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23 April 2013
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Whaaaaat.

 

Does something like ''What's The New Mary Jane'' count?

There are quite a few Beatles songs I dislike, but how can I make a difference between ''songs I dislike'' and ''songs I consider to be bad''? 

I personally think Long Long Long and Only A Northern Song are quite weak, but I don't really dislike them. I don't think Love Me Do is a good  song, and I hate that one with a deep passion.

23 April 2013
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Most beatles songs i can find something to make it thru be it the intro (Mr Moonlight - which otherwise is a car crash), drums (Blue Jay Way), piano (Whats The new Mary Jane - tho its far too long and all over the place) or something else. However, not a surprise to anyone, the one song i cannot stand is Hold Me Tight - the only thing that gets me thru those 152 seconds without wanting to give up on music forever is that the LP picks up afterwards. I never ever play it outwith With The Beatles being played in full. 

I discount Revolution 9 on the basis its more a sound collage than a song. Whats The New Mary Jane has more of a song element with the more standard chorus, verse inclusion.

 

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24 April 2013
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I would have to go for It's Only Love.

 

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24 April 2013
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Linde said 
 
 
Does something like ''What's The New Mary Jane'' count?

I did ask what the worst song is out of the official studio albums, but... sure, why not?

 

There are quite a few Beatles songs I dislike, but how can I make a difference between ''songs I dislike'' and ''songs I consider to be bad''? 

I'm not sure... I'll think about that.

 

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25 April 2013
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I just re-listened to "Wild Honey Pie" after several years.  It's wonderfully mad, like an insane person with a glint in his eye.  Plus it has interesting chords, and instrumentation (guitar strings that sound aberrantly loosened.)

And it's only 63 seconds, for crying out loud.  Hardly an intrusion on a double album.

It's mainly the vocals that bother me; and the fact that several songs could have taken its place, even from George alone.. Junk was available though, too. 

Discounting Wild Honey Pie, it's quite difficult for me to determine my least favorite Beatles song; it's hard enough to decide my favorite.. Dig It and Maggie Mae don't reeeeally count.. If I could throw in the Decca auditions I'd throw in To Know Her is to Love Her. I have a vendetta against Phil Spector..

 

 

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25 April 2013
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Funny Paper said
Long Haired Lady mentioned "Mr. Moonlight" as one of her worst.  I'd never heard that one before, so I just looked it up.

I agree, it should be on a "worst list".

However, there's potential for that song.  I think if the Beatles had redone it in later years they could have polished it up and brought out its comic potential.  It suffers from (among other things) being done too seriously.

EDIT:  Woops, I see that it's a cover, and I don't think it's really fair to judge covers.  I also note that Egroeg says there was a second version, Anthology version.  Must look that up.

 

The Anthology version is no better in my opinion, just has some false starts.  There are teeny parts I don't mind, but it's mostly just soooo droning!  

Oh, since I'm in this thread, I remembered that I'm also not a fan of "Revolution 1".  I very much prefer the "single version" or "Revolution".  a-hard-days-night-john-1  Sounds way better with a faster tempo.  

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25 April 2013
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The best new thing about the anthology version of Mr Moonlight (seeing as the opening "Misssstttteeerr Moonlight" is also on the released take pasted on) is Take 1 where it breaks down, love the studio chat. Both solos, guitar and hammond organ, are so bad that they become an interesting listen. The hammond always reminds me of irate drivers stuck in a traffic jam pressing down hard on their horns.

Must add that i do like Johns vocal throughout.

Junk was about but i dont think it was a serious contender for inclusion having never been brought up by Paul in the studios throughtout the White Album sessions. Maybe they had all the tracks sitting there, wanted a nice round number and so since Pattie liked it they left it on. I think Not Guilty and Whats The New Mary Jane had been discarded for inclusion by the time the sessions were coming to a close but would have to check.

 

Edit: John C. Winn writes that Not Guilty was given 1 mono remix but had been dropped by the time stereo mixing had begun. Whats The New Mary Jane was on an early run thru of the album George took to the US on 16th October but was dropped from the final line up that John, Paul and George Martin were working on back in EMI studios at the same time and into the next day.

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25 April 2013
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LongHairedLady said 
Oh, since I'm in this thread, I remembered that I'm also not a fan of "Revolution 1".  I very much prefer the "single version" or "Revolution".  a-hard-days-night-john-1  Sounds way better with a faster tempo.  

I agree, it does sound better faster, and I do like the "single version" better. But I like Revolution 1, too. It's sorta relaxing because of the slow-ish tempo, and there's that triple guitar note that always surprises me (I think it was an edit mistake?). And the song makes me laugh sometimes, because I imagine John lying on the floor and singing it (he actually did). a-hard-days-night-john-6

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25 April 2013
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The 'live' tv performance of Revolution is a very nice kind of hybrid of the two with the backing vocals from #1 added to the fast single version.

And just for the sake of it heres the beast that is Revolution Take 20

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25 April 2013
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"The Long And Winding Road", now and for all eternity.

What the hell! Thats probably my favorite Beatles song, or at least McCartney song.. You can't honestly mean thats their worst song?!

25 April 2013
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Egroeg Evoli said

LongHairedLady said 
Oh, since I'm in this thread, I remembered that I'm also not a fan of "Revolution 1".  I very much prefer the "single version" or "Revolution".  a-hard-days-night-john-1  Sounds way better with a faster tempo.  

I agree, it does sound better faster, and I do like the "single version" better. But I like Revolution 1, too. It's sorta relaxing because of the slow-ish tempo, and there's that triple guitar note that always surprises me (I think it was an edit mistake?). And the song makes me laugh sometimes, because I imagine John lying on the floor and singing it (he actually did). a-hard-days-night-john-6

Was it "Revolution 1" he sang lying down? Huh, I thought it was the single version.

In any event, I'm kinda ambivalent about "1". The horns and the slowed tempo and the "shoo-be-doo-wahs" all combine for a sardonic flavor that feels at odds with the single version - which was recorded later, but released several months earlier. Almost like it's parodying or even negating the original. But it just doesn't have the drive of the single, and the horns sound unpleasant, so I consider "1" a failure, but a really interesting one. And that full-length epic take is even more interesting, just to hear the familiar grunts and jabbering from "Revolution 9" in their original context.

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Von Bontee said
"The Long And Winding Road", now and for all eternity.

What the hell! Thats probably my favorite Beatles song, or at least McCartney song.. You can't honestly mean thats their worst song?!

Not the "worst", no. Almost definitely my least-favourite however, although "Love Me Do" gives it good competition. I just don't care for that sort of middle-of-the-road composition. All those years I figured it was just the Spector arrangement that I didn't like, until ...Naked was released, and I found that the song itself does nothing for me. I'm hardly the only one around here who feels that way - I believe it's Joe's least-favourite too (he calls it "The Long and Boring Song"! My preferred title is "Long-Winded Road".)

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25 April 2013
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I love the single and live version of Revolution. I have to be in a certain mood or too lazy to skip the song on my White Album vinyl to listen to Revolution 1. When I listen to it I imagine John at peace rally or just surrounded by his hippy friends.  

25 April 2013
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Not much of a fan of the Spector Long and Winding Road, way too overproduced and somehome it sounds incredibly slow yet i dont think Spector slowed it down. I like the Anthology clean version but thats about it, the Naked version has one heck of a crap sounding solo.

Spector's Across The Universe is another slow boring overproduced tedious bore. Ive never been a believer in the opinion that its such a great song no producer could ruin it. Spector did and so did George Martin on the sped-up Wildlife Charity LP mix on Past Masters which also have those awful female backing vocals - thanks Paul great ideaa-hard-days-night-ringo-14.

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25 April 2013
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Von Bontee said

tkj said 

Von Bontee said
"The Long And Winding Road", now and for all eternity.

What the hell! Thats probably my favorite Beatles song, or at least McCartney song.. You can't honestly mean thats their worst song?!

Not the "worst", no. Almost definitely my least-favourite however, although "Love Me Do" gives it good competition. I just don't care for that sort of middle-of-the-road composition. All those years I figured it was just the Spector arrangement that I didn't like, until ...Naked was released, and I found that the song itself does nothing for me. I'm hardly the only one around here who feels that way - I believe it's Joe's least-favourite too (he calls it "The Long and Boring Song"! My preferred title is "Long-Winded Road".)

Yeah, Joe and I had a laugh over that one a few years back as we both called it the same thing. Then, I discovered the song had a deep meaning for mithveaen. When she expressed what it meant to her, the song took on a whole new meaning (dynamic?) for me as well. I still would not include it my top 10, but I get why it would be in others' lists.

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25 April 2013
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tkj said

Von Bontee said
"The Long And Winding Road", now and for all eternity.

What the hell! Thats probably my favorite Beatles song, or at least McCartney song.. You can't honestly mean thats their worst song?!

Not the "worst", no. Almost definitely my least-favourite however, although "Love Me Do" gives it good competition. I just don't care for that sort of middle-of-the-road composition. All those years I figured it was just the Spector arrangement that I didn't like, until ...Naked was released, and I found that the song itself does nothing for me. I'm hardly the only one around here who feels that way - I believe it's Joe's least-favourite too (he calls it "The Long and Boring Song"! My preferred title is "Long-Winded Road".)

For some reason I dont like any studio version of TLAWR very much either, but I love the live versions.. like this one, this is the best version in my opinion: 

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But now, the worst Beatle song in my opinion: A Day In The Life

Nah just kidding!.. the worst would probably be *thinking of songs with Ringo on lead vocals* .. Yellow Submarine.

25 April 2013
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Oh I really like the Past Masters version of Across The Universe xD Yep, even with those female backing vocals and everything.

Oh and I didn't read the first post too well I guess. Read over the studio albums thing.

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Oh, I'm sure the two "Past Masters" collections are considered studio albums for the purposes of this thread. I think egroeg just meant to exclude live albums and anthologies and other yucky things.

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25 April 2013
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Von Bontee said

Was it "Revolution 1" he sang lying down? Huh, I thought it was the single version.

From Joe's Revolution 1 article:

Lennon re-recorded his vocals on 4 June while lying on the floor of Abbey Road's studio three, in an attempt to make his vocals sound different.

:)

 

Von Bontee said
Oh, I'm sure the two "Past Masters" collections are considered studio albums for the purposes of this thread. I think egroeg just meant to exclude live albums and anthologies and other yucky things.

Yes, sorry. The Past Masters count, too. I just didn't want anything to be too confusing.

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25 April 2013
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I remember reading "The Love You Make" in '84, with that picture of John laying down recording the vocal, with the accompanying caption claiming that he was "too stoned" to record it standing up! [eyeroll]

(Which may still have been the case, however.)

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