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"Because"

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"Because" takes us from The Sun to The Moonlight Sonata, turned on its head after John heard Yoko playing it: roll over, Beethoven!

'No bullshit, no imagery, no obscure references', said Mr Lennon: though the eloquent evocation of his headstate is typically him. Round world turns me on, blue sky makes me cry, high wind blows my mind — aaahhhh...

George H recalled how hard they had to work to learn their individual parts for the vocal, instructed by the meticulous Mr Martin. That they were all still prepared to put in such an effort to create something of such heavenly beauty when the atmosphere within the band was so hellishly ugly is truly a testament to their professionalism. Their unadorned a cappella efforts, Beethoven rolled back, can be heard on Anthology 3.

And, although not technically forming part of the ensuing Abbey Road Medley, it does serve as an immaculate preludee, even anticipating its "End".

"The Word", I'm sure, was what worked its magic:

Love is old, Love is new.
Love is old, Love is you...


More than a hint of things soon to come from Lennon here, too:

Love is real, real is Love...

Reworked — at least a lifetime later — it went on to become the overture to LOVE.

Triple-tracking their one-mike effort to give the glorious impression of nine-part Beatle harmony, GM also contributed the distinctive electric harpsichord part for the LP version, shadowed by the composer's guitars. GH once again served up the synth sounds — intuitively alternating the grand and the humble — with Paul providing the suitably restrained bassline.

All Ringo could do was to sit and watch in wonder, I guess...

...aaahhhh...

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