The Night Before (song)

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"The Night Before"
Song by the Beatles from the album Help!
Released6 August 1965
Recorded17 February 1965,
EMI Studios, London
GenrePop rock[1]
Length2:33
LabelParlophone, Capitol, EMI
WriterLennon–McCartney
ProducerGeorge Martin
Help! track listing
 
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"The Night Before"
Song by the Beatles from the album Help!
Released6 August 1965
Recorded17 February 1965,
EMI Studios, London
GenrePop rock[1]
Length2:33
LabelParlophone, Capitol, EMI
WriterLennon–McCartney
ProducerGeorge Martin
Help! track listing

"The Night Before" is a song by the Beatles from the album and film Help!. It was written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

Composition and recording[edit]

Lennon plays a Hohner Pianet electric piano throughout the song accompanied by McCartney's ascending and descending bass lines. The song's verse has a call and response structure, McCartney's lead vocal alternating with Lennon and George Harrison's harmony, singing the chorus "Aaah, the night before . . .", the whole being alternated with a second melody. McCartney plays a guitar solo[2] on the third verse that is recapitulated in part as the coda of the song.

Film performance[edit]

The song is performed on Salisbury Plain in the second Beatles film, Help! and, just as it finishes, a bomb explodes. In the movie, the Beatles perform the song in the shadow of Stonehenge. Harrison mimes the terse, stabbing guitar solo — even though McCartney played it on the record.[3]

Live performance[edit]

McCartney played the song on 15 July 2011 at Yankee Stadium, stating from the stage that it was the first time he had performed the song in concert.[4]

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per Ian MacDonald[5]

Cover versions[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Night Before review". Allmusic.com. 
  2. ^ Miles 1997, p. 195.
  3. ^ "49 - 'The Night Before'". 100 Greatest Beatles Songs. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Mapes, J. (18 July 2011). "Paul McCartney at Yankee Stadium: 'Derek Jeter's Got More Hits Than Me'". Billboard magazine. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  5. ^ MacDonald 2005, p. 147.

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