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Revolution 9
21 December 2010
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Your Point Is…….

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
21 December 2010
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If you don't get it, I'm not going to explain it for you.

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

21 December 2010
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I thought it was something more than the fact I dislike TNK.

My Bad.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
21 December 2010
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I hate this song sooooooo much. And that is really hard for me because I normally don't say I hate any Beatles songs. I don't even hate Mr. Moonlight and that's not such a good song either. I really just can't take this song at all. Something about it makes me want to just curl up and disappear. I freaked out so much the first time I heard it I started screaming.

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21 December 2010
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MotherNaturesDaughter said: 

 I freaked out so much the first time I heard it I started screaming.


That was my first reaction when I first heard "Solja Boy Tell 'Em"

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21 December 2010
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^ Win! 

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21 December 2010
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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

^ Win! 


Thank you!

Watch me crank that watch me roll

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21 December 2010
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MotherNaturesDaughter said:

I hate this song sooooooo much. And that is really hard for me because I normally don't say I hate any Beatles songs. I don't even hate Mr. Moonlight and that's not such a good song either. I really just can't take this song at all. Something about it makes me want to just curl up and disappear. I freaked out so much the first time I heard it I started screaming.


My Thoughts exactly (except for the screaming)
I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
21 December 2010
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NO, I Win.

 

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I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
21 December 2010
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Well, Dear Prudence had made a pretty Win! comment. 

 

*How appropriate--9*

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21 December 2010
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Fine, Now I Win with this

 

I WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!a-hard-days-night-ringo-8a-hard-days-night-paul-6a-hard-days-night-george-4a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-ringo-7a-hard-days-night-ringo-13a-hard-days-night-george-7a-hard-days-night-paul-3a-hard-days-night-paul-2a-hard-days-night-george-2a-hard-days-night-george-8a-hard-days-night-george-10a-hard-days-night-george-6a-hard-days-night-john-5a-hard-days-night-george-5a-hard-days-night-george-1a-hard-days-night-ringo-5a-hard-days-night-ringo-2a-hard-days-night-ringo-6a-hard-days-night-john-2a-hard-days-night-paul-8a-hard-days-night-paul-5a-hard-days-night-ringo-12a-hard-days-night-ringo-15a-hard-days-night-george-3paul-mccartneya-hard-days-night-john-1a-hard-days-night-ringo-11a-hard-days-night-paul-1a-hard-days-night-paul-11a-hard-days-night-ringo-9a-hard-days-night-paul-4a-hard-days-night-john-4a-hard-days-night-paul-9a-hard-days-night-george-9a-hard-days-night-paul-7a-hard-days-night-ringo-14a-hard-days-night-ringo-4a-hard-days-night-john-7

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
21 December 2010
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I am noting the absence of two-virginsapple01,blue-meanie,mal-evans,neil-aspinall,george-martin, and apple02.

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21 December 2010
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Sorry for the double post-- I just thought this was fitting.

If you can't see it:

http://www.kimtuck.com/imagesh…..6fc6e6.gif

I still don't get why the rat was able to tolerate "Wild Honey Pie" and "Why Don't We Do it in the Road?" 

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

21 December 2010
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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

Sorry for the double post-- I just thought this was fitting.

If you can't see it:

http://www.kimtuck.com/imagesh…..6fc6e6.gif

I still don't get why the rat was able to tolerate "Wild Honey Pie" and "Why Don't We Do it in the Road?" 


OMG !!!!! I LOVE PEARLS BEFORE SWINE!!!!!
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22 December 2010
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I like number 9, it's not my favorite but some of the dialogue is pretty funny, but you have to listen pretty closely or read an interpretation to understand most of it. I used to hate and skip it, but it's because I had expectations going into it of a Beatles song and it's so far removed from being a normal Beatles song. So I chose to listen to it and accept it for what it is, and I enjoyed it more because I let it be…whatever it is. I respect what John was trying to do, it's not my favorite type of music but I'm not as dismissive of it as I used to be.

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22 December 2010
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Maybe it's the fact I'm 13 but Revolution 9 is just Too CRAZY. It's all too much for me. But if you like it, more powerto you!

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
22 December 2010
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I'm gonna be a lonely voice in favor of the composition, but here goes.

The White Album is absolutely one of the pivotal records in my development as a listener of music and R9 is a major reason why.

I bought the set in 1977 on vinyl when I was 13 or 14 years old, took it home and listened on headphones straight through.  Each and every song struck me as brilliant and taught me something new.  At that point I'd been a Beatles fan for about 4 years.  My first purchase of their music was the "Red" album; I also loaded up on George's, Ringo's, and especially John's albums.  Bought "Rock And Roll Music" the compilation album, and played the hell out of that in a little town called Sinclair, Wyoming, which has about 400 people, an oil refinery, a bar, and a post office.

So, I had been riveted for 3 1/4 sides when R9 came through the headphones and I can promise you it put the White Album right over the top for me.  It felt like it went on for about a half-hour that first time; it was scary but exhilarating, stunningly creative, surprise-filled, staggering work. Then, to top it off with yet another surprise, Ringo with Good Night, absolutely inappropriate yet absolutely appropriate at the same time.

I'd started playing the record when the sun was going down and by the time R9 came on it was dark in my room, so that added to the effect.  I had NO idea what to expect and I thought it weird that there were no lyrics on the album insert for R9.  Didn't take me long to figure out something new was happening here.

This was a few years before I did any kind of recreational drugs at all and I sure didn't need 'em to expand my consciousness for this one.  In fact no one really needs them.  This was really stronger than any drug I did subsequently, for that matter.

Seriously, even if you hate the composition--and it's hard for me to understand why anyone would, I have to say that--doesn't it make an already brilliant document of the Beatles career even more unique and indispensable?  Isn't it yet another reason why no one ever made albums like these guys did, before or since?

They, along with George Martin, INVENTED the rock album as art form.  This was a giant mindblower, right up there with A Day In The Life, and yeah, thank you John and Yoko.apple01

Personal note: Many years later, after I'd graduated from college and was at a party when some folks were playing a cassette copy they'd made of the White Album, I was getting into it on the 4th side when it became obvious they'd CUT R9 from the cassette copy.  Believe me, I gave them a ton of shit for doing that and I didn't care what the other folks at the party thought of my intensity, we got into a pretty good argument.

I'm sorry, whether or not people appreciate the composition or not, even if they hate it, you can fast forward through, turn down the volume, but you just don't CUT any parts out of the White Album or any other Beatles albums for that matter!!

As you can see--if I'm ever your guest and R9 comes on the stereo, I'm sticking with you!!

22 December 2010
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Hahaha…well, they'd have had to cut SOMETHING from that tape – the WA is something like 94 minutes long and there were no such things as C-94 cassettes!  (My choice would've been that OTHER "Revolution").

Seriously, though: Can you REALLY not understand the R9 haters? Imagine a Beatles fan who loves 'em for their music and their lyrics and their singing and their playing – R9 has none of those things, and therefore nothing for our fan.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
22 December 2010
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Parco and Von you bring up an interesting point: I grew up with The White Album, but it was a copy of a copied tape of the album my dad has. Whether it was due to space or personal preference, there was no Goodnight or Revolution Number 9. I'm almost certain it was by choice because I DO remember hearing All You Need Is Love on the tape.

In any case, I don't think I really heard either of those songs until I got my own CD in college.

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." — Dr. Seuss
 
 
22 December 2010
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A couple of points – first off they used to make C-120 cassette tapes – which are 120 minutes long – so it can be done.

Second, I was about 10 when the White Album first came out – my friends and I had older siblings so we heard it right away. I think there has to be some context to what music was like in 1968.

If you were alive during that era, the idea of experimentation and new concepts was all in the air. Suffice to say that even at the age of 10 we loved Revolution 9 and began quoting it immediately. We'd be saying things like "eldorado" or "a little bit older a little bit slower".

Coming on the heels of All You Need Is Love and Strawberry Fields – whose endings were somewhat drawn out – Revolution 9 was not all that 'out there' for any of us.

In fact my friends and I had our own musical group at that time and upon hearing Revolution 9 we immediately changed our name to The Situation – because George says it so clearly on the track.

All of which is to say, in it's day the White Album was seen as amazing and Revolution 9 was listened to and enjoyed and it was part of the crazy era of the late '60s.

At least in my neighborhood.

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