“It Won't Be Long” by The Beatles*

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by douglas mcclenaghan, Jun 11, 2021.

  1. teag

    teag Forum Resident

    Fantastic vocal by John.
  2. segue

    segue Señor Member

    that Under Armour do-rag in that video is regrettable.

    Great song though.
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  3. 7solqs4iago

    7solqs4iago Forum Resident

    born in 66 so i missed the disappointment of the first Beatles cut played on a Canadian album being Anna (go to him)....

    IWBL rocked to get an album jumping and i much preferred the Beatlemania! album

    listening recalled as early as 1969
  4. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Senior Member

    Lawrenceville, NJ
    It predated IWTHYH
  5. zen

    zen Senior Member

  6. Vinyl Socks

    Vinyl Socks The Buzz Driver

    DuBois, PA
    For many years in my youth I could hear the exact sound of the pops and clicks on my older brother's Beatles records - when recalling them in my mind. Our memories have it all down perfect, down to the next song coming and the noise on the LPs. '62-'66 and '67-'70 track orders were burnt into my skull for years until I hit high school.
  7. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

    Boston MA
    Yeah, I think US people were more inclined to overlook it because they'd already heard "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" on the same side.
  8. ODIrony

    ODIrony Forum Resident

    Danville, VA
    It would be nice if this were the Beatles playing it. The vocals might be real, but the rhythm guitar and drums are NOT original.
  9. dsdu

    dsdu Forum Resident

    Santa Cruz, CA
  10. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    Yet another day, yet another mop top thread. Life goes on.
  11. Yovra

    Yovra Collector of Beatles Threads

    He does, but Macca does THAT octave leap in one of the last choruses!
  12. Yovra

    Yovra Collector of Beatles Threads

    I'm glad you shared your thoughts about this.
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  13. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

    A killer early Beatles song.
  14. misterdecibel

    misterdecibel Bulbous Also Tapered

    What else sounded like that in 1963?
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  15. lothianlad

    lothianlad Forum Resident

    And you here makes it complete.
  16. At the time this was recorded, nobody could touch these guys - particularly on prime Lennon rockers like this one. Incredibly sophisticated compositional and harmonic structure - particularly with those chromatic chord changes in the bridge - and the performance just explodes off the wax. This track as much as "She Loves You" or any of several others immediately put the world on notice that there was something very special going on here indeed.
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  17. elaterium

    elaterium Forum Resident

    I’m always struck by the use of ‘jazz’ chords in early Beatles songs. They may not have known what they were doing from a theoretical standpoint but their ears knew.
  18. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Senior Member

    Lawrenceville, NJ
    That leap to the falsetto B at the end of the final ooh, and holding it a few beats in 5 part harmony, was definitely the toughest part vocally for me pulling this off at our show.
  19. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    This is definitely a redone backing track..but I can swear I've seen this clip before with the complete Beatles recording being lip synched...
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  20. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    Talk about an incredible EP.
  21. Joe N

    Joe N Forum Resident

    Great song. There's a reason it's the opening track on With The Beatles. It jumps right out and grabs you. As others have pointed out, it's a pretty sophisticated composition.
  22. Folknik

    Folknik Forum Resident

    A lot going on indeed! Raucous beat, those frenetic rapid-fire "Yeahs", inventive chord progressions, a very melodic bridge, and that lush harmony at the end. Great rock'n'roll song.
  23. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    While I place I Want To Hold Your Hand at the toppermost of their earliest material, It Won't Be Long is always the very first song that comes to mind when I think of that combination of "great, fresh, powerful recording of a song brimming with positive energy and excitement." It's also my favorite earliest example of the charismatic quality John's double tracked studio voice had.
  24. Mackaveli

    Mackaveli Forum Resident

    One of the first Beatles songs I fell in love with and top 5 early Beatles cut. It's a bop
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  25. EdogawaRampo

    EdogawaRampo Senior Member

    Posts like the one you responded to remind me of this guy:

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