Tell Me What You See - The Beatles
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"Tell Me What You See" - The Beatles (1965)
“Tell Me What You See” has a very solid musical palette to work with: McCartney playing bass, electric piano and as lead vocal; George’s and his Gretsch Tennessean, a little bit of Lennon on rhythm guitar and lead vocal- and Ringo providing- as usual- the steady backbeat for the play to be able to begin and take old. Even in this very early song Ringo does what is always needed of him- to provide a backbeat so the other musicians on stage can partake of the direction of the song.
Says musicologist Tim Riley:
“Ringo’s response to the piano’s lick packs plenty of energy in the snap of his snare. The claves that perk away throughout give it a kind of lounge-act character, a domesticated banality next to the piano-drum exchange.”
Professor Steven Baur says that the dynamics and dramatic effect of the song depend largely on variations in the percussive register. Throughout the verses, as Lennon and McCartney softly recite a litany of promises, Ringo opts for a soft, tight sound.
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