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Fastest Beatles Song
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6 May 2013
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Egroeg Evoli
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Does anybody have any idea what the fastest Beatles song is? I'm just curious.

Geometry, wisdom, tangerines... "The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say..."

Also known as Egg-Rock, Egg-Roll, E-George, Eggy, Ravioli, Eggroll Eggrolli...

Purple stuff... ellipses...

6 May 2013
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Pretty sure it's "I've Just Seen A Face"

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6 May 2013
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Von Bontee said
Pretty sure it's "I've Just Seen A Face"

 

I agree, I'm not sure if there's anything faster. Maybe Her Majesty.

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6 May 2013
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Von Bontee said
Pretty sure it's "I've Just Seen A Face"

 

That's what I thought, but I wasn't sure.

Geometry, wisdom, tangerines... "The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say..."

Also known as Egg-Rock, Egg-Roll, E-George, Eggy, Ravioli, Eggroll Eggrolli...

Purple stuff... ellipses...

6 May 2013
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I think you need to measure it by the tempo of the quarter notes (or eighth notes if the time signature has an 8 on the bottom).  "I've Just Seen A Face" may be deceptive, because the listener would be cheating by counting all the notes in between the main beats (especially as emphasized by that acoustic guitar solo).

I'd say Revolution 2 may be actually faster.

There's also that comic version of "The Long And Winding Road" Paul does with George and Ringo (John's not there) -- comically fast tempo -- in the movie Let It Be.  (I can't find it on YouTube)

 

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6 May 2013
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Yep it's done in Latin style, the transition to the serious Long And Winding Road always kills me each time haha.

"And in the End the Love you take is equal to the Love you make"
"When I was a robber *Piano Chord* in Boston Place"
"Let's hope this turns out pretty darn good huh"
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6 May 2013
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Is the fast version on YouTube?  I couldn't find it.

 

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6 May 2013
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Funny Paper said

I think you need to measure it by the tempo of the quarter notes (or eighth notes if the time signature has an 8 on the bottom).  "I've Just Seen A Face" may be deceptive, because the listener would be cheating by counting all the notes in between the main beats (especially as emphasized by that acoustic guitar solo).

I'd say Revolution 2 may be actually faster.

 

I just count the backbeats myself, as measured by snare drum hits.

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7 May 2013
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I was going to guess Revolution 2 too!

"....take a sad song & make it Meilleur"....

7 May 2013
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By the way, this can be easily solved scientifically with a metronome, if somebody wants to take the trouble to do it.

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7 May 2013
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I found a similar discussion here that lists songs with their beats per minute.

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7 May 2013
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OK, I can't figure out their calculations at all - they've got bloody "Hey Jude" as the fastest! And "Dig It" as second-fastest. Weird...

I still maintain that it's "I've Just Seen A Face". (Unless you can count part-songs, in which case it's the accelerated ending of "All Together Now", as one guy on that thread points out.)

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7 May 2013
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^^ The OP explained that anomaly in the next post, though, and responded specifically to the Hey Jude issue to another commenter:

My computer was trying to shut down, so i sent that last post without
noting that the BPMs (beats per minute) in the list appear to be
calculated at "double-time" on some songs, so if a slow song has a
reading of 148.22, I assume it should read at 74.11 instead.

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7 May 2013
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Ah, I missed that, thanks! Now I don't trust that list at all...I wonder if the computer used is subdividing tracks into 8th notes or 16th notes or whatever, as Funny Paper alluded to?

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7 May 2013
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Yeah, the software's imperfect. No one wants to sit down with a metronome, lol. I looked it up as I figured this had to have been answered definitively. It seems nonetheless that I've Just Seen A Face and Revolution 2 are coming up on top there as well.

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Depending on how you define "fastest," I might throw in "Mr Moonlight." It's only a fraction of a second between the moment the song starts and the start of the next song on my iPod.

But where would "Back In The USSR" fit in?

 

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7 May 2013
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OK, lol! Took me a moment to get that! (Or several 'moments', depending on how you define them)

"Back In The USSR" is, to my ears, approximately the same tempo as "Birthday", making those two the fastest on the White Album, and pretty fast overall. But I think quite a few 1963-64 songs still outpace those two, like "I Saw Her Standing There", "Rock And Roll Music" and (ironically enough) "Slow Down".

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15 May 2013
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I've Just Seen A Face came to my mind immediately. That song has gone around amongst Bluegrass players, and bluegrass music can be very fast.  I do believe that  McCartney wrote it intentionally to sound like a Bluegrass song. The tempo is faster than Rock And Roll Music or any of the other songs mentioned here.

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Yeah, I can't think of any faster than that one. Unless there's something on BBC or Star Club I'm overlooking.

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15 May 2013
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bubba said
I've Just Seen A Face came to my mind immediately. That song has gone around amongst Bluegrass players, and bluegrass music can be very fast.  I do believe that  McCartney wrote it intentionally to sound like a Bluegrass song. The tempo is faster than Rock And Roll Music or any of the other songs mentioned here.

It's only fast if you count each 8th note.  If you count the quarter beats, it's twice as slow.  For example, if you count the "matchbox" beats Ringo is tapping in "I'm Looking Through You" -- then that would be faster.  And those beats are no less legitimate (and no more) than the 8th beats of IJSAF.

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