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A Beatles song you dislike or don't listen to alot?
28 November 2011
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I always skip Long, Long, Long when it comes on, and I have probably only listened to the whole song about twice. It's good and all, just it annoys me how quiet it is, so I don't listen to it becuase then I get mad.

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28 November 2011
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Lotta crrr-razy opinions in this thread! But that's fine; I'm sure some of you will call me crazy for disliking "Martha My Dear" (too fussy and showbiz-zy, plus the trombone irritates me) or the second half of "Hey Jude" (first half is fab; second half is just Paul showing off & should've been faded two minutes earlier, or else given the "She's So Heavy"-style sudden-death treatment.) And yeah, I've always found "Long Long Long" to be pretty unremarkable too.

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28 November 2011
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Ah well I can't think of anything else but Across The Universe. That song makes me cringe.

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Ah well I can't think of anything else but Across The Universe. That song makes me cringe.

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28 November 2011
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 double post? But anyway, that's strange. Is it because it's so slow? Personally, it's one of my favorites. But I can understand that listening to it a lot will make you annoyed. I love the poetry in it.

28 November 2011
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minime said:

 Personally, it's one of my favorites. But I can understand that listening to it a lot will make you annoyed. I love the poetry in it.

It's probably one of my favorites too. It was my friend's favorite song and she died in a car accident in June, I had the honor of playing the song at her funeral.

 

I have a bad habit of listening to a song for about a minute and then hitting the seek button, but the song I usually skip is Revolution 9 because I can't take a song over 7 minutes usually and I haven't taken the time to listen to it in it's entirety.

 

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Von Bontee said:

Lotta crrr-razy opinions in this thread! But that's fine; I'm sure some of you will call me crazy for disliking "Martha My Dear" (too fussy and showbiz-zy, plus the trombone irritates me) or the second half of "Hey Jude" (first half is fab; second half is just Paul showing off & should've been faded two minutes earlier, or else given the "She's So Heavy"-style sudden-death treatment.)

 

I have too agree on Hey Jude. Just because it was about Julian is no reason to tolerate the seemingly never-ending ending.

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28 November 2011
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AliJaggerMcCartney said:

It's probably one of my favorites too. It was my friend's favorite song and she died in a car accident in June, I had the honor of playing the song at her funeral.

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My cousin died in an accident in September, so I sort of know where you're coming from here.

I can't imagine losing a close friend like that though.

Sorry if I brought up bad memories here, I didn't mean to.

I'm glad for you that you could play something at her funeral.

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When i listen to Hey Jude i dont think of Julian ever. I love the never ending na-na-na-na's, the way the orchestra adds to the whole spirit of the recording, and Pauls scat singing. Admist the chaos and bitterness of the White Album times it has a happy vibe to it, but that could be allocated to many of the songs from that time.

I very rarely go anywhere near the Beatles Free As A Bird and Real Love. The harmonies are as good as ever but John's voice is horribly tinney especially when compared to the original demo's, i have no idea what they and Jeff Lynne did to make it sound that way. There is a fabulous mix of John's original Free As A Bird demo with Paul and George's harmonising which is far better.

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29 November 2011
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I don't really like Bungalow Bill.

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meanmistermustard said:

When i listen to Hey Jude i dont think of Julian ever. I love the never ending na-na-na-na's, the way the orchestra adds to the whole spirit of the recording, and Pauls scat singing. Admist the chaos and bitterness of the White Album times it has a happy vibe to it, but that could be allocated to many of the songs from that time.

I very rarely go anywhere near the Beatles Free As A Bird and Real Love. The harmonies are as good as ever but John's voice is horribly tinney especially when compared to the original demo's, i have no idea what they and Jeff Lynne did to make it sound that way. There is a fabulous mix of John's original Free As A Bird demo with Paul and George's harmonising which is far better.

I think that is true to "Free As A Bird" but Real Love sounds pretty "normal" to me. Although I don't think the rest of the Beatles added anything to the song.

29 November 2011
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meanmistermustard said:

When i listen to Hey Jude i dont think of Julian ever. I love the never ending na-na-na-na's, the way the orchestra adds to the whole spirit of the recording, and Pauls scat singing. Admist the chaos and bitterness of the White Album times it has a happy vibe to it, but that could be allocated to many of the songs from that time.

 

This is one of my top Paul songs--possibly my #1 Paul song. I have heard some pretty mediocre musicians do quite good renditions of "Hey Jude" while also have heard fabulous musicians do mind-blowing versions. That's a testament to the song's quality. Some listeners may be bored today with the original recording, but if musicians can go back to this song over and over again and find something inspiring about it that brings out their best qualities as musicians, it's good music.

 

I love the extended outro and always have. It's unlike anything else the Beatles did, and yet it was so fitting for the time it was recorded. It was a harbinger of how pop music, especially singles, were evolving, with bands being more and more willing to break out of convention and challenge the average listener more. Additionally, it's just an awesome jam and it's so much fun to play.

 

Moreover I love that Paul took a song that starts out as a very anthem-like ballad that echos to the kind of religious music that British churches are known for, and then transitions it into a soulful, gospel-ly, hollering to the rafters, blow-out jam in the end, like the gospel church music from the Southern US. It's a brilliant and daring juxtaposition--unlike "Let It Be" that stays more within the anthem form, "Hey Jude" starts off with a subtle bluesy groove against the anthem-like chords and melody, so you have this tension that drives the song, like an English altar boy itching to get out of his vestments. Musicologically, this song's a fascinating one, because Paul, who was such a competitive musician during his days as a Beatles, likely heard influences of church music in other bands at the time, like the Beach Boys and the Zombies. I'd bet anything that Paul heard the Zombies' Rod Argent taking chords from Anglican anthems and turning them into rock songs and thought 'I can top that.' (Seriously, the Zombie's highmark album Odessey and Oracle, which is full of Anglican music influences mixed with American rock and blues, was released just a few months before "Hey Jude" was recorded.) Even though among the fans and rock critics, one rarely hears mention of the influence of church music on 60's pop and rock, it was definitely there, as most of these musicians grew up with church music as a major aspect of their musical knowledge.

 

Please note that I have yet to mention Julian. Honestly, that it was written for Julian is between Julian and Paul. I can enjoy the song regardless.

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29 November 2011
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I'm not a fan of Bungalow Bill or Don't Pass Me By (sorry Ringo, even though she lost her hair) and Revolution 9. There are others I'm not overly fussed about, but off the top of my head it'd have to be these three that I always skip.

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Something definately happened to John's voice for Real Love, maybe more reverb or something like that and definately not to the same degree that was added to FAAB, but something is there. I find that the demos have more warmth without the drums, guitars etc, but keep the harmonies.

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30 November 2011
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Not too much love for "Don't Pass me By".

I used to hate "Lady Madonna" (not quite sure why), but I've grown to like it now. 

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CranberrySauce said:

Not too much love for "Don't Pass me By".

I used to hate "Lady Madonna" (not quite sure why), but I've grown to like it now. 

Why does everybody dislike "Don't Pass Me By"?a-hard-days-night-ringo-14 It's one of my faves to be honest... Maybe it's just me.

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I like "Don't Pass me by," but one song that I can't stand is "Piggies," from the White Album. It makes me cringe every time, I can't understand why...

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I also like Don't Pass me by it's a favorite one.. a-hard-days-night-ringo-10

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Hmm. That's tough. I'd probably go with any of these songs: Revolution 9, (even though it shoudn't even be considered as a song)Within You, Without You, (either you love it or you hate it) Piggies, (enough said) Long, Long, Long (sorry for having 3 of your songs on here, George) Maggie Mae, or The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill.

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I'll throw in the aptly named "It's All Too Much"

By the time it appears at the end of the Yellow Submarine movie, I'm thinking, "yeah, it's all to much."

THAT's the song that should have been edited out of the American version of the movie - not "Hey Bulldog"

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