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Unbelievably Underrated Beatles Song.
10 December 2013
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trcanberra said

Linde said
I agree with that, while it was #1, it doesn't get the recognition it deserves imo. I also think it's a way stronger song than Love Me Do.

These sorts of posts baffle me - I'm not having a go at you L; but I am shaking my head at many of the 'underrated' posts on this forum.  What sort of recognition do you think it deserves that it hasn't already had?  Apart from being number one, recognized by most people as better than Love Me Do, included on almost every compilation album out there - what more could it have?

 

I agree to some extent.  With the Beatles' oeuvre, you have the unsual case of most of the songs being already appreciated.  The few stragglers are usually obscure songs from their very early days, and (with a few exceptions) after one listens to them, one sees why they don't quite measure up.

I suppose there are some songs among the vast body of known and appreciated songs that nobody seems to talk about much, and so one could relegate them to the "Underrated" category perhaps.  "Good Morning", for example, comes to mind...

 

 

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That would definitely be Old Brown Shoe. I'm also a bit sad that John didn't like Dig A Pony as it is one of my favorite songs.

18 December 2013
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ScrambledEggs said
That would definitely be Old Brown Shoe. I'm also a bit sad that John didn't like Dig A Pony as it is one of my favorite songs.

I'd agree on both of those. Old Brown Shoe might be (this is just off the top of my head) their 3rd best B-side. (behind Rain and Revolution) That's only a compliment if you're talking about the Beatles, huh? 

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18 December 2013
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ScrambledEggs said
That would definitely be Old Brown Shoe. I'm also a bit sad that John didn't like Dig A Pony as it is one of my favorite songs.

It's very hard to know what John really did and didn't like as when asked about them his opinion changed based on his mood and how he was feeling about the Beatles at the time.  I also think he is one of those artists who is never quite satisfied with what he has done so it is hard to get a good view of how they really ranked in his thinking.

 

18 December 2013
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I myself have an entire LIST of underrated tunes, being...

 And yeah, the ones mentioned earlier, of course! Pretty much b-sides in general, expected to be underrated.

The only, like, music-history level notable b-sides I've heard are I Am The Walrus, and Earth Angel by The Penguins. Yeah! Earth Angel was a b-side to some song called Hey Señorita!

19 December 2013
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^ Nice list, but once again I don't agree that a number one song (Ballad of John and Yoko) can be classified as underrated.  That one even had a lot of controversy over the use of the word 'Christ' - so got a LOT of press.  Once again I will ask the question that no one in all these 'underrated' threads has yet answered:

What sort of recognition do you think it deserves that it hasn't already had?

19 December 2013
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trcanberra said
^ Nice list, but once again I don't agree that a number one song (Ballad of John and Yoko) can be classified as underrated.  That one even had a lot of controversy over the use of the word 'Christ' - so got a LOT of press.  Once again I will ask the question that no one in all these 'underrated' threads has yet answered:

What sort of recognition do you think it deserves that it hasn't already had?

The only way to have an underrated thread is to answer that by saying one that doesn't get a lot of recognition. One that a) is not really known by the non Beatle-obsessed public, or b) is disliked by the Beatle-obsessed community, but like by you. My main one is probably For You Blue, for example. Most people outside of Beatle fans don't know what it is, and a lot within the Beatles community, it is kind of ignored. You have to grade on a curve. 

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19 December 2013
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IveJustSeenAFaceo said

trcanberra said
^ Nice list, but once again I don't agree that a number one song (Ballad of John and Yoko) can be classified as underrated.  That one even had a lot of controversy over the use of the word 'Christ' - so got a LOT of press.  Once again I will ask the question that no one in all these 'underrated' threads has yet answered:

What sort of recognition do you think it deserves that it hasn't already had?

The only way to have an underrated thread is to answer that by saying one that doesn't get a lot of recognition. One that a) is not really known by the non Beatle-obsessed public, or b) is disliked by the Beatle-obsessed community, but like by you. My main one is probably For You Blue, for example. Most people outside of Beatle fans don't know what it is, and a lot within the Beatles community, it is kind of ignored. You have to grade on a curve. 

Agreed - and I think you used a great example.  While it may not seem that way, I really like these threads - they make me reconsider songs I may not have paid a lot of attention to.  It's just when folks throw in some of their better known, number one, top-selling, highly publicised songs that I start to question them.  We have had two examples in these lists recently - songs that were on 1, which was one of the biggest selling albums this century, and yet they were underrated?

 

22 December 2013
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*whistles*

 

No but really, I think IveJustSeenAFace has a point there. And uses a good example as well.

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Linde said
*whistles*

 

No but really, I think IveJustSeenAFace has a point there. And uses a good example as well

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23 December 2013
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Whoops, I'm sorry!

23 December 2013
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Linde said
Whoops, I'm sorry!

Ah, no hard feelings.

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"In My Life" is one of my favourite Beatles songs, and although it's highly acclaimed by the fans, the song isn't as recognisable as "Hey Jude" or "Let it Be". It's definitely underrated because not a lot of people besides the fans have heard it, and it's an amazing song. 

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15 January 2014
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Long, Long, Long. It is an incredibly powerful, emotional masterpiece. 

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I read thru a couple of pages and the recurring thought……..That song isn't under-rated came again and again.

 

So I'll add to that……… 'Please Please Me' I personally underrated this early outing, until I heard Paul close one of his American concerts with it. So many hooks in this 2 and a bit minutes. Went down well with the crowd too. Don't know why he's dispensed with it unless it went down too well…...

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Atlas said
I read thru a couple of pages and the recurring thought……..That song isn't under-rated came again and again.

 

So I'll add to that……… 'Please Please Me' I personally underrated this early outing, until I heard Paul close one of his American concerts with it. So many hooks in this 2 and a bit minutes. Went down well with the crowd too. Don't know why he's dispensed with it unless it went down too well…...

It's a John song, he doesn't do a lot of them, generally carries around two, and of course his ukulele performance of Something for George.

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I'll get you, I'm a loser, Good Morning Good Morning, Nowhere Man, Golden Slumbers, and Two of Us.

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28 January 2014
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she's so heavy

1 February 2014
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Mr Kite as well

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xskelterhelterx said
Mr Kite as well

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

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