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."
“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.”
“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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