George Harrison, "You"

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by DK Pete, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Levittown. NY
    While I think this is pretty good song, I was always annoyed at the sped up lead vocal; does anyone have any links which have the vocal speed-corrected ?
  2. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Senior Member

    Was the vocal sped up? Or was it that George had to sing in a higher key because he used the same backing track of the song that he arranged for Ronnie Spector to do?
  3. Marry a Carrot

    Marry a Carrot Senior Member

    Los Angeles
    Does anyone have a speed-corrected version of Paul Robeson singing “Ol’ Man River” in the original falsetto?
  4. RayS

    RayS Paying attention like a rattlesnake does

    You want mono, stereo, or duophonic? Which pressing plant you interested in?
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  5. HoundsOBurkittsville

    HoundsOBurkittsville Deep Wine List Sonic Equivalency

    Columbus, Ohio
    Don't think George's vocal is sped up, and regardless, I love "You." :love:
  6. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Senior Member

    Oh you hound .. . :love::love::love::love::love::love::love::love::love::love::love:

  7. lavalamp3

    lavalamp3 Forum Resident

    I think George's lead vocal is sped up a little, but yes, the track was probably recorded in a key too high for his own vocal range. This is because George originally recorded 'You' for Ronnie Spector to sing.

    George loved the backing track so much that he later decided to utilise it for his own album. He may possibly have been wiser re-recording the track in a lower key, but I think it's a nice track nevertheless.
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  8. JDeanB

    JDeanB Forum Resident

    Charlotte, NC USA
    Too bad Ronnie did not finish it and release it as her first Apple single. Try Some Buy Some was doomed.
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  9. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member

    I suspect that George played the backing track at a slower speed/lower pitch during the recording of his vocal, and then sped the whole recording back to its original pitch.

    This left the backing track as originally recorded, but had the effect of making George sound like he was on helium.

    So if you reduce the track's pitch to make George sound normal, you muddy up the backing track.
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  10. lavalamp3

    lavalamp3 Forum Resident

    Indeed. Although I always liked that George left a small part of Ronnie's signature 'ad-lib' vocals ("Wo-wo-woahh!'') in the final mix of his own version.
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  11. Clem865

    Clem865 that guy

    Wild Rose Speedway
  12. chacha

    chacha Forum Resident

    mill valley CA USA
    I think his sped up vocal sounds ridiculous. I’d rather hear Dark Hoarse.
  13. PaperbackBroadstreet

    PaperbackBroadstreet Forum Resident

    She could have had a hit with this song.

    It would take another decade with her guesting on Take me home tonight.
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  14. GuyDon

    GuyDon Forum Resident

    You can also hear her vocal from 1:57 to 2:03 and taking the final ‘You’ all by herself at 2:04.
  15. Maybe he should have let Paul sing it. :tiphat:
  16. drbryant

    drbryant Forum Resident

    I know that it was written for her, but Phil insisted on “Try Some Buy some”. I didn’t know that she recorded a vocal. Has it seen the light of day anywhere?
  17. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Levittown. NY
    Your first sentence says exactly what I'm thinking. And I agree, there's definitely a helium effect in his voice..sounds a bit "over-the-top".
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  18. GuyDon

    GuyDon Forum Resident

    Her version has never surfaced but a vocal take, even possibly a master, exists somewhere. Most likely it’s in the possession of the Harrison estate.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2017
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  19. slane

    slane Forum Resident

    I don't think that George's vocal is sped up (or not much if it is, and certainly not 'chipmunk' level). And Ronnie must have laid down a vocal as she is heard at various points (the title phrase after the solo is Ronnie IMO, not sped-up George). Ronnie is definitely heard at the end, particularly on the fade-out.
  20. BlueJay

    BlueJay Forum Resident

    There are other songs which she recorded at this time ('Tandoori Chicken', 'Lovely La-De-Day') which were supposed to find their way onto an Apple album, but the album was never finished. I've often wondered quite how many songs were recorded and to what extent they were 'finished'. Does anyone know?
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  21. GuyDon

    GuyDon Forum Resident

    There are either five or six completed tracks; the four already mentioned (Try Some Buy Some, Tandoori Chicken, You, Lovely La-De-Day), I Love Him Like I Love My Very Life and the rumored When Every Song Is Sung (I’ll Still Love You).
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  22. Marry a Carrot

    Marry a Carrot Senior Member

    Los Angeles
  23. BlueJay

    BlueJay Forum Resident

    Thanks! Obviously not enough (as far as we know) to make a full-length album. But a 5 or 6 song download ep would be better than nothing.
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  24. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Senior Member

    It seems like George gave that song away to anyone who would take it (didn't Cilla Black have a try at it too?). And then when Ringo took it and released it on the Rotogravure album, George sued him ... :crazy:
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  25. willy

    willy hooga hagga hooga


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