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A song that blew you away when you first heard it
1 June 2021
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What Beatles’ song just took your breath away when you first heard it, or made an enormous and memorable impression that first time?  Relate the circumstances or the reason it impressed you.

 

For me, I can remember hearing “If I Needed Someone ” the first time.  The Beatle harmonies, George singing lead, and the jangling 12-string by George, especially that last one. I thought at the time that it sounded a lot like “Turn Turn Turn” by the Byrds (only to find out decades later that the Byrds copied George’s 12-string use, and then this track was actually a response to that Byrds’ hit.

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The Abbey Road medley. I was so staggered at the flow and the perfection of it, I actually spoke to my Dad about it soon after like it was a new discovery for him and the world, even though I knew it had been in existence for decades. That medley blew my mind and I wanted people to hear this thing now.

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Literally every single one of them… except “Here Comes The Sun “. I heard that song as a kid on “Bee Movie”… it’s kind of a meme for me now.

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Helter Skelter is one that comes to mind…

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You know my name…

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"I Need You by George Harrison"

1 June 2021
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I can think of maybe a dozen Beatles tracks that floored me upon first hearing, while I was slowly, steadily amassing their music between ages 12 and 19, but two stand out: 

I Saw Her Standing There ” – When I first paid a dollar or less for “Meet The Beatles”, my first longplayer by our beloved moptops, I had no expectations that I’d enjoy anything except for the single song I recognized, the opening track, the one about holding your hand. I certainly didn’t expect that any old band from the 60s (older than my parents, even!) could produce an exciting rock n roll song as hard, fast, lean and propulsive as the New Wave-rs were then doing. But faster than you can say “One, two, three, FAW!!“, I was convinced, and then some. Don’t recall if I actually moved the needle back to replay “Standing There” immediately, or let Side One finish before restarting it, but I definitely played it again before much delay. I consider this song my functional “introduction” to the Beatles (which it wasn’t at all, really)

That’s one track; I’ll write about the other later…

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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions, Marvin Gaye. PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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Lovely Rita . The harmonies floored me, and continue to send tingles up & down my spine to this day.

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She Said She Said

something about rockers in B flat, I tells ya

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I like this thread. Mine was definitely Dr Robert – “Well Well Well you’re feeling fine” I get tingly just typing it. I’ve spent years searching for that same feeling, and only find it every so often when I listen to Revolver . The harmonies on that album absolutely floor me. I Want To Tell You – “I’ve got tiiiiiiiiime”

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I used I Want You (She’s So Heavy) as a intro and outro for a university assignment about ten years ago now, because I was so obsessed with that instrumental. 

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…OK, when I heard “I Saw Her…”, I was just beginning my Beatle fanship. By August 1986, six years later, I was a rabid fan, but still had yet to hear everything – most notably, the bulk of Rubber Soul and Revolver . “Tomorrow Never Knows ” was a track I’d been very anxious to experience since reading all the lore surrounding its inspiration and creation, in “The Love You Make” and elsewhere. Anyways, I finally got to hear it while babysitting for my cousin, and it actually far exceeded my anticipation – I was expecting something slow and drony like “Within You…” instead of a cataclysmic Ringo drum attack. Indeed, within the first 30 seconds I found it more mindblowing than anything on Pepper.

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“I must admit they have a rocking band
Man, they were blowing like a hurricane”

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I saw the thread title and immediately thought of my experience with Mother Nature’s Son .

I believe I first heard it after having found it online a few months after I got into The Beatles. Oftentimes, songs need a couple of listens before I get to know and love them, but with Mother Nature’s Son , it became immediately apparent to me how beautiful and calming it was. Right then and there, I knew that no more listens would be necessary for any other purpose than to enjoy it all over again. To this day, it remains one of my top favourites.

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5 June 2021
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I’m going to have to go with P. S. I love you. I mean who saw that postscript coming? 

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It usually takes me a couple of listens to start loving a song, but I can remember two songs I absolutely loved at first listen: Tomorrow Never Knows and Fixing A Hole

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Actually, 3 songs: Magical Mystery Tour truly blew me away and still does. So much detail in that song!

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The Hole Got Fixed said
Actually, 3 songs: Magical Mystery Tour truly blew me away and still does. So much detail in that song!

  

underrated song

amazing rhythm section stuff on that one

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I’m venturing into solo territory but #9 Dream counts for me. What an ethereal, incredible song. Particularly from 2.09 onwards with the dream, dream away section. 

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CakeMaestor said
Literally every single one of them… except “Here Comes The Sun “. I heard that song as a kid on “Bee Movie”… it’s kind of a meme for me now.

  

Ya like jazz?

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CakeMaestor said
Literally every single one of them… except “Here Comes The Sun “. I heard that song as a kid on “Bee Movie”… it’s kind of a meme for me now.

  

The Bee movie would the perfect meme film if only the Beatles Version of “Here Comes The Sun ” was used.

As for me, “I Am The Walrus “, “Back In The USSR “, and “Come Together ” were ones I remember loving after my first listen. 

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