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HEY JUDE

The Beatles

 

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4.27 | 35 ratings

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Matthew T
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5 stars August 1968 and the world said wow what a tune. Running at over 7 minutes, composed by Paul McCartney. The flip was the same standard believe it or not and that was Revolution which was composed by John Lennon. Both of these songs were done while The White album was recorded and not included but only released as a single.

Revolution was the 2nd version and by far the best and yet it was John who objected to having it speed up. The rest of the band thought Revolution 1 was too slow. The guitar distortion used must be the one of the greatest moments in rock as any fan knows. Nicky Hopkins played electric piano as well.

The song Hey Jude would have to be the pinnacle of songwriting for any song writer and will always be considered one of the greatest songs composed. Twenty five takes all up but most were demos. Also how do you fit 7 minutes plus on to a single without losing volume and quality with the compression of the grooves. Well they did keep the volume and quality but the limitations were used on the coda( Na na na) and the single has a slow decline in volume or fadeout.

Number one everywhere with figures of over 50 weeks in the charts in some countries but it was 31 in the UK and 33 in the US .Sold many a million copies and for good reason. One other note the single is noted as being issued on Apple but here in Australia it is was originally released on Parlophone and the label was not changed to Apple after the first print was sold out.

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Matthew T | 5/5 |

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