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Do the non-album singles "feel" different to you?
25 January 2015
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They do, but only slightly.  Almost as if not having an associated album makes them less than whole somehow.  Rubbish of course!  They have awesome singles.  But since my first exposure to Day Tripper was on the Red 62-66 compilation, I assumed for a long time that it was on the Rubber Soul album.  Recorded during the same period of course, but was not added to the album.  I always believed it would fit nicely on Rubber Soul .  Just like Rain on Revolver !

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Some of the later singles don’t quite fit on albums to me, such as the singles side of MMT, but from I Feel Fine /She’s A Woman  up through Penny Lane /SFF they all feel like extensions of their respective albums. 

This may in part be due to the fact that I’ve had the later catalogue (Pepper and later, except LIB ) for years, but my first introduction to the earlier releases was through Steve Turner’s book A Hard Day’s Write, which lumped the articles for the singles with songs from their respective albums (and I’ve been acquiring them since). The larger part, however, is probably that the earlier singles (with the exception of She Loves You /I’ll Get You and IWTHYH/This Boy ) were mostly recorded along with the albums, whereas the later ones were sort of written as singles *looks meaningfully at Hey Jude *

So that’s my take… 

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Linde said

I don’t feel less connected to the non-album singles, but I can’t imagine most of them on any of their albums. Like, I couldn’t see The Ballad Of John And Yoko on Let it be or Abbey Road . It just doesn’t fit. 


fabfouremily said

TBOJAY sounds so different to anything else they ever did to me (as a group), I almost don’t really think of it as a Beatles song. It certainly doesn’t sound like it fits on any album.

Ron Nasty said

With The Ballad Of John And Yoko , I think there is a very obvious reason it sounds different. The lyric. While other songs had personal elements, inspirations, and/or references – Julia being a good example, or Sexy Sadie – they were never so blatant as TBoJ&Y. You could always find your own meaning in them. There is no reading of TBoJ&Y other than the obvious though. It is a newspaper article, a diary entry, with no room for your own interpretation. It is the only such rigid lyric ever released by them.

The reason why it sounds different is obvious – you did a great job of putting it into words, BTW. But the OP asked if there were any singles that feel different. This is definitely the only single that does that for/to me. The albums they released and/or were working on that surrounded this single – WA, LIB and AR – all have a feel to me. Every album does for that matter. ‘TBOJAY’ almost feels like it belongs on the WA but the echo-ey sound to it gives it a different feeling than most everything else on the album. It’s too polished to be associated with the feeling I get from LIB and it is too upbeat to be associated with the feeling I get from AR. Great song, weird feel.

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