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Heard this one before?

Postby JimN » 11 Apr 2024, 15:25

Driving home yesterday evening and listening to Classic FM, I heard a tune called "Old Boston" written by George Martin (yes, THAT George Martin). I was struck by how similar the A section is to a certain other tune (melody and chord sequence):

What do you think?

If you know it, let a few other people try it before posting your answer.

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Re: Heard this one before?

Postby MikeAB » 12 Apr 2024, 08:35

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Re: Heard this one before?

Postby dave robinson » 12 Apr 2024, 10:45

In a word 'Janine'
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Re: Heard this one before?

Postby JimN » 12 Apr 2024, 14:06

dave robinson wrote:In a word 'Janine'


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Re: Heard this one before?

Postby MeBHank » 13 Apr 2024, 01:09

Dammit, I can't eat anything with coconut in it at the moment...

What a lovely piece of music. Right up my street in terms of classical (although it might benefit from a larger orchestral arrangement. Yes, some definite similarities to Janine (which has long been a favourite of mine). I wonder if Peter Downes ever heard this.

There are clearer similarities between tunes, though - if not blatant musical rip-offs. The main guitar theme of Gary Moore's Still Got the Blues (1990) is a carbon copy of a certain Lionel Richie song which the Shads covered in the 1980s. Couldn't believe my ears when I heard it - I have no idea how it didn't result in a court case!

EDIT: I've just read that Moore lost a plagiarism case concerning Still Got the Blues... but because of a similarity to another song.
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Re: Heard this one before?

Postby iefje » 13 Apr 2024, 10:04

"Still Got The Blues" is very similar to "Parisienne Walkways".
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Re: Heard this one before?

Postby JimN » 13 Apr 2024, 11:22

When I was listening to Old Boston in the car, I could not think of the tune to which it was similar (in truth, there are a number of compositions which feature that sort of chord change and harmonic development, including compositions by Lalo Schifrin and Frances Lai).

One of the titles that suggested itself because of the very "mathematical", fugue-like chord changes was indeed Parisienne Walkways. When the record finished (on Classic FM), I switched off the radio in order to let my brain concentrate on what I'd heard. It was only as I reversed into the drive that the last few bars of Janine came to mind.
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Re: Heard this one before?

Postby Penelope » 16 Apr 2024, 08:02

Nothing distinctive enough for me, I have a few ideas, but no concrete ones
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Re: Heard this one before?

Postby RayL » 16 Apr 2024, 11:41

If Johann Pachebel was alive today, he'd say " ''arf a mo! That was inspired by my Canon!"
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