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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

And Your Bird Can Chime

Based on the various alternate versions I've heard of Beatles songs ("Norwegian Wood," "I'm Looking Through You," "Strawberry Fields," etc.), it seems like the group almost always made the right call -- I usually prefer the released version to the outtakes and alternate arrangements. But I wonder if the band/George Martin made a mistake with "And Your Bird Can Sing." I think this chiming Byrds-like arrangement would've been a better choice than the version released on Revolver, assuming they tightened up the vocals and guitar solo:



Though maybe the overt Byrds influence was the problem. After "If I Needed Someone" from Rubber Soul, perhaps the band was reluctant to release another Byrds-sounding track on their next album. (This version did see the light of day on the second Anthology collection, but it was marred by excessive giggling on a vocal overdub by an obviously stoned Lennon and McCartney.)

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