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Unbelievably Underrated Beatles Song.
1 February 2014
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I've seen this thread for the last few days, and I'm having trouble thinking of songs that I'd consider "underrated". As others have pointed out, somebody probably considers just about every song they did their favorite at one point or another. Having skimmed the thread, I'd pick these as some of my less-overrated Beatles songs.

 

Edit: Adding one more…

Leave My Kitten Alone – Someone needs to be fired for this not seeing the light of day until Anthology 1. Okay, maybe hired again, then fired. The fact that this got cut from Beatles For Sale and Mr. Moonlight stayed just boggles my mind. Great rock and roll track. Great vocals from John, and George's guitar solo is pretty great too.

 

Flying – Good mellow jam track. Leads well into…

Blue Jay Way – This song is simple, but kind of dark and trippy.

Don't Let Me Down – The entire reason I bought Past Masters vol 2. Great listening to this and Get Back.

Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! – One of my favorites from BFS. Don't hear people mention it much.

It's All Too Much – Not sure if this is underrated, but it's definitely not Overrated.

Anna (Go To Him) – Hey, I like it and that's what counts.

Wild Honey Pie – See Anna (Go To Him)

Lucille – Paul knocks it out of the park on this one. Love it.

Polythene Pam – Often looked down on in the medley, the instrumental bit after the lyrics are over rocks sooooo hard I can't not love it.

 

 

Um… what else? Does Hey Bulldog count? Cry Baby Cry? Dig A Pony? For You Blue? Okay, I'll quit while I'm ahead.

2 February 2014
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I find it amusing that the songs on this thread also show up in the "worst Beatle songs" section.

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2 February 2014
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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
I find it amusing that the songs on this thread also show up in the "worst Beatle songs" section.

Good point. I may or may not have based some of my choices on songs I observed in the other thread… It is basically two sides of the same coin, though, isn't it? I propose we merge the two threads into a big "songs that only a small handful of dedicated weirdos like" thread. :)

 

2 February 2014
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IveJustSeenAFaceo said

xskelterhelterx said
Mr Kite as well

One of my favorites as well. Paul's bass work on that may be his finest.

one of their most psychedelic songs.

 

2 February 2014
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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
I find it amusing that the songs on this thread also show up in the "worst Beatle songs" section.

I was stunned when I saw 'she's so heavy' in that thread.

2 February 2014
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Me too – one of my faves.

Best listened to loud and with the lights off.

(I think this song was semi-ruined by iTunes. When the song ends, you're supposed to have nothing but silence [being the last song on Side 1], not the next song on your playlist.

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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
Me too – one of my faves.

Best listened to loud and with the lights off.

(I think this song was semi-ruined by iTunes. When the song ends, you're supposed to have nothing but silence [being the last song on Side 1], not the next song on your playlist.

Very interesting observation, ISWD, about how the listening experience can vary with the delivery method.

 

Can buy Joe love! Here's the link that explains how. http://www.beatlesbible.com/forum/getting-better/forum-changes/page-9/#p110183

 

2 February 2014
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Thanks Ahhh Girl – though I realize I mis-spoke. The CD semi-ruined the song long before iTunes. As soon as you've listened to "I Want You" on the CD, you're quickly treated to the chirpy "Here Comes The Sun."

Ouch.

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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
Thanks Ahhh Girl – though I realize I mis-spoke. The CD semi-ruined the song long before iTunes. As soon as you've listened to "I Want You" on the CD, you're quickly treated to the chirpy "Here Comes The Sun."

Ouch.

All the more fascinating that you can share the vinyl experience with those of us who haven't had the pleasure. I really, really need to listen to the albums with a 2-side format thought process. They are all just one big blob to me right now. I have so many "listening" projects. Happiness.

 

Can buy Joe love! Here's the link that explains how. http://www.beatlesbible.com/forum/getting-better/forum-changes/page-9/#p110183

 

2 February 2014
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IveJustSeenAFaceo
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Abbey Road is one of the albums I have on vinyl, and it's fantastic in that medium. Paul's bass really pops, and both I Want You and the Medley work brilliantly.

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2 February 2014
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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
Thanks Ahhh Girl – though I realize I mis-spoke. The CD semi-ruined the song long before iTunes. As soon as you've listened to "I Want You" on the CD, you're quickly treated to the chirpy "Here Comes The Sun."

Ouch.

That is a good point. It's been so long since I've listened to Abbey Road on vinyl that I had nearly forgotten that a jarring period of silence is part of the intended delivery of the song. I'm tempted to add a minute or two of silence to the end of my digital file that I ripped from the cd now.

 

3 February 2014
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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
Me too – one of my faves.

Best listened to loud and with the lights off.

(I think this song was semi-ruined by iTunes. When the song ends, you're supposed to have nothing but silence [being the last song on Side 1], not the next song on your playlist.

agreed.  when I'm listening to Abbey Road on my iPod, I pause at the end of SSH.

 

5 February 2014
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I've always loved Savoy Truffle too.  Not the most popular song.

6 February 2014
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For me (a newbie here so forgive me if these have been stated):

 

11 February 2014
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Probably posted these before but hey-ho.

Two Indian Tracks.

Within You, Without You – a masterpiece that should be given a standing ovation not met with the derision it gets from some. Not sure of its the Indian flavour, the lyrics or just because its George but the whole damn thing is fucking amazing, with the instrumental orchestral passage easily being one of the best things the Beatles ever put on tape. East meets West and blows some walls down. Yet its placed by many below When I'm 64. Seriously!!!!

 

Love You To – Often overlooked in favour of Taxman (my least favourite of George's trio) but for me is far superior and when Revolver really kicks in and off. The intro always gives me the impression of hesitancy, a bit of casual riffing whilst deciding what to do: "should we be doing this?, maybe. Really?, erm, well?, hmm, yeah ok!, sure?, erm. . ., oh fuck it and screw them, lets go." And off it goes at full speed with no looking back, stopping or second thoughts. The lyrics are great as is George's vocal as well. 

 

I really do love the Indian tracks that George contributed.

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11 February 2014
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You Know My Name (Look up the Number) has always been one of my favorites, so wacky! 

12 February 2014
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meanmistermustard said
Probably posted these before but hey-ho.

Two Indian Tracks.

Within You, Without You – a masterpiece that should be given a standing ovation not met with the derision it gets from some. Not sure of its the Indian flavour, the lyrics or just because its George but the whole damn thing is fucking amazing, with the instrumental orchestral passage easily being one of the best things the Beatles ever put on tape. East meets West and blows some walls down. Yet its placed by many below When I'm 64. Seriously!!!!

 

Love You To – Often overlooked in favour of Taxman (my least favourite of George's trio) but for me is far superior and when Revolver really kicks in and off. The intro always gives me the impression of hesitancy, a bit of casual riffing whilst deciding what to do: "should we be doing this?, maybe. Really?, erm, well?, hmm, yeah ok!, sure?, erm. . ., oh fuck it and screw them, lets go." And off it goes at full speed with no looking back, stopping or second thoughts. The lyrics are great as is George's vocal as well. 

 

I really do love the Indian tracks that George contributed.

I really don't understand the hate that the Indian tracks seem to get. Essential listening for fans of psychedelic music in my opinion.

 

12 February 2014
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OneCoolCat said
For me (a newbie here so forgive me if these have been stated):

  • Old Brown Shoe--particular the part when George sings "If I grow up I'll be a singer…"

  Ooh I love that part of Old Brown Shoe! The bassline in that part is awesome.

 

18 February 2014
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Savoy Truffle--those muted horns are something else.

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