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25 June 2014
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It is right up there with Revolution 9 for me ……   :)

“up there” or “down there?” :lol:

 

Ha ha – pick one :)

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I think they had to do something like this particularly with their sense of humour and George Martin’s connection to the Goons, an obvious influence on this song. I’m baffled by the decision not to put the whole version on Anthology, it had to be edited to work on a single, but the length couldn’t be an issue on a CD. I just love the corny yeah and the piano intro to schmaltzy lounge music. It seems everyone was making fun of jazz clubs in the late 60’s, Zappa practically made a career out of it.

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They probably didnt want a six minute song on volume 2 (same as with 12 Bar Original on the other disc) tho we did get a 6 minute Mary Jane remix on volume 3. Who knows. Maybe they were bored and wanted something to do to fill the void before lunchtime. Its Apple, they’re clueless.

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I actually really love this song. First time I heard it, I was in stitches. There’s so much silliness going on, and I kept discovering new things each time I heard it. For the most part, I’ve managed to figure out which voices are John and which are Paul, but some remain a mystery and to me, that’s part of the charm. I do wonder who’s burping near the end of the song though, and whether they put that in just to see if people would notice. First time I noticed it, I nearly fell off my chair laughing…

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For me, this track is notable for being The Beatles only foray into outright humour and, joyfully, it is musical humour.  Completely daft from start to finish, it always brings a smile to my face.  And like the best humour, it bears repeating (though not in quick succession).

And who else, at that point, would have been able to say “Sod it, we’re putting this bit of nonsense out!”?

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I’d have to disagree that it’s their “only foray into outright humour and, joyfully, it is musical humour”, @vectisfabber. The fan club Christmas recordings, especially ’65-’67, are fine displays of outright humour.

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Tho if you never had or never heard the Christmas recordings then YKMN would be the only one known as they were only ever released to fan club members (aside from an edit on the b-side of ‘Free As A Bird ). A little hidden away set of recordings those fan club christmas messages are and something everyone should savour.

Any other label and artist would have them commercially available, even if just in the Christmas period.

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Yellow Submarine ” is more than semi-humourous too, I think. 

One of the many great things about YKMN is Paul’s piano playing – with five all-different approaches to the same chord sequence, you get a sense of his versatility.

Another thing I love is the long gestation period involved in creation – their most ridiculous recording, and the only one that was more than two years in the making!

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Von Bontee said
One of the many great things about YKMN is Paul’s piano playing – with five all-different approaches to the same chord sequence, you get a sense of his versatility.

Another thing I love is the long gestation period involved in creation – their most ridiculous recording, and the only one that was more than two years in the making!

Not to mention Ringo’s versatility! MacDonald has a rather odd list of credits for the song including Ringo on vocals (anyone care to guess?) and George Harrison on vibes! Not sure where he got those from; not from Lewisohn. He writes it all off as a waste of studio time, noting that the track remains interesting only as a glimpse of their creative process preserved in its inchoate initial stages. But MacDonald rather looks down on their creative process anyway so ignore him.

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I’d guess he has Ringo on vocals from when John shouts “Ringo! Hey Ringo! Lets hear it for Denis” and then Paul starts. Never understood that part however as its clearly not just by hearing it never mind the recording details being out there.

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I’d have to disagree that it’s their “only foray into outright humour and, joyfully, it is musical humour”, @vectisfabber. The fan club Christmas recordings, especially ’65-’67, are fine displays of outright humour.

Apologies, I should have qualified by reference to recordings for sale to the general public, a category I wish the fan club records would be added to.

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Yeah, I’ll continue to ignore him, thanks! (Isn’t he right about it being George on vibes, though?) 

Agreed about Ringo’s performance too. (Not sure where his vocals come into it, though, if it all.)

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Von Bontee said

Yeah, I’ll continue to ignore him, thanks! (Isn’t he right about it being George on vibes, though?) 

Agreed about Ringo’s performance too. (Not sure where his vocals come into it, though, if it all.)

It’s anyone’s guess, there are vibes very briefly in the 5th part. George is also credited with vocals and guitar but anyone’s guess again. The bongos could be Ringo’s work.

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For many years, it was stated that Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones played sax on this song.  But lately, I have heard some people say that it was not him, but rather a session and/or jazz sax player also named Brian Jones. So we have two guys with the same name.

Have you heard this?  It was brought up in a recent issue of Beatlefan.  What are your thoughts?

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@Jolly Jimmy 

That rumour isn’t a new one. Have you read the Complete Beatles Recording Sessions by Mark Lewisohn (published in 1988)? There’s a long interview with Paul McCartney at the beginning. Here’s how it ends:

ML: Before we leave You Know My Name, was that Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones or was it Brian Jones of the Undertakers playing sax? Because people have never been too sure.

PM: It was Brian Jones of the Stones. He turned up very, very nervous with a sax, and we said “Oh, we thought you’d bring a guitar!” and he’d brought a sax. I invited him to the session. Absolutely definitely Brian of the Stones. Unequivocably, as they say.

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This track is amazing. I love it very much. I see it like kinda Beach boys ‘Smile‘ album but compressed in 4 minutes… more or less… And i found it very well placed at the end of the Past Masters …bringing in a bit of joy right after let it be.

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30 September 2015
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Strange….i came to the site to read up on this song and it’s the last song commented on!  I wondered if the reason was similar….I was referring it to someone who was talking about a certain Ronnie Pickering who’s become a viral hit on youtube and social media!  “Do you know who I am?”

But it seems to be just coincidence…but one that has persuaded me to join the forum at last!  

Fun song….and as a lifelong Beatles fan I find it impossible not to like!

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Welcome, @Timmy Mac. I just looked up the video you mentioned. LOL – the mods and Joe wouldn’t let that kind of behavior go on on this forum.

Thanks for joining us. I hope you’ll become active on the forum.

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The Beatles do Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

I like the humour and in places the spot on mimicry of musical styles…..Like the Bert Kamphat (sp) section.

 

From what I’ve seen of the Get Back sessions it’s kind of what they would do with each others songs when they were having fun.

I’m glad they recorded this…..it makes their canon sort of complete.

 

They did it all……Even recording two wonderful songs after John died. Though they’re not in the canon…….On the new album….. but obviously not canon.

 

Definitely!

 

End of!

 

Sorry I mentioned it!

 

Won’t do it again……….

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The Beatles do Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

I’m glad they recorded this…it makes their canon sort of complete.

What a great way of putting it, I totally feel that

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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