Sunday, January 4, 2009

"Paperback Writer": Son of "Day Tripper"

"Paperback Writer" was recorded in only ten hours on April 13 and 14, 1966 at Abbey Road Studios. Because of the somewhat fuzzy lead guitar intro, Lennon regarded the song as a "son of 'Daytripper,'" recorded approximately four months earlier (part of the healthy songwriting competition betwen Lennon and McCartney, in the same vein as "Strawberry Fields" and "Penny Lane"). "Frere Jacques" is sung as a background chorus by Harrison and Lennon.

Paul used a Rickenbacker bass, the sound of which was intensified by putting a loudspeaker in front of the bass amplifier. The bass is very prominent and is far more than just a "backing instrument" on this song.

George played a Gibson SG, and John played a Gretsh Nashville.

pic: public domain

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