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The Measure of a Maniac: How many Beatles songs have I never listened to?
6 August 2013
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I have all their officially released albums bar the compilation albums. I remember before I got the anthologies and Live At The BBC, it kind of annoyed me that I had yet to listen to everything by them. I had to buy the anthologies one by one and waiting to have the next one was so intense.

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Funny Paper said
As I've said before occasionally here, I'm not that much of a Beatles fan when you measure that by how many songs I enjoy and/or know well.

I feel you can be a fan without knowing the entire catalogue. As far as being a maniac, that is a relative term.

If I knew there was an undiscovered treasure on the level of a "Penny Lane" or "Here, There and Everywhere", I would of course immediately give a listen.  But as it is, I don't want to slog through a bunch of mediocre stuff that I don't like much to try to find it 

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I'm really surprised that FP and, more surprisingly still, LHL haven't listened to everything. I love Anthology 1 and the bbc recordings, and I wouldn't feel like a big fan if I hadn't listened to them. I don't really know how you can sit there knowing there's Beatles songs you've never listened to, but anyway, if you're happy then I guess there's no reason why anyone should tell you what to do. I, like everyone else who's already posted, strongly advise you listen to some of them, at least. You're both missing out BIG TIME!

The only song I haven't heard is COL, 'cause nobody has, have they?

 

Nope. I would like to hear it though. Not because I think it might be great, because I have the feeling it's not, but just because I'm extremely curious.

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I'm really surprised that FP and, more surprisingly still, LHL haven't listened to everything. I love Anthology 1 and the bbc recordings, and I wouldn't feel like a big fan if I hadn't listened to them. I don't really know how you can sit there knowing there's Beatles songs you've never listened to, but anyway, if you're happy then I guess there's no reason why anyone should tell you what to do. I, like everyone else who's already posted, strongly advise you listen to some of them, at least. You're both missing out BIG TIME!

The only song I haven't heard is COL, 'cause nobody has, have they?

Really?  I didn't think my list was that long, it's mostly just old covers.  I will give them a listen though, I'm sure they're all on Youtube.  I may have heard some of them, but I don't own them.  

Edit:  I do have a bunch of BBC recordings on my computer, and some of them aren't labelled as to what songs they are.  I've listened to them all, so I'm sure a lot of that list is on there.  Unless they are in some obscure spot, in which case I wouldn't call that part of their "catalog".  

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These are the ones I don't have on my iPod/haven't heard from your list.   

Carnival Of Light

Etcetera

Now And Then

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Expert Textpert said
 

These are the ones I don't have on my iPod/haven't heard from your list.   

Carnival Of Light

Etcetera

Now And Then

Etcetera & Now And Then (I presume you mean the Beatlised version of Johns demo) are another 2 that haven't been heard by many so most folks here are in the same group.

I'd love to hear CoL as its the Beatles however im aware that it would probably be as painful as Mary Jane is. There is all this hype about Helter Skelter but 12 minutes in it more than likely gets you wanting to press skip to get it over with.

BBC recordings are amazing and should be heard by all Beatle fans. Unlike the tedious Get Back rehearsals I don't get bored listening to the complete BBC sessions, well worth getting the complete sets that exist on the net.     

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I'm probably a bigger fan of James Taylor than I am of the Beatles (not because I think he's better, I just listen to him more).  However, I don't own his first album, “James Taylor and the Original Flying Machine”, or his second album, "James Taylor", or his third, "Sweet Baby James", or his fourth, “Mud Slide Slim And the Blue Horizon”, or his fifth, "One Man Dog", or even his sixth, "Walking Man" (and from those six albums, I probably only really like three songs) .  My fandom begins with "Gorilla" and from there I own every album to the present.  My friend chides me and says "Well then you're not a JT fan!"

Same goes for my favorite musicians in general:  Santana, Chicago, Paul Simon, Gordon Lightfoot (though with the first two, my pattern is reversed: I only own their first few albums, and don't like their later stuff).

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Who's to say who's a fan and who is not?? If you've only listened to one album of something and want to call yourself a fan, well I guess it's no skin off anyone else's nose. But it seems a real shame to not even give those tracks a go - how do you there's not something you really like unless you listen at least once?

I would give a push for Baby's In Black - a great little bluesy rocker.

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No Reply is my fave Beatles track and often cited by many as a hidden Beatles treasure, well worth a listen.

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LadyBay said 
I would give a push for Baby's In Black - a great little bluesy rocker.

 

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No Reply is my fave Beatles track and often cited by many as a hidden Beatles treasure, well worth a listen.

Loving the kudos for these Beatles For Sale tracks. I love this album. The 2 mentioned are awesome - one of my favorites on the album is the remake of Carl Perkins' 'Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby'.

Seriously, FP - there is so much you are missing. Do what you wish of course, but I strongly recommend you "slog through" it all at least once - if for no other reason than to get the rest of us to shut up about it already.

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I believe anyone can use the word "fan" however they like. I am a Beatles fan. I like Paul Simon and James Taylor, for example. With the Beatles, I think it is important to listen to all of their songs if you truly want to get to know them and understand them. They have a finite catelogue of work, unlike James Taylor who is still recording (I assume). It is all about the evolution of the band (as it is with any band). The early Beatles stuff (Beatles For Sale and Rubber Soul are excellent!) are very different from the White Album and Let It Be. It is because the band evolved and changed. To listen to their whole catelogue will help you to appreciate them more fully (if that is what you want). I am from an old school where I still listen to records and CDs. When you download things from the internet to listen to, you don't get the benefit of a complete album, as I did. I waited with enthusiastic anticipation for each new album, and I still enjoy playing them. As with any band, some of their stuff is good, and some not so much (as each of the Beatles admitted to). So, it is a matter of how deeply you feel about understanding them and their music. Either way, their music is still being listened to and enjoyed.

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LongHairedLady said

I do have a bunch of BBC recordings on my computer, and some of them aren't labelled as to what songs they are.  I've listened to them all, so I'm sure a lot of that list is on there.  Unless they are in some obscure spot, in which case I wouldn't call that part of their "catalog".  

Yes, your list is much shorter than you think:

Bad Boy
Carnival Of Light
Child Of Nature
Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
Circles
Etcetera
I Call Your Name
Love of the Loved
Nobody's Child
Now and Then
September in the Rain
Sour Milk Sea
Take Good Care Of My Baby
Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby

If I can give any advice for sorting out the stuff I sent you, let me know.

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These are the ones I don't have on my iPod/haven't heard from your list.   

Carnival Of Light

Etcetera

Now And Then

Etcetera & Now And Then (I presume you mean the Beatlised version of Johns demo) are another 2 that haven't been heard by many so most folks here are in the same group.

I'd love to hear CoL as its the Beatles however im aware that it would probably be as painful as Mary Jane is. There is all this hype about Helter Skelter but 12 minutes in it more than likely gets you wanting to press skip to get it over with.

BBC recordings are amazing and should be heard by all Beatle fans. Unlike the tedious Get Back rehearsals I don't get bored listening to the complete BBC sessions, well worth getting the complete sets that exist on the net.     

 

Actually, I don't have any version (demo or otherwise) of Now And Then.  It's not on any of my bootlegs as far as I know.

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He told us not to get overwhelmed by grief and whatever thoughts we have... to keep them happy, because any thoughts we have of him will travel to him wherever he is. (John Lennon - 27/8/67)
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So that was supposed to be another one of those songs that went with Anthology, with which I mean FAAB and Real Love?

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No idea if it was that exact demo as we have numberous demos of Real Love and I think Free As A Bird but that's the right song. Wasn't there also speculation of a Beatlised Grow Old With Me that never saw the light of overdubs until George Martin's for Johns solo Anthology box?

 

Zig, im a huge fan of the rockabilly Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby and Honey Don't, twos songs usually derided but I enjoy both a heck of a lot. As for Beatles for Sale i'd have the opening five tracks as the best opening sequence to any Beatles album, just a shame the next three aren't that great.

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"Baby's In Black" is the kind of song I was talking about.  I tried it, but it was ho-hum.  Nothing much to write home about.  "No Reply", however, is pretty good -- though it still pales in comparison with any number of better Beatles songs (mostly in albums that came later).  The "middle eight" is weak, but the melody and words are nice, and Ringo's drumming is enjoyable.

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FP: Fair enough, at least you tried it. Way upthread, I said "I feel you can be a fan without knowing the entire catalogue." That will now be, "I feel you can be a fan without enjoying the entire catalogue."

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mmm: Thanks for sharing the video. As I write this, I just finished watching it and am now listening to Beatles For Saleahdn_george_08

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Thanks for posting Now and Then.  It sounds like it would have made a good song.

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FP: Fair enough, at least you tried it. Way upthread, I said "I feel you can be a fan without knowing the entire catalogue." That will now be, "I feel you can be a fan without enjoying the entire catalogue."

No one here will revoke your fan-card.neil-aspinall

mmm: Thanks for sharing the video. As I write this, I just finished watching it and am now listening to Beatles For Saleahdn_george_08

Thanks, Zig.  I'd agree (of course) that a "fan" need not enjoy the entire catalogue.  It seems a little irrational to insist on enjoying every last thing any artists produces. 

But then, I did call this room Measure of a Maniac -- not a fan per se.a-hard-days-night-paul-7

 

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