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A personal revisitation
13 April 2015
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Enjoyed reading it all.

We are in harmony on most things, a few opinions I don't agree with but thank you for putting together a comprehensive review
(PS Within You, Without You is a terrible song but what do I know? LOL)

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The Beatles are English - They have influences from all over - but they are English

14 April 2015
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chrisredditch said
(PS Within You, Without You is a terrible song but what do I know? LOL)

Funny thing is, I would have once agreed with you, but it has grown on me after many decades! brian-epstein

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14 April 2015
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vectisfabber said
 I revisited the albums, track by track, in chronological order.  I emphasise that what follows is entirely personal - the point of view of someone who has listened to the canon perhaps a little too often (if that is possible), trying to reconnect with what meant so very much to me in my teens.  Comments - agreement, disagreement, observation - are of course all welcome, and I hope that what follows - and the exercise itself - is of some interest.

Only problem with revisiting the albums in canon order is, you missed out on the all important "Singles" along the way.http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk38/rickdelsie/The%20Beatles/parlunread_zps28270d9d.gif

 

  Pretty big songs you missed out on, starting with "From Me To You ", "She Loves You ", "I Want To Hold Your Hand ", "Long Tall Sally ", "I Feel Fine ", "We Can Work It Out ", "Day Tripper ", "Paperback Writer "...etc!  You get the picture. apple01

The Past Masters don't put the Singles in perspective, as you don't get to hear them while your visiting the albums in chronological order. a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

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14 April 2015
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Bongo said

vectisfabber said
 I revisited the albums, track by track, in chronological order.  I emphasise that what follows is entirely personal - the point of view of someone who has listened to the canon perhaps a little too often (if that is possible), trying to reconnect with what meant so very much to me in my teens.  Comments - agreement, disagreement, observation - are of course all welcome, and I hope that what follows - and the exercise itself - is of some interest.

Only problem with revisiting the albums in canon order is, you missed out on the all important "Singles" along the way.http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk38/rickdelsie/The%20Beatles/parlunread_zps28270d9d.gif

 

  Pretty big songs you missed out on, starting with "From Me To You ", "She Loves You ", "I Want To Hold Your Hand ", "Long Tall Sally ", "I Feel Fine ", "We Can Work It Out ", "Day Tripper ", "Paperback Writer "...etc!  You get the picture. apple01

The Past Masters don't put the Singles in perspective, as you don't get to hear them while your visiting the albums in chronological order. a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

Very true.  It was a toss-up between doing it in a way which was tidy/convenient and enabled me to deal with things in blocks, mostly chronological but sacrificing putting the non-album singles in their relevant spots, or going purist but bitty and piecemeal.  I'm afraid, faced with an easy option and a not-so-easy option, it was no contest!

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14 April 2015
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I hear you.  This is the bonus of iTunes where you can put it in chronological order.  Just hit play and stop when you've had enough.

As some of you've heard me complain about that Apple USB that was released in 2009.  They had a chance to do it right, instead they just put the 13 LPs and Past Masters . NO singles!!!!!!!!!!!! apple01 NO History! apple02 (Not even the UK Magical Mystery Tour  EP!)

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14 April 2015
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The Beatles Christmas Album

I shan’t comment year by year. Each of these has charm, but I especially like:
1. 1963, where they are clearly thrilled with what has happened, and revelling in delivering a thank you to their fans;
2. 1966, where there are so many memorable bits in the recording which I still pull out and use at the slightest opportunity – “Then we’ll remember”, for instance;
3. All the musical bits, even “Plenty Of Jamjars” by the Ravellers;
4. The final record, so well edited by Kenny Everett, yet so poignant in that it is four individuals, not The Beatles.

Isn’t it time this album was finally issued in studio quality? Surely the Fan Club members wouldn’t be all that annoyed at this distance in time?

14 April 2015
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Live At The BBC

Beatle Greetings (Speech)
From Us To You – good to hear the familiarity of FMTY tweaked into a group personalization towards fans.
Riding On A Bus (Speech)
I Got A Woman – decent shuffling funk from John.
Too Much Monkey Business – decent shuffling funk from John.
Keep Your Hands Off My Baby – an absolute delight. It is almost the last thing I ever thought I would hear from The Fabs, but it’s done with some enthusiasm.
I'll Be On My Way – a throwaway Lennon/McCartney turns out to be a nice Beatles version.
Young Blood – forgettable. It does nothing for me.
A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues – John could really dial into the whole R+B thing (when R+B WAS R+B). Another good one.
Sure To Fall (In Love With You) – this is a good version and shows the affinity they had for it, as opposed to the cringe-making desperately scared Decca audition version.
Some Other Guy – good.
Thank You Girl
Sha La La La La! (Speech)
Baby It's You
That's All Right (Mama) – not bad.
Carol – OK.
Soldier Of Love – simply wonderful. I would have LOVED to have seen this as the BBC single instead of the dull and boring Baby It’s You. This has a great vocal and great supporting vocals, and is one of the very best BBC tracks.
A Little Rhyme (Speech)
Clarabella – OK (doesn’t do much for me).
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) – a bit of a quirky one. I like it.
Crying, Waiting, Hoping – nice one, George.
Dear Wack! (Speech)
You Really Got A Hold On Me
To Know Her Is To Love Her – I know John liked it, but it doesn’t really excite me.
A Taste Of Honey
Long Tall Sally
I Saw Her Standing There
The Honeymoon Song – I always liked this ever since Paul dug it up for Mary Hopkin. Good to hear a Beatles version of it.
Johnny B Goode – a decent version.
Memphis, Tennessee – similar comments to To Know Her Is To Love Her, really.
Lucille – see Clarabella.
Can't Buy Me Love
From Fluff To You (Speech)
Till There Was You
Crinsk Dee Night (Speech)
A Hard Day's Night – interesting to hear it with the cut-in bridge, and one wonders why. It’s not as if they didn’t do it live.
Have A Banana (Speech)
I Wanna Be Your Man
Just A Rumour (Speech)
Roll Over Beethoven
All My Loving
Things We Said Today
She's A Woman
Sweet Little Sixteen – decent enough cover.
1822! (Speech)
Lonesome Tears in My Eyes – good.
Nothin' Shakin' – very good.
The Hippy Hippy Shake – I like it.
Glad All Over – wonky, but fun.
I Just Don't Understand – off the wall, and very good listening because of that.
So How Come (No One Loves Me) - excellent
I Feel Fine
I'm A Loser – I like the lyrical tweak.
Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
Rock And Roll Music
Ticket To Ride
Dizzy Miss Lizzy – better than the Help ! version.
Kansas City /Hey Hey Hey Hey!
Set Fire To That Lot! (Speech)
Matchbox
I Forgot To Remember To Forget – the song isn’t that good, but they do it OK.
Love These Goon Shows (Speech)
I Got To Find My Baby – on a par with the other John R+B tracks.
Ooh! My Soul – more Paul Little Richard. Not keen.
Ooh! My Arms (Speech)
Don't Ever Change – I love this. One of my two or three favourite tracks.
Slow Down
Honey Don't – good to hear John’s voice doing this (and to hear it start without the timing being screwed up).
Love Me Do

Where there is no comment, I have nothing to add to my original comments on the album where the song first appeared.
I remember hearing the first Beatles At The Beeb programme in 1982 and being bowled over at the amount of stuff I had never heard (this is pre-internet, and bootlegs never made it down to the Isle of Wight). Hooray for my off-air cassette recording!

After years of familiarity, there are still some tracks which just blow me away, Soldier Of Love being the main one. Many of the others have a With The Beatles dated same-ness about them – they are fine, but nothing particularly special. They do make me wish I’d seen them live pre-fame, though, when they were doing all this stuff and loving it, and you could hear them.

14 April 2015
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On Air – Live At The BBC vol 2

And Here We Are Again (Speech)
Words Of Love
How About It, Gorgeous? (Speech)
Do You Want To Know A Secret
Lucille
Hey, Paul... (Speech)
Anna (Go To Him)
Hello! (Speech)
Please Please Me
Misery
I'm Talking About You
A Real Treat (Speech)
Boys
Absolutely Fab (Speech)
Chains
Ask Me Why
Till There Was You
Lend Me Your Comb – previously released on Anthology but it’s first appearance on my lists. A decent cover.
Lower 5E (Speech)
The Hippy Hippy Shake
Roll Over Beethoven
There's A Place – nice to hear a live version of this.
Bumper Bundle (Speech)
PS I Love You
Please Mister Postman
Beautiful Dreamer – an odd one, to be sure, but I’m glad it exists.
Devil In Her Heart
The 49 Weeks (Speech)
Sure To Fall (In Love With You)
Never Mind, Eh? (Speech)
Twist And Shout
Bye, Bye (speech)
John - Pop Profile (Speech)
George - Pop Profile (Speech
I Saw Her Standing There
Glad All Over
Lift Lid Again (Speech)
I'll Get You
She Loves You
Memphis, Tennessee
Happy Birthday Dear Saturday Club
Now Hush, Hush (Speech)
From Me To You
Money (That's What I Want)
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Brian Bathtubes (Speech)
This Boy
If I Wasn't In America (Speech)
I Got A Woman
Long Tall Sally
If I Fell – and good to hear a live version of this, too.
A Hard Job Writing Them (Speech)
And I Love Her
Oh, Can't We? Yes We Can (Speech)
You Can't Do That
Honey Don't
I'll Follow The Sun
Green With Black Shutters (Speech)
Kansas City /Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!
That's What We're Here For (Speech)
I Feel Fine (studio outtake)
Paul - Pop Profile (Speech)
Ringo - Pop Profile (Speech)

Little here by way of comment. It annoys me that a bunch of largely unnecessary material makes it to official release, when there is so much still under lock and key.

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