Wednesday, August 10, 2011

THE ROCK SONG OF THE DAY IS: THE BEATLES - HERE COMES THE SUN

Abbey Road
"Here Comes the Sun" is a song by George Harrison from The Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road.

It is regarded as one of the most popular Beatles songs, and upon being released to iTunes in 2010, charted at #64, higher than all but one ("Twist and Shout" at #48) of their chart entries at that time. Harrison, McCartney and Starr recorded the rhythm track in 13 takes on 7 July 1969. John Lennon did not contribute to the song as he was recovering from a car crash. Towards the end of the session Harrison spent an hour re-recording his acoustic guitar part. He capoed his guitar on the 7th fret, resulting in the final key of A major (in fact, slightly above A major due to the track being varispeeded by less than a semitone).

He also used the same technique on his 1965 song "If I Needed Someone," which shares a similar melodic pattern. The following day he taped his lead vocals, and he and McCartney recorded their backing vocals twice to give a fuller sound. A harmonium and handclaps were added on the 16th of July. Harrison added an electric guitar run through a Leslie speaker on 6 August, and the orchestral parts were added on 15 August. "Here Comes the Sun" was completed four days later with the addition of Harrison's Moog synthesizer part.

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