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Question regarding I'm Looking Through You.
Old 27th December 2010
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Question regarding I'm Looking Through You.

Any ideas regarding what was used to play the rhythmic parts on this song?

YouTube - I'm Looking Through You- The Beatles (Rubber Soul)

Sounds like slapping on someones knee or maybe a table or something. I don't have a clue.
Old 27th December 2010
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From The Beatles Bible:

"The Beatles recorded the rhythm track in one take, and later overdubbed vocals and an organ, the latter played by Ringo Starr. Ringo also created a percussive sound by tapping a box of matches with his fingers. The song was completed the following day with vocals and hand claps."

This was their third attempt at recording the song and it's the version that appears on Rubber Soul.

I don't think the Hammond part made it in the final mix.


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Old 27th December 2010
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Thanks!
Old 27th December 2010
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Originally Posted by idylldon View Post
I don't think the Hammond part made it in the final mix.
No, it's in there at the end of every chorus ("you're not the same"). Ironically, the timing's a little sloppy. (Maybe Ringo should have hit the keys with his sticks!)
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Ringo also created a percussive sound by tapping a box of matches with his fingers.
It's stuff like this that always makes me happy. So many sounds...sometimes all we need is a little more imagination.
Old 28th December 2010
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Are you sure its a Hammond and not a harmonium?
Old 28th December 2010
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From The Beatles Recording Sessions:

Quote:
10 November 1965

The rhythm track of "I'm Looking Through You" . . . was finally made in a way that pleased everybody. The vocals were superimposed the next day, 11 November. The album sleeve credits Ringo as playing Hammond organ on this song but it cannot be heard on the recording, nor is the instrument detailed on the tape box.
From another source:

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This is the only song on which Ringo plays organ, the same Vox Continental the band had begun using during the Help! sessions on "I'm Down." Ringo merely plays two chords at the end of every verse, repeated over four bars, but the mixing is such that some listeners assume George's lead filigree there is also an organ track. Careful listening and comparison to the first arrangement, however, confirms that Ringo's organ and George's lead guitar are in fact complementing each other.
I think they mean "chorus" here instead of "verse." There are definitely some organ stabs there supporting the guitar.

Does anyone have the original, slower version off of Anthology 2? I think the organ is much clearer in that one.

The plot thickens.

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Don
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