Monkees, The Easter Egg - Ouch

Admittedly this is actually a slip-up not an egg, but there is no music section on the Slip-Up Archive.

During the fade out of "Daydream Believer" (the repeats of "cheer up Sleepy Jean"), on one of the "cheer"s someone hits a stonker of a wrong bass note - it's appaling. And great fun!

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Contributed By: Speednik Abreaction on 08-27-1999
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trafalgar writes:
Surely anyone can hear this! The bassist (Joe Osborne, I'm guessing) hits the root note by mistake, right under the word "cheer", and quickly flips back to the correct note. NOT intentional, and very noticeable. For a rally classic Joe Osborne flub, see "Monday, Monday" by the Mamas and Papas live at Monterey. Wow!
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I listened several times and the notes aren't out of key at all. I play bass and the bassist here is playing a simple bass fill that goes fine with the song. Its not a slip-up nor an egg.
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Maybe I wasn't listening close enough, but I didn't hear a slip-up anywhere when I listened to it over and over and over again...
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ramblinsid writes:
Despite the fact that the Monkees producers reputedly hired top session musicians to play on their early records, I think this is fairly obviously a slip up after trying to get back after a high descending bass run! Makes me feel a lot happier about my own playing.... :)
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It's at 2:50 in the song...my gosh, I winced when I heard it!
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Dave R writes:
I only heard it closely for the first time just now after 35 years of so-called familiarity, facing the radio and singing some harmonies, when .. BOWNGG!! I jumped on-line to see if this was a well known fact? Now, I'm convinced. The Beatles did it too. Read 'Revolution In The Head' which has copious recording notes and points out acknowledged fluffs and where to hear them. Back in the day much of the backing track was mixed live to stereo and if the take had the 'vibe', especially after a dozen or two takes, the mistakes stayed in. But often it's a production judgment just how bad or distracting they are and often they remain flawed gems, charming eccentricities or even happy discoveries!
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