My affinity for the Beatles’ harmonies is no secret at this point, and “Because” is one of the most stunning examples on record. John, Paul, and George blend together so beautifully here, and major kudos to whoever decided to include an a capella rendition on Anthology 3, because it allows listeners to appreciate their incredible vocals absent of the unsettling, sparse instrumentation found on Abbey Road. It truly transforms the lyrics from ominous to optimistic.
That said, I don’t dislike the original version by any means. It’s kind of creepy but also calming. Despite John Lennon’s claim that “Because” is merely the chord structure of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” played backwards, a cursory listen proves that it was inspiration, not plagiarism. Kind of like how the movie I wrote that starts with Hans Gruber leaping up to grab John McClane’s wife’s watch and ends with John going to a fun Christmas party is a homage to Die Hard, not “blatant theft” as 20th Century Fox’s lawyers put it.