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The Official "Choosing between two Beatlethings" thread
26 August 2019
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Taxman . Taxman isn't one of my favourite songs as a whole, but the 'ahh-ahh Mr Wiiiilson, ahh-ahh Mr Heath' and that solo make the song for me. I love the Raga influence, and how aggressive and loud it is. 

Slow Abbey Road songs with lovely harmonies: Because or Sun King

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I'm going to have to go with Because , simply because I'm rather attached and have a lot of memories surrounding it. I also find it much more interesting lyrically. (I love Sun King too, but it's a bit of a no-brainer).

Slow, slightly creepy songs off Somewhere In England: Writing's On The Wall or Life Itself?

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"Life Itself" would be my pick. It's just the right amount of calming-creep, where the slight creepy feeling comes naturally without concentrating it too much.

Song debuts: "All You Need Is Love " on 'Our World' or "I've Got A Feeling " on the Apple rooftop?

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28 August 2019
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All You Need Is Love on Our World. It was watched by so many people around the world, I think that makes it that much more epic.

Two-part Len&Mac harmonies: Baby's In Black or If I Fell ?

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"If I Fell " would be my pick. For two reasons: 

1) I myself couldn't really understand all the fuss about "Baby's In Black ". I don't dislike it, and I do like it to a good extent; however I don't think it's as great as people say it is and I myself prefer "No Reply " and "I'm A Loser " to a much greater extent comparative to this song.

2) Paul and John's harmonies on "If I Fell " are so heartfelt and innocent that it almost moves my heart. Especially during the chorus, when it sounds like their souls are pleading to whomever the subject of this song to love the singer back.

"Revolver " LSD-fuelled side closers: "She Said She Said " or "Tomorrow Never Knows "

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She Said She Said because it's my favorite song on Revolver . That guitar sound just gets me good.

Revolver side openers: Taxman or Good Day Sunshine ?

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30 August 2019
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"Sunshine" doesn't have a great deal going for it rhythmically, whereas "Taxman " has that tight Beatlefunk beat. 1 for "Sunshine", 19 for "Taxman "!

"Nowhere Man " or "Good Morning"?

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Nowhere Man . Absolutely love it. An example of John making a feeling seem universal. 

Honey Pie or Martha My Dear ?

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Martha My Dear . I can't say I'm a huge fan of Honey Pie , as I find it rather annoying and pointless and I actually prefer Wild Honey Pie because at least it's over faster. Martha My Dear , on the other hand, I remember really liking even before I knew who it was about (and then, of course, I liked it even more).

Rocky Raccoon : Final version, or version where Rocky lived (take 8)? 

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Rocky Raccoon final version would be my pick. Perhaps this is because I prefer the guitar work of the official release more, or maybe the honky-tonk piano in the official release. 

I feel it's worth mentioning that Rocky Racoon didn't die (at least from my perspective), but merely gave up on the spite that plagued his heart against Dan.

Vocal Performance: "I Should Have Known Better " or "I've Got A Feeling "

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I’ve Got A Feeling. I believe this song to be one of Paul’s best vocals. The transition from Paul’s strength to John’s floaty head voice is heart. Then when the two parts overlap and tie in with George’s lead guitar is magical beatlemaniacs_02_gif.

Album closers: Tomorrow Never Knows or A Day In The Life ?

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"A Day In The Life ". "Tomorrow Never Knows " is a great album closer to one of the greatest albums of all time, but honestly speaking it doesn't hold a candle to "A Day In The Life ". The short instrumental bridge between Paul and John is one of, if not the, most transcendental moment in musical history, and will likely remain so till the end of time.

The Best "I Forgot This Song Was A Thing, But I Will Roll With It" Category: "Flying " or "Maggie Mae "

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"Maggie Mae " frustrates by ending unresolved, whereas "Flying " is completed; I choose "Flying ".

The Warsi or The Twist?

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"Let's twist again like we did last summer". Brilliant.

 

'This One' or 'This Song'?

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I prefer This Song, because it's just classic George and makes me laugh every time (a bit like Sue Me Sue You Blues). This One is okay, but it's always struck me as a little too cheesy.

Venus And Mars or Venus And Mars (Reprise)? 

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Von Bontee said
"Maggie Mae " frustrates by ending unresolved, whereas "Flying " is completed; I choose "Flying ".

The Warsi or The Twist?

  

Shoulda been "The Watusi", obv blue-meanie

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StrawberryFields91 said
I prefer This Song, because it's just classic George and makes me laugh every time (a bit like Sue Me Sue You Blues). This One is okay, but it's always struck me as a little too cheesy.

Venus And Mars or Venus And Mars (Reprise)? 

  

I must say that the reprise is a less better version than the original, much like with "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band".

'Dylan's Yer Dealer': "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away " or "I've Should Have Known Better".

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I'm not sure if I Should Have Known Better is really considered to be influenced by Dylan (a more probable source of inspiration is Cathy's Clown) so based on your criteria I'd have to go for You've Got To Hide Your Love Away .

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It is generally considered by many that "I Should've Known Better" has a big influence in Dylan's music at the time, most notably the Dylan-esque harmonica riff at the beginning and John's strained vocals. However, it should be noted that "I Should've Known Better" was possibly also influenced by Bruce Channel's "Hey Baby", though I do not think it's the case.

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To answer the question: I Should Have Known Better . Great scene in AHDN and generally a better song.

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