The Night Before - The Beatles
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"The Night Before" - The Beatles (1965)
“The Night Before” is one of The Beatles’ more underrated compositions.
A light, romantic pop song balanced with a strong bluesy foreground, it describes the troubles couples have in relationships.
Walter Everett says that the track is also distinguished by the Hohner Pianet- an electronic piano that amplified vibrating reeds. Both Paul and John play on the track. McCartney would comment:
“That sound was one of the best we had got on record.”
Everett describes how Lennon turned a knob to saturate the keyboard with maximum tremolo. This was in contrast against the new sort of guitar/piano dialogue heard in the instrumental break.
Commenting on the vocal arrangements, Beatle scholar Alan Pollack points out that what appears at first as a garden variety call-and-response pattern, actually turns out to be a single thread vocal line shared, between the double-tracked soloist (Paul) and the backers.
The track features an early example of how Ringo’s drumming can set the tone for a track.
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