The Night Before

“The Night Before” is a Beatles’ song on their 1965 album, Help! It also features in the film of the same name.

In Detail

Album

Publisher: Northern Songs
Release Date: 6th August, 1965 (UK), 13th August, 1965 (US)
Recorded: 17 February, 1965
Studio: EMI Studios, London
Genre: Pop rock
Track Duration: 2:33
Record Label: Parlophone
Songwriter: Lennon-McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

Performers

The Night Before is a Beatles' song from their 1965 album, Help!
Help! Album (1965)

Paul McCartney: double-tracked lead vocals, bass, lead guitar
John Lennon: electric piano, harmony vocals
George Harrison: rhythm guitar, lead guitar, harmony vocals
Ringo Starr: drums, maracas

Track Source

Help!

The Night Before

“That’s Paul again. I’ll just say it’s Paul, meaning I don’t remember anything about it except it was in the movie Help!”

John Lennon
All We Are Saying, David Sheff

Within the song there is a call and response structure where the second line is heard as a direct response to the first. Paul McCartney sings the lead vocal call while John Lennon and George Harrison sing in harmony in response.

McCartney: “We said our goodbyes”
Lennon/Harrison: “Ahhh, the night before …”
McCartney: “Love was in your eyes”
Lennon/Harrison: “Ahhh, the night before …”

“The Night Before” is a typical Beatles’ song from this period which includes their trademark harmonies. We also get to see the Fab Four sing this song in the film, Help! This is while they are still the target of the eastern cult trying to get the ring from Ringo’s finger. In this part of the film they record the song Salisbury Plain, in the shadow of Stonehenge, while having the protection of the British Army!

Meanwhile, underground lurks danger in the form of an explosive plot. Moreover, the gang members underground are listening to The Beatles’ “She’s A Woman“. Once they play the last note of “The Night Before”, the explosion occurs and The Beatles have to flee again. This is one of only a handful of Beatles’ films and so, to Beatlemaniacs, it’s a classic!

Recording Studio

On the 17th February, 1965, during the 2.00pm-7.00pm session at the EMI Studios in London, The Beatles began recording the song. After only two takes, the band managed a good rhythm track to which they overdubbed the vocals, lead guitar and the maracas.

John Lennon’s Hohner Pianet electric piano part is prominent throughout the song. Meanwhile, George Harrison played his trusty Gretsch Tennessean guitar. When speaking about the guitar solos, John Lennon remembers that Harrison and McCartney played “the same break exactly, both playing but in different octaves”.

Author: Bobby

I have been a Beatles fan since the early 1960s so I speak from my heart and soul. It was a pleasure to accept the role of Admin on The Beatles Forum when we left our old site. If you feel that something needs correcting with the information I provide, please contact me.

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