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14 April 2010
Funny Paper said
Ben Ramon said
I've only listened to the Badfinger version once, but I didn't like it at all in comparison to Paul's demo either. As far as I can recall it's a bit faster, and it doesn't carry any of the bass-and-piano "oomph" of the Macca version. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Come And Get It would have made a marvellous slot on Abbey Road instead of Maxwell, or alternatively would have been an even better first single for Paul to release from the McCartney album.
Also, the Badfinger singers were nowhere in Paul's league, though in their own right they're not bad.
I agree that the voice of Tom Evans was not exactly like Paul's. However, I maintain that musically, the versions are very similar. At least the producer of the song (some dude named Sir Paul something or other) insisted that it be done so. I just read in "Many Years From Now" that Paul insisted it be done note for note or else Badfinger could not have the song. I will have to go back and find the exact quote from the book, but in the meantime here is an exerpt from W-pedia:
On 2 August 1969, McCartney presented his demo to Apple band Badfinger (then called The Iveys) telling them, "Okay, it's got to be exactly like this demo." His "carrot" for the band was his offer to produce this song and two other Iveys originals for the movie The Magic Christian, since he had a contract to supply three songs for it. The band followed his instructions.
8 November 2012
I agree that the voice of Tom Evans was not exactly like Paul's. However, I maintain that musically, the versions are very similar. At least the producer of the song (some dude named Sir Paul something or other) insisted that it be done so. I just read in "Many Years From Now" that Paul insisted it be done note for note or else Badfinger could not have the song. I will have to go back and find the exact quote from the book,
I had to return my copy to the library, but the quote's available at Google Books (hopefully that link works). I didn't interpret it as Paul saying they couldn't have the song if they didn't do the same arrangement, but he did insist they keep it the same and guaranteed it would be a hit.
14 April 2010
Thanks for the link, parlance.
From the book: "Paul produced the record on 2 August at Abbey Road, making sure they followed his arrangement note for note, and sure enough it made number one in America."
It still is interesting that someone would like one version over the other even though they are practically the same. I say interesting, not in a derogatory way, but rather because not everyone hears the same songs the same way. There is another thread in this Forum that bears out that point.
1 May 2011
To be fair to Paul he was right as the song reached #7 in the US, #4 in the UK, and is a good song - tho the demo is far better.
10 June 2013
My top choices are "Whats the New Mary Jane" and "Leave My Kitten Alone" because they were both recorded on my birthday: August 14 (clearly not year, but day/month) and they're both very me hahaha. This was also the day that the radio station in Dallas (where I was born) that told people to burn their Beatles gear got stuck by lightning in 1966. I have a cool Beatles-birthday.
Other favorites are "The Fool On The Hill (Take 4) I really enjoy how stripped down it is,
the slower "Helter Skelter" is great I think.
I definitely prefer the Anthology's version of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" those bongos and acoustic guitars make the song for me and Paul's bass does some funky stuff if I'm remembering right.
The early "Got To Get You Into My Life" is pretty crazy, like that one a lot. The "somehow, some way" bit is a little weird, but I love that organ.
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