The Beatles -- ‘Not A Second Time’

Not A Second Time (2.09)

John Lennon: Double-tracked lead vocal, acoustic guitar; Paul McCartney: Bass guitar; George Harrison: Acoustic guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums; Piano: George Martin

This song earned The Beatles their very first serious review in the broadsheets when William Mann of The Times opined: “Harmonic interest is typical of their quicker songs, and one gets the impression that they think simultaneously of harmony and melody, so firmly are the major tonic sevenths and ninths built into their tunes, the flat-submediant key-switches, and the Aeolian cadence at the end of ‘Not A Second Time’.” He then went on to compare it to Gustav Mahler’s ‘Song Of The Earth’.

John took one look at the review and said “I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about.”

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