The Night Before (song)

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"The Night Before"
The Night Before - The Beatles.jpg
The Japanese single release of the song, backed with "Another Girl"
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"
The Night Before - The Beatles.jpg
The Japanese single release of the song, backed with "Another Girl"
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. However, Lennon said in a 1965 interview that it was Harrison and McCartney playing the guitar solo together, albeit in different octaves.

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 both he and McCartney played it on the record, according to Lennon.[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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