Readers tell me they find the Paul McCartney discussion very interesting, but still find it all very mysterious. Listen carefully to these two different versions of “The Night Before”, apparently with the same lead singer. Can you tell the differences? The second singer can’t hit the highest notes at all, and lacks the confidence of the first. The ‘cry’ in ‘Makes me wanna cry’ at 1 minute 50 seconds in the second is beyond his natural range, which he covers over by going into a shout. The first singer takes it on the trot, singing with no difficulty, and no shout. That’s not to say the second Paul McCartney isn’t a highly professional and capable musician, and that electric guitars and production techniques haven’t progressed by miles between 1965 and 2012. They have. But that still can’t hide the fact that these are two different singers.
The first Paul died in a car crash on Wednesday February 9th 1966.
The top video picture is from the Salisbury Plain section of the movie ‘Help’. The whole movie was about human sacrifice, and was set amidst a military background, at various times covering the stars with red gore. It was almost foretelling the tragic events that were to later befall the members of the group. The only true survivor to this day being Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey).
Earlier Tap posts on this topic