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3.62 | 20 ratings | 1 reviews | 45% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1966

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Paperback Writer (2:18)
2. Rain (3:02)

Total Time 5:20

Line-up / Musicians

- John Lennon / guitar, vocals
- George Harrison / guitar, vocals
- Paul McCartney / bass, vocals
- Ringo Starr / drums

Releases information

Label Parlophone, UK
Catalogue No. R 5452
Country of Origin England
Recording Details 2 Takes on 13 April 1966
Release Date 10th June 1966
U.K. Chart Detail :
Entry Date : 16th June 1966
Highest Position : 1 ... for 2 weeks from 23rd June
Weeks in Chart : 11 Weeks

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THE BEATLES Paperback Writer ratings distribution

(20 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(45%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(35%)
Good, but non-essential (15%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Guillermo
3 stars By 1965 the music by The Beatles became increasingly more interesting and complex. From 1963 to 1965 they released two albums of new music per year plus some extra tracks which were not released in the albums but in singles. But by 1966 they became tired of all this hard work, which also included doing several tours and making two films, and also writting (in the case of Lennon and McCartney) some songs for other artists to record. So, in 1966 they released only one new album ("Revolver") and this single with two tracks which were not included in that album. By the end of 1966 they released a compilation called "A Collection of Oldies...but Goldies" and they have toured for the last time in their career.

"Paperback Writter", mainly composed by McCartney, has very good lead and backing vocals which were overdubbed several times making them hard to sing in concert. Despite this, the band played this song during their last tours in 1966, and also during their last concert at the Candlestick Park in San Francisco in August 1966. During the nineties McCartney played the song in some of his solo tours with the help of some modern technology to reproduce well the vocals arrangements, doing a very good job.

"Rain", mainly composed by Lennon, is a more interesting song with very good guitars in sound and also very good but less complicated vocals arrangements. It also includes at the end of the song a lead vocal which was recorded backwards. This recording technique was very useful and exciting for them in those years and they used it in several other songs.

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