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Unbelievably Underrated Beatles Song
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trcanberra
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9 December 2013 - 4.08am

IveJustSeenAFaceo said
 

Polythene Pam (One of my absolute favorites)

Glass Onion (Possibly the most underrated song. It's brilliant) 

I'm A Loser

The Night Before

You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

One After 909 (I actually prefer the early Anthology 1 version)

For You Blue (Paul's Concert for George rendition is absolutely fantastic)

Please Please Me

She Said She Said

 

 

And there were more before I cut it down. 

 

I agree with most of them, except for Please Please Me, which was their first major hit after Love Me Do.

 

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9 December 2013 - 9.16pm

trcanberra said

IveJustSeenAFaceo said
 

Polythene Pam (One of my absolute favorites)

Glass Onion (Possibly the most underrated song. It's brilliant) 

I'm A Loser

The Night Before

You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

One After 909 (I actually prefer the early Anthology 1 version)

For You Blue (Paul's Concert for George rendition is absolutely fantastic)

Please Please Me

She Said She Said

 

 

And there were more before I cut it down. 

 

I agree with most of them, except for Please Please Me, which was their first major hit after Love Me Do.

 

I just don't think it's recognized as the classic it is. Overshadowed by Love Me Do, and later things like She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand. I think it's one of the best songs of the 1962-65 era, but it doesn't get that much recognition. 

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Linde
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9 December 2013 - 9.48pm

I agree with that, while it was #1, it doesn't get the recognition it deserves imo. I also think it's a way stronger song than Love Me Do.

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9 December 2013 - 10.03pm

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DayInTheLife said
Tell Me What You See is very underrated indeed. I also think that I Don't Want Spoil The Party, I've Just Seen A Face and I'm Looking Through You are underrated.

I'd agree with all except I Don't Want To Spoil The Party. Just doesn't do anything for me. Tell Me What You See is also very underrated. 

I'd also like to throw out that I really like Don't Bother Me, I think it's pretty underrated.

I second the love for Don't Bother Me. Even George didn't think it was great but I adore it. I love the moody tone and George's gruff vocals. And it was the first full song he ever wrote! If I could write songs like that I'd be ecstatic. 

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9 December 2013 - 10.24pm

Linde said
I agree with that, while it was #1, it doesn't get the recognition it deserves imo. I also think it's a way stronger song than Love Me Do.

These sorts of posts baffle me - I'm not having a go at you L; but I am shaking my head at many of the 'underrated' posts on this forum.  What sort of recognition do you think it deserves that it hasn't already had?  Apart from being number one, recognized by most people as better than Love Me Do, included on almost every compilation album out there - what more could it have?

 

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10 December 2013 - 3.57am

trcanberra said

Linde said
I agree with that, while it was #1, it doesn't get the recognition it deserves imo. I also think it's a way stronger song than Love Me Do.

These sorts of posts baffle me - I'm not having a go at you L; but I am shaking my head at many of the 'underrated' posts on this forum.  What sort of recognition do you think it deserves that it hasn't already had?  Apart from being number one, recognized by most people as better than Love Me Do, included on almost every compilation album out there - what more could it have?

 

I agree to some extent.  With the Beatles' oeuvre, you have the unsual case of most of the songs being already appreciated.  The few stragglers are usually obscure songs from their very early days, and (with a few exceptions) after one listens to them, one sees why they don't quite measure up.

I suppose there are some songs among the vast body of known and appreciated songs that nobody seems to talk about much, and so one could relegate them to the "Underrated" category perhaps.  "Good Morning", for example, comes to mind...

 

 

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18 December 2013 - 7.28pm

That would definitely be Old Brown Shoe. I'm also a bit sad that John didn't like Dig A Pony as it is one of my favorite songs.

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18 December 2013 - 9.20pm

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That would definitely be Old Brown Shoe. I'm also a bit sad that John didn't like Dig A Pony as it is one of my favorite songs.

I'd agree on both of those. Old Brown Shoe might be (this is just off the top of my head) their 3rd best B-side. (behind Rain and Revolution) That's only a compliment if you're talking about the Beatles, huh? 

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18 December 2013 - 10.13pm

ScrambledEggs said
That would definitely be Old Brown Shoe. I'm also a bit sad that John didn't like Dig A Pony as it is one of my favorite songs.

It's very hard to know what John really did and didn't like as when asked about them his opinion changed based on his mood and how he was feeling about the Beatles at the time.  I also think he is one of those artists who is never quite satisfied with what he has done so it is hard to get a good view of how they really ranked in his thinking.

 

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18 December 2013 - 11.16pm

I myself have an entire LIST of underrated tunes, being...

 And yeah, the ones mentioned earlier, of course! Pretty much b-sides in general, expected to be underrated.

The only, like, music-history level notable b-sides I've heard are I Am The Walrus, and Earth Angel by The Penguins. Yeah! Earth Angel was a b-side to some song called Hey Señorita!

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19 December 2013 - 12.09am

^ Nice list, but once again I don't agree that a number one song (Ballad of John and Yoko) can be classified as underrated.  That one even had a lot of controversy over the use of the word 'Christ' - so got a LOT of press.  Once again I will ask the question that no one in all these 'underrated' threads has yet answered:

What sort of recognition do you think it deserves that it hasn't already had?

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19 December 2013 - 12.16am

trcanberra said
^ Nice list, but once again I don't agree that a number one song (Ballad of John and Yoko) can be classified as underrated.  That one even had a lot of controversy over the use of the word 'Christ' - so got a LOT of press.  Once again I will ask the question that no one in all these 'underrated' threads has yet answered:

What sort of recognition do you think it deserves that it hasn't already had?

The only way to have an underrated thread is to answer that by saying one that doesn't get a lot of recognition. One that a) is not really known by the non Beatle-obsessed public, or b) is disliked by the Beatle-obsessed community, but like by you. My main one is probably For You Blue, for example. Most people outside of Beatle fans don't know what it is, and a lot within the Beatles community, it is kind of ignored. You have to grade on a curve. 

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19 December 2013 - 12.26am

IveJustSeenAFaceo said

trcanberra said
^ Nice list, but once again I don't agree that a number one song (Ballad of John and Yoko) can be classified as underrated.  That one even had a lot of controversy over the use of the word 'Christ' - so got a LOT of press.  Once again I will ask the question that no one in all these 'underrated' threads has yet answered:

What sort of recognition do you think it deserves that it hasn't already had?

The only way to have an underrated thread is to answer that by saying one that doesn't get a lot of recognition. One that a) is not really known by the non Beatle-obsessed public, or b) is disliked by the Beatle-obsessed community, but like by you. My main one is probably For You Blue, for example. Most people outside of Beatle fans don't know what it is, and a lot within the Beatles community, it is kind of ignored. You have to grade on a curve. 

Agreed - and I think you used a great example.  While it may not seem that way, I really like these threads - they make me reconsider songs I may not have paid a lot of attention to.  It's just when folks throw in some of their better known, number one, top-selling, highly publicised songs that I start to question them.  We have had two examples in these lists recently - songs that were on 1, which was one of the biggest selling albums this century, and yet they were underrated?

 

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22 December 2013 - 4.53pm

*whistles*

 

No but really, I think IveJustSeenAFace has a point there. And uses a good example as well.

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22 December 2013 - 6.38pm

Linde said
*whistles*

 

No but really, I think IveJustSeenAFace has a point there. And uses a good example as well

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23 December 2013 - 11.20am

Whoops, I'm sorry!

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23 December 2013 - 7.59pm

Linde said
Whoops, I'm sorry!

Ah, no hard feelings.

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"In My Life" is one of my favourite Beatles songs, and although it's highly acclaimed by the fans, the song isn't as recognisable as "Hey Jude" or "Let it Be". It's definitely underrated because not a lot of people besides the fans have heard it, and it's an amazing song. 

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15 January 2014 - 8.38pm

Long, Long, Long. It is an incredibly powerful, emotional masterpiece. 

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I read thru a couple of pages and the recurring thought……..That song isn't under-rated came again and again.

 

So I'll add to that……… 'Please Please Me' I personally underrated this early outing, until I heard Paul close one of his American concerts with it. So many hooks in this 2 and a bit minutes. Went down well with the crowd too. Don't know why he's dispensed with it unless it went down too well…...

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