John en ik bewerkte "Rain" van the Beatles voor onze Nederlandstalige Beatle CD die binnenkort uitkomt. Hieronder kun je enkele "songfacts" over dit bijzondere nummertje lezen.( in het engels).
Ringo has said this is his best drumming on a Beatles song.
This was the first song to use a tape played backwards, which created the strange audio effect. John Lennon discovered the technique when he put the tape for "Tomorrow Never Knows" on the wrong way. He was stoned at the time, and producer George Martin had to convince him that using a backward recording for the entire song was a bad idea.
The backwards vocal at the end fade out is actually the songs first line: "When the rain comes they run and hide their heads".
This was one of the first Beatles records to feature loud, booming bass. McCartney’s bassline is extremely recognizable, in contrast to The Beatles’ older records.
This was released as the B-side of "Paperback Writer.
"The rhythm track was played fast and slowed down on tape.
Paul said that he and Ringo used to try to play together-that is, when Paul would play his bass note that was in the root of the chord, Ringo would play the bass drum adding a deep pounding emphasized bass. This was certainly the case in this song. Check out how they coincided the starts and stops in the song-perfect.
The band Oasis were originally called Rain – half in reference to this song, and half in reference to the typical Mancunian weather.
The Grateful Dead played this song during the Vince Wellnick era. One great version of this was its final appearance on June 30, 1995 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. It was the set opener, and then was followed by "Box Of Rain," "Samba in the Rain," and "Looks Like Rain."
In an interview, John Lennon said he was looking out a hotel window during a tour, and it started to rain and people on the street were literally running to get out of the rain and also shielding (hiding) their heads. That was the song’s inspiration.