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Deconstructing The Beatles

I’ve just stumbled on some YouTube gold that I’d like to share with you. These videos deconstruct some Beatles originals, allowing us to hear the individual parts in all their raw and passionate glory.

Apparently for Rock Band video game, the individual guitar, bass, drums and vocal stems were loaded into the programme. What we are hearing here on YouTube is drawn from that, so we don’t have parts for keys or other instruments.

Still, it’s a brilliant experience to listen to these. I recall years ago seeing a documentary with Sir George Martin, where he was playing back some original tapes in the Abbey Road studio. I remember feeling shocked when he pulled up the lead vocals on one track, it was just so raw and gritty.

You hear that all over these. Rough early uses of effects like delay (echo), really nasty fuzz guitars, the odd brittle falsetto in the harmonies and even John Lennon tapping his foot (or hand) to count himself back into vocal phrases.

And you hear the work that went into the tracks – fearless work.

Anyway, take a listen for yourself.

Deconstructing Revolution

Deconstructing Paperback Writer

Deconstructing Taxman

Deconstructing Dear Prudence

Deconstructing Get Back

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I craft music, photos and words in my Tokyo and Adelaide studios. I was born in Chile, have travelled through 43 countries and over the last 15 years lived in Sydney, London, Delhi, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo. This site and my book, No Missing Tools, to help people like you be more creative and solve the world’s most frustrating question, “What do you do?”

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