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18 March 2022
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Von Bontee
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I wouldn’t say he was on J or P’s songwriting level from the beginning, wouldn’t go that far (wasn’t as prolific, for one thing.) But his development was surely no more than a year or two behind theirs, as befitting someone a year or two younger. And I think “Don’t Bother Me ” was an ace first effort, much better than George himself apparently feels, and a much better songwriting debut than “Love Me Do “. (Writes the song himself, sings it alone and plays lead guitar – in isolation, one could hear it and assume he was the undisputed bandleader!)

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19 March 2022
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meaigs said

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Saying ‘he finally caught up on Abbey Road ‘ is false in my eyes, he was on J’s and P’s level almost from the beginning.

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I completely agree. It’s such a weird blind spot of Paul’s. He wasn’t as prolific, but at the very least how can he ignore Taxman and While My Guitar Gently Weeps ?

  

I didn’t even know that it was Paul who said that (too), I think it has also been said by certain critics and I think it’s a ridiculous statement. Maybe not from the beginning as in Don’t Bother Me , but within the span of 3-6 released songs (somewhere between Help ! and Revolver , it’s insane that it took that long!) George clearly moved within the same league as Lennon and Macca, and within a few more he solidified that position.

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20 March 2022
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George’s songs speak for themselves, and blend in perfectly with what John and Paul were doing while still having his own identity. 

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30 March 2022
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Recently I’ve been wondering about the lyric

We all know Ob-la-Di Bla-Da
But can you show me, where you are?

On the surface it appears to be a simple nod towards an earlier track on the album, a little deeper knowledge suggests it’s also a dig at Paul for making them record the song endlessly. However, ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da ‘ means ‘Life goes on’ so is George saying “we all know life goes on but won’t you show me where you are?” which opens it up to a deeper level of question and meaning?

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Yes, I think there is real annoyance with Paul, the sequel to those lines  are seen in Get Back 2 episode when Paul brings up India and George says they were there  to find themselves; because they didn’t know who they were.

 Prequel I suppose being in India, when Paul mentions  the next album and Geoge swears and says that’s not why they are there.

Is it during the White Album , George is referred to as His Holiness by the others  and he in return  no doubt thinks Paul was shallow for thinking TM was just a tool to help you relax.  

I prefer Ob-La-Di to Savoy Truffle I have to admit. But George has a point.

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Who else loves the Savoy Truffle instrumental backing track from the White Album deluxe? Something and George’s other obvious classics get more attention, but this one gets its fair share of listens for me. One of the most bouncy and infectious tunes in the catalogue. ahdn_george_08

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Timothy said
Who else loves the Savoy Truffle instrumental backing track from the White Album deluxe? Something and George’s other obvious classics get more attention, but this one gets its fair share of listens for me. One of the most bouncy and infectious tunes in the catalogue. ahdn_george_08

  

I do! I think it has such a sexy little rhythm and sneer to it. Growing up when I saw the title and listened to the track (without knowing the lyrics) I thought “the Savoy Truffle ” was a hip 60s nightclub or something…that’s always the vibe I get from it a-hard-days-night-george-4

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Timothy said
Who else loves the Savoy Truffle instrumental backing track from the White Album deluxe? Something and George’s other obvious classics get more attention, but this one gets its fair share of listens for me. One of the most bouncy and infectious tunes in the catalogue. ahdn_george_08

  

I went and found the White Album deluxe on Apple Music based on this post, and I’m very glad I did. The Savoy Truffle instrumental is a *bop*.

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A bop indeed! Great economical guitar solo too…nice to hear George writing some stuff with an R&B flavour like this one (and “Sour Milk Sea”), after a couple of years with his head in India.

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I haven’t heard the instrumental, but I think Savoy Truffle (top 20 Beatles song, did I mention that?) exists outside of those categories, because Harrisons vocals are mixed in a very unique way, they’re slightly more muted than usual, thus almost becoming an instrument in the arrangement themselves instead of a typical vocal lying on top of the arrangement, if that makes sense.

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meaigs said

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Who else loves the Savoy Truffle instrumental backing track from the White Album deluxe? Something and George’s other obvious classics get more attention, but this one gets its fair share of listens for me. One of the most bouncy and infectious tunes in the catalogue. ahdn_george_08

  

I went and found the White Album deluxe on Apple Music based on this post, and I’m very glad I did. The Savoy Truffle instrumental is a *bop*.

  

The instrumental really accentuates the spaces where the lyrics are. “I feel your taste every time we’re apart” for example really hits in a satisfying way when you’re singing along.

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Timothy said
Who else loves the Savoy Truffle instrumental backing track from the White Album deluxe? Something and George’s other obvious classics get more attention, but this one gets its fair share of listens for me. One of the most bouncy and infectious tunes in the catalogue. ahdn_george_08

  

The instrumental is amazing. Savoy Truffle has always been one of my favourite songs from The White Album and I love how it’s inspired by Eric Clapton’s penchant for chocolates.  

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