“It Won't Be Long” by The Beatles*

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

  1. EdogawaRampo

    EdogawaRampo Senior Member

    I never fail to be fascinated by the sound of the guitars, but as to the subconscious connection, I've seen lots of analyses over the years. One had the rising pattern in "I can't hide, I can't hide, I can't hide" somehow back-brain signaling climaxing in listeners, especially the younger ones just discovering themselves. Certainly when you see vids of how the girls reacted -- frantically jumping up and down and the like -- you might think there's something to it. I don't have enough of background in psychology know whether there's something to that or whether it's just BS. I do remember reading a magazine interview with Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) from late 1964 where he said something like 'yes, there is absolutely a psycho-sexual release associated with rock records with heavy beats."

    What I will say, and it's something I've repeated often when the topic turns to IWTHYH is the interviews I read with people who were teen who heard it in late 1963 / early 1964 -- it absolutely was a turning point. Most said what you'd expect -- "fresh", "exciting", "sounded like nothing else at the time", but the comment that always stuck with me was from one woman who said "it sounded like the future."


    Far be it for me to understand a lot the mimed appearances from the era. I guess what guitars were used didn't make much difference to anyone as long as there were guitars. I've seen mimed vids where a full drum set on the recording being played was reduced to the drummer standing behind a single snare which the drummer embarrassingly tapped for the mime performance. And scores of electric leads pretend played on acoustics.
     
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  2. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

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    Still made more sense than being given a saw to cut up a portion of the set during the performance.
     
  3. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

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    The U.K. Album ends with Money. MTB ends with Not A Second Time.
     
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  4. JDeanB

    JDeanB Forum Resident

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    This thread (and your post) inspired me to pull out the Meet The Beatles (cd version) this afternoon. When you complete the first side with "All I've Gotta Do" and "All My Loving", there's no wonder that album took the US by storm.
     
  5. Michael Macrone

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    Score 1 for Meet the Beatles.
     
  6. AFOS

    AFOS Forum Resident

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    The Beatles almost always had great opening and closing tracks. "It Won't Be Long" / "Money" is a killer combo
     
  7. RubenH

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    Nice take from the performance standpoint; by the way, do you have vids available?
     
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  8. nikh33

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    Strange decision. John used the Gibson again on TV in 1964 miming to She's a Woman on Ready Steady Go and Rock and Roll Music and She's a Woman on Thank Your Lucky Stars, too. Odd choice. I Want to Hold Your Hand and She's a Woman were both definitely recorded with a Rickenbacker 325 (although not the same one). On the other hand, they never appeared on TV miming to She Loves You with the Gibson even though that's what John played on the record. If only Mal was still with us.
     
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  9. ODIrony

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    Maybe they just thought the acoustics looked less silly than to be standing there with electric guitars with no cables attached?
     
  10. EdogawaRampo

    EdogawaRampo Senior Member

    That might make sense had they not filmed lots more mime performance with unplugged electrics in the years that followed.
     
  11. Zack

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    The track was followed by All I Got To Do on both the US Meet the Beatles and the UK With the Beatles. Agree 100% the sequence is burned into the brain. You must be thinking of one of those two because it wasn't on the Red album.
     
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  12. As great an opener as ' I Saw Her Standing There ' was on the debut album , ' It Won't Be Long ' explodes as the introduction to ' With The Beatles '.
    Everything is amped up here and revving to go , damn the torpedoes and full speed ( prellies? ) ahead , take no prisoners.
    Yeah! ( Yeah ! ).
     
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  13. abzach

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    Great song!
     
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  14. Rfreeman

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    Got a lot of video shot of our event. 6 cameras shooting me doing 28 songs with 19 people. Haven't even got the footage from the videographer yet but I did post (may not stay up long) as a promo for 2 other gigs yesterday- a clip that an audience member took of part of our performance of I Want You (I am guitar/vocals).

    It's currently the top post at facebook.com/JoyRobBeagles

    This might get you directly there - but linking to facebook videos seems to be a little weird Log into Facebook | Facebook
     
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  15. nikh33

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    Both Helter Skelter and It Won't Be Long have Eddie Cochran -inspired licks in origin- think "C'mon Everybody".
     
  16. DK Pete

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    You read my mind.
     
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  17. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

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    Agreed...id say Capitol did it right with with Hold Your Hand and Not A Second a Time as well.
     
  18. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

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    Yup...same with I Feel Fine.
     
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  19. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

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    Unfortunately, even The Beatles let "authenticity" fall by the wayside at times.
     
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  20. SJB

    SJB Beloved Parasitic Nuisance

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    It definitely became a joke after a while. Watch the black-and-white promos from the marathon Twickenham shoot in 1965 (released on the 1 DVD/Blu-ray). In "Ticket to Ride," John misses a "yeah" and then mimes a "yeah" directly into the camera, a beat too late. In "I Feel Fine," George fluffs a lyric and then, with a grin, feigns gibberish with exaggerated mouth movements. And there's the infamous "I Feel Fried" outtake where the boys are just trying to eat their fish and chips in peace, occasionally half-heartedly miming a line here and there.
     
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  21. nikh33

    nikh33 Forum Resident

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    I Feel Fine is a different case- John recorded it on the Gibson and all of the mimed and live appearances on TV and in concert he did play the Gibson, from December 64 through July 65. In August through December 65 he switched to the Rick 325 and in May through August 66 to the Epiphone Casino, so that song has a curious presentation history all it's own.
     
  22. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing

    I do have the Capitol stereo too...thanks. I'll compare. :righton:
     
  23. Vinyl Socks

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    I meant, those compilations, specifically...and the albums we had in the house along with those. I got the brain burn in '87, too, with the CDs. So that song is in there ;)
    Neil Young's Decade is like that for me, too...
     
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  24. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    cool...my fav of course.
     
  25. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly 1964-73 rock's best decade

    I believe this is the best early Beatles song that wasn't a single anywhere. The song has every thing a perfect hit single should have. It is catchy as heck, enthusiastic, filled with hooks galore, and clever as heck with the "be long"/"belong" wordplay.
     

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