Re: Opening Chord-A Hard Day’s Night
Posted by **Beatles Fan Robert** on Aug 23, 2017 at 10:20:27 AM:
In Reply to: Opening Chord-A Hard Day’s Night posted by **backbeat** on Aug 23, 2017 at 9:31:08 AM:
*Guitarist Randy Bachman Demystifies the Opening Chord of The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night”
*You could call it the magical mystery chord. The opening clang of the Beatles' 1964 hit, "A Hard Day's Night," is one of the most famous and distinctive sounds in rock and roll history, and yet for a long time no one could quite figure out what it was.
*In this fascinating clip from the CBC radio show, Randy's Vinyl Tap, the legendary Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist Randy Bachman unravels the mystery. The segment (which comes to us via singer-songwriter Mick Dalla-Vee) is from a special live performance, "Guitarology 101," taped in front of an audience at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto back in January, 2010. As journalist Matthew McAndrew wrote, "the two-and-a-half hour event was as much an educational experience as it was a rock'n'roll concert."
*One highlight of the show was Bachman's telling of his visit the previous year with Giles Martin, son of Beatles' producer George Martin, at Abbey Road Studios. The younger Martin, who is now the official custodian of all the Beatles' recordings, told Bachman he could listen to anything he wanted from the massive archive--anything at all.
*Bachman chose to hear each track from the opening of "A Hard Day's Night." As it turns out, the sound is actually a combination of chords played simultaneously by George Harrison and John Lennon, along with a bass note by Paul McCartney. Bachman breaks it all down in an entertaining way in the audio clip above.
Speaking of opening cords, the one for I Feel Fine was ground breaking. It happened quite by accident, they liked it, and it stayed. I believe it was the first time anyone ever used feed back - it is sheer genius. Then again,the Beatles were a gift from god, and they were one of a kind. No one like them had happened before they burst on the scene, and so far no one else has come along. That is why their music continues to resonate with so many people. I would not compare them to any of the post renaissance composers that Bach, Brahms and Beethoven, but they are in a class of their own. The Stones came close, very briefly, and there have been some isolated instances like Elvis Costello, The Who, Kinks, The Police (Sting), Michael Jackson, Brian Wilson, but really no one else quite as ground breaking as them. Unfortunately all their innovations went into the dust bin of history, since what we have had since are a bunch of has-beens and pretenders. And personally I don't see ANYONE else coming along.
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