The Night Before (song)
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|"The Night Before"|
|Song by the Beatles from the album Help!|
|Released||6 August 1965|
|Recorded||17 February 1965,
EMI Studios, London
|Label||Parlophone, Capitol, EMI|
|Help! track listing|
Composition and recording
Lennon plays a Hohner Pianet electric piano throughout the song accompanied by McCartney's ascending and descending bass lines. The song's verse has a call and response structure, McCartney's lead vocal alternating with Lennon and George Harrison's harmony, singing the chorus "Aaah, the night before . . .", the whole being alternated with a second melody. McCartney plays a guitar solo on the third verse that is recapitulated in part as the coda of the song.
The song is performed on Salisbury Plain in the second Beatles film, Help! and, just as it finishes, a bomb explodes. In the movie, the Beatles perform the song in the shadow of Stonehenge. Harrison mimes the terse, stabbing guitar solo — even though McCartney played it on the record.
- Paul McCartney – double-tracked vocal, bass, double-tracked lead guitar
- John Lennon – backing vocal, electric piano
- George Harrison – backing vocal, electric guitar
- Ringo Starr – drums, percussion
- Restless Heart released a cover version on their 2004 album Still Restless.
- Bulgarian pop star Lili Ivanova sang a cover version in the 1960s.
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- Miles 1997, p. 195.
- "49 - 'The Night Before'". 100 Greatest Beatles Songs. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
- Mapes, J. (18 July 2011). "Paul McCartney at Yankee Stadium: 'Derek Jeter's Got More Hits Than Me'". Billboard magazine. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- MacDonald 2005, p. 147.
- MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties (Second Revised ed.). London: Pimlico (Rand). ISBN 1-84413-828-3.
- Miles, Barry (1997). Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now. New York: Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 0-8050-5249-6.