RICKY FOREVER, HOFNER FOR NEVER:

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  1. henry_the_horse says:

    13th April 1966, EMI Studio Three, session for “Paperback Writer”. They are rehearsing the recording of track 2: vocals and bass. Later they would try: vocals, lead guitar, bass. A pair of U47, a Continental organ, and tablas in the background.

    Regards.

  2. Kwai Chang says:

    thanks, henry!!!
    Was the Ricky used on Rain also?

  3. Kwai Chang says:

    also, did they ever use Studio 1???
    I never realized how huge that place is…
    thank you

  4. henry_the_horse says:

    Kwai Chang,
    Indeed. The Rickenbacker 4001S was also used on “Rain”.

    They used EMI Studio One, for recording, on various ocasions: “All You Need Is Love” BBC broadcast with simultaneous orchestra, bass, snare drum, tambourine, lead vocal and lead guitar overdubbing. “The Inner Light” vocals overdub. “Good Night” ochestra recording, “Something”, “Here Comes the Sun” and “Golden Slumbers” orchestra overdubbing. For mixing, Studio One was used for the early 4-track songs: “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “A Hard Day’s Night” singles, A Hard Day’s Night LP.

    Regards.

  5. Leah says:

    My birthday! Only 23 years earlier..

  6. Since 1963 says:

    Listen to this isolated Rain bass line played beautifully on a Ricky. Someone said Paul “invented” rock bass. This is a great example of his melodic bass playing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f7D2_jUkqA

  7. Don Percy says:

    Nice link – thanks Since 1963!

  8. Kwai Chang says:

    @Since1963…
    that’s smooooooooooooooooooth stufff…
    (no wonder women were putty in his hands…I can say no more)

  9. Kwai Chang says:

    Damn me!!!
    HENRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I’m sorry, brother…
    I’ve been in the garden…
    so the first came last and versa-vice…
    I am grateful…
    (henry, were the Rockband game ‘mixes’ made via computer program…
    …or were the grandmaster tapes indulged???
    If that is software, that is just far-out stuff…
    I think multi-track session tapes were sourced…
    Any consideration is MUCH appreciated…

  10. henry_the_horse says:

    The RockBand 10-track mixes were sourced from the multi-track tapes using CEDAR Retouch. Usually, 4-track tapes were extended to 5-tracks, and 8-track tapes were downmixed to 5-tracks. There are four Sgt. Pepper songs that were out there before RockBand and these are true 4-track .

    Regards.

  11. henry_the_horse says:

    Appologies for the mistake. The photograph is from 14th April 1966, by Leslie Bryce, published on The Beatles Monthly Book.

    Regards.

  12. Kwai Chang says:

    henry…
    I’m loving that!!!
    Thank you!
    (will we ever get to hear 29.5 minute helter skelter???)

  13. Julio Serra says:

    Henry-the-Horse did his homework. He details everything and I really like it because it’s serious information. I wonder if he’s friends of Mark Lewishon.

  14. Since 1963 says:

    @Julio Serra

    Rumors inside my head says Henry IS Mark. :)

  15. C3BlueNote says:

    Actually, what is interesting is how much Paul was listening to other bass players of the era. James Jameson and Brian Wilson were just two. He worked very hard at his bass playing and gave it a lot of thought beforehand. During the 66-69 period he was laying down the bass after the fact of the completion of the songs, because he wanted it to fit just so. Geoff Emerick goes into great detail about Paul’s playing in his book, Here, There and Everywhere. That’s why his bass is heads above the rest. He has always been a consummate professional. Just my two cents.

  16. Kwai Chang says:

    well, whatever it was…
    this here picture IS the defining moment for all this BASS!!!
    Paul’s bass playing has fully germinated, branched out…
    and was now ready to start flowering…
    this dude knew his way around the fretboard
    (from here through abbey road sessions) nobody has ever displayed the growth and mastery of a medium in terms of melodic lines and interwoven and contrasting sub-melodies that overlap as a tapestry of beautiful hypnotic subconscious fabric that is accessible to all at ANY level…
    the word “genius” absolutely insufficient…
    nobody could touch him…
    A day in the life is heaven
    come together is simplicity doubled back as haiku or something…silence as bass line…swampy and humid like molasses…words fail
    just know that he was holding back so as to not leave us all behind…
    that searing lead on taxman…just gravy…
    probably one take…
    if the truth were known…paul himself in disbelief over this display of pure formidability…how old is he here? 23? 24? ha ha ha ha
    to this day…better bass playing has not occured
    frere jacques…indeed
    HtH = GE
    ACaaRaaRaaR = ML
    based on respective fortes…subjective hunch y nada mas

  17. Since 1963 says:

    @Kwai

    A Car? Really? Well, the voices in my head are sometimes wrong, but rumors are rumors, and… What was I talking about?

  18. Kwai Chang says:

    @Since 1963…
    I’m just guessing…but two seperate sources…
    henry is technical with dates
    a car is the where and when…w/o tech notes
    (I really don’t want to know who’s who…I just want them to stay with us)
    I’ve never seen ANYONE come close on the response time…
    and (for once)…the accuracy is always implied and GUARANTEED!!!
    Thanks, henry…thanks, car

  19. henry_the_horse says:

    Thank you for your kind words, Kwai Chang.

    Best regards.

  20. Kwai Chang says:

    henry,
    the pleasure is mine…
    contact Tammy, if you’re ever in L.A. and become bored…
    you’ve got a friend there…
    (ditto for A Car…and all fans)
    if Tammy wouldn’t mind letting me know…
    Peace, Beatle People!!!

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