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“Rain” cover
Single by The Beatles
A-side "Paperback Writer"
Released 30 May 1966 (US)
10 June 1966 (UK)
Format 7"
Recorded Abbey Road Studios: 14 April 1966
Genre Rock
Length 2:59
Label Parlophone R5452 (UK)
Capitol 5651 (US)
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"We Can Work It Out" / "Day Tripper"

"Nowhere Man"
"Eleanor Rigby" / "Yellow Submarine"
After we'd done the session on that particular song — it ended at about four or five in the morning — I went home with a tape to see what else you could do with it. And I was sort of very tired, you know, not knowing what I was doing, and I just happened to put it on my own tape recorder and it came out backwards. And I liked it better. So that's how it happened.

—John Lennon, 1966

That's me again — with the first backwards tape on record anywhere... I got home from the studio and I was stoned out of my mind on marijuana... and, as I usually do, I listened to what I'd recorded that day. Somehow it got on backwards and I sat there, transfixed, with the earphones on, with a big hash joint. I ran in the next day and said, 'I know what to do with it, I know... listen to this!' So I made them all play it backwards. The fade is me actually singing backwards with the guitars going backwards. (sings) 'Sharethsmnowthsmeanss!' That one was the gift of God... of Ja actually — the god of marijuana, right? So Ja gave me that one.

—John Lennon, 1980

My favorite piece of me is what I did on 'Rain.' I think I just played amazing. I was into the snare and hi-hat. I think it was the first time I used the trick of starting a break by hitting the hi-hat first instead of going directly to a drum off the hi-hat. I think it's the best out of all the records I've ever made. 'Rain' blows me away. It's out in left field. I know me and I know my playing... and then there's 'Rain.'.

—Ringo Starr, 1984

'Rain' also had an unusual sonic texture, deep and murky. This was accomplished by having the band play the backing track at a really fast tempo while I recorded them on a sped-up tape machine. When we slowed the tape back down to normal speed, the music played back at the desired tempo, but with a radically different tonal quality.

—Geoff Emerick, EMI Recording Engineer, Here, There and Everywhere with John Massey, 2006

It was nice. I really enjoyed that one.

—Paul McCartney, 1994

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