22 December 2013
I think that the song is FAB, when you compare Ringo & George's first songs respectively ('Don't Pass Me By'/'Don't Bother Me' to John & Paul's ('Hello Little Girl'/'I Lost My Little Girl', I'd say that Ringo & George easily showed more potential! An interesting tidbit on 'Don't Pass Me By' is that you actually get a brief preview of it during a 1964 interview which was included on a not very well known 'The Beatles Talk Down Under' L.P. which was released here in Canada in the 1980's. If you're lucky to find it, it's an excellent document of their 1964 Tour of Hong Kong, Australia & New Zealand. During one of the interviews with Ringo after he re-joins the band down under, he's asked about whether or not he's going to write some songs, he begins to tell the interviewer about one that he's working on before Paul interrupts and starts to recite "Don't Pass Me By, Don't Make Me Cry, Don't Make Me Blue..., Oh Baby, I Love You, do do do do do..."...:-)
1 May 2011
There is a bit of Don't Pass Me By which Paul tosses out on the BBC radio show Top Gear, broadcast on the 16th July 1964. I havent heard 'The Beatles Talk Down Under' LP but i'd hazard a guess that its taken from that and misidentified.
Was always a heavy fan of DPMB as i love that honky tonky country hoe down sound and the violin playing is so good, recently i've grown less loving of it but i think that is thru years of over-play. The lyrics are basic but fun, a good first beatles song and my favourite of the ones offered out of tracks like Love Me Do (first Lennon/McCartney released song), I've Lost My Little Girl, Hello Little Girl, Don't Bother Me.
There is a really cool uncut version of DBMY with the first verse repeated after the first violin solo and Ringo's count-in - and it has the bonus of the sound of a door being knocked right after "listen for your knock dear" which isn't in it the first time. It would have edited out for length but thankfully was given to Peter Sellers, on a tape with a handful of early White Album mixes, by Ringo - know known as The Peter Seller's Tape. I actually prefer the uncut version to the one on the LP.
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22 December 2013
Yeah, that BBC Broadcast is the same interview from what I remember of the 'Talk Down Under' album, there is some audio from England on that album and I may very well have remembered it wrong when I said earlier that it was "after he re-joins the band down under" (from his hospital stay). That version of 'Don't Pass Me By' from the Peter Sellers tape is the best one that I've heard (comparing it to the 'White Album', 'Rarities', & 'Anthology 3' versions). It took them 4 years to finally get around to recording Ringo's first song, perhaps this is what Ringo was referring to during his 'Anthology' interview where he says "I'm a slow writer"...:-)
1 May 2011
It was a common practise back then for album compilers to take whatever they could, shove it on and then what say it was regardless of being correct or not so maybe that's what happened.
Weren't John, Paul and George laughing their heads off whenever Ringo came in with a new song as he had rewritten some old country standard so maybe it took that long for Ringo to write words that wouldn't have resulted in the first lawsuit against one of the four.
Ringo wrote something like 2 words in What Goes On, this, and half of Octopus's Garden (George deserved a co-credit for all he helped with it). Not too bad an output - until you realise that's over a 7 year period. Still 3 good songs, well 1.51 if going by actual lyrical contribution.
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