81 (38.4%) of The Beatles' 211 songs employ a fade. If you really want the nitty-gritty complete song-by-song list, here 'tis:
The majority of these 81 songs employ the fade in a traditional way: At the end of the track, the music gradually decreases in volume until no sound remains. But a few buck the trend and thus warrant individual consideration.
'Strawberry Fields Forever' incorporates not one but two fade outs: the first during the Coda 1 (around 3:30), then again during Coda 2 (around 4:00). Similarly, 'Helter Skelter' fades to nothing around 3:30 only to fade back in around 3:45 before Ringo's "blisters on my fingers" concludes the track.
In 'Good Morning Good Morning', the "music proper" fades to nothing around 2:30, but the animal stampede continues at full volume. Likewise, in 'You Never Give Me Your Money', the "music proper" fades to nothing around 3:50, but the sound of crickets and a wind chime continue with volume undiminished.
Finally, a few tracks use fade-ins. Excluding the "fade out and then back in" examples discussed above (in 'Strawberry' and 'Helter Skelter'), only four tracks employ a fade in:
The first leg of October's tour concludes tomorrow with a geographically appropriate location for a talk on JFK: Cape Cod, MA, where he lived.
Saturday, 8 October 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Cotuit Library, 871 Main St, Cotuit, MA
From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America
Many Beatles authors and scholars have cited John F. Kennedy's assassination on 22 November 1963 as a cause of the Beatles' sudden popularity in the United States in early 1964. Their logic: Kennedy's assassination made America sad, then the Beatles made America happy again. But this commonly accepted answer is overly simplistic. The real answer is that Kennedy's life and death inadvertently primed the nation for the Beatles' arrival and success. This 60-minute program will explain how and why.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.