an accomplished balladeer composer. Paul always intended this to be a ballad. He felt that all of their albums, regardless of how "rock-and-roll" they were, should have at least one ballad "to enrich the show."

In 2011 McCartney said of George’s contribution to the song:

I brought in pretty much a finished song but George came up with the opening riff- do-do-do-do  which became very much a key part of the song.That, to me, made a stunning difference to the song.”

The title is said only in the second verse- and only once. McCartney thought it was clever that the title started in mid-sentence. With its simple metaphors of bright stars and dark sky, it captures that special moment in a private place where only two can meet.

This was the first Beatles recording using purely acoustic instruments. The resonance on the acoustic in this song (most profecient in the intro) makes it sound like a flamenco guitar. What is interesting is that the song actually changes key mid song and you don't even notice it as the transition is so smooth.

The song is awash in the mystery of romantic love- created mainly from the rhythmic intensity of Ringo’s bongos. The conspicuously sparse backing track contains acoustic lead and rhythm guitars, and bass. Paul's lead vocal is double tracked throughout. There are no backing voices, and the Latin-flavored accompanient of claves, bongos, and acoustic guitars is balanced by the dryness of McCartney’s vocal delivery.

Beatle scholar Jonathan Gould says of George Harrison’s guitar solo on the track:

“Previously, when he performed an extended solo- as oposed to the run, licks, and other embellishments that formed his principal contibution to the Beatles arrangements- his playing on this song tended to have more to do with the mechanics of the guitar than the particulars of the song. Producer George Martin encouraged him to rely more on his ear than on his hands by keying off the melody and focusing his attention on the phrasing and timbre of his lines. Now equipped with his Rickenbacker twelve-string electric guitar, these piercing “attack” and dense, piano-like overtones would provide his lead playing with a powerful new presence on record."

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