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Miscellaneous questions about the Beatles
20 February 2017
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Plot twist: not all shoes are made of leather, I know, amazing right?!

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HMBeatlesfan said
Shoes are for losers and I don't think The Beatles would wear half sizes, nor that Paul McCartney would wear shoes, nor that The Beatles all share the same shoe size.  

In the early days John, Paul, George, Pete and Stu would share the same shoe never mind the same shoe size. Each would take one step and then pass it around. One night Pete took two steps and that signalled the end. 

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What did The Beatles think of each other's solo music, like what did Paul think of John, George, and Ringo's music, John with Paul, George, and Ringo's music, George with John, Paul, Ringo, and Ringo with John, Paul, and George.

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I can't answer for all four and for all the years, but here's what John Lennon had to say about All Things Must Pass  and McCartney during his 1970 Rolling Stone interviews:

WENNER:

 What do you think of George’s album?

LENNON:

 I don’t know... I think it’s all right, you know. Personally, at home, I wouldn’t play that kind of music, I don’t want to hurt George’s feelings, I don’t know what to say about it. I think it’s better than Paul’s.

WENNER:

 What did you think of Paul’s?

LENNON:

 I thought Paul’s was rubbish. I think he’ll make a better one, when he’s frightened into it. But I thought that first one was just a lot of... Remember what I told you when it came out? “Light and easy,” You know that crack. But then I listen to the radio and I hear George’s stuff coming over, well then it’s pretty bloody good. My personal tastes are very strange, you know.

Keep in mind that this was in 1970.

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Talking to David Sheff for Playboy in September 1980:

LENNON: … Somebody asked me what I thought of [McCartney II ] and I made some remark like, I thought he was depressed and sad. But then I realised I hadn't listened to the whole damn thing. I heard one track... the hit Coming Up , which I thought was a good piece of work. Then I heard something else that sounded like he was depressed. But I don't follow their work. I don't follow Wings, you know. I don't give a shit what Wings is doing or what George's new album is doing, or what Ringo is doing. I'm not interested, no more than I am in what Elton John or Bob Dylan is doing. It's not callousness, it's just that I'm too busy living my own life to be following what other people are doing, whether they're the Beatles or guys I went to college with or people I had intense relationships with before I met the Beatles.

SHEFF: Besides Coming Up , what do you think of Paul's work since he left the Beatles?

LENNON: I kind of admire the way Paul started back from scratch, forming a new band and playing in small dance halls, because that's what he wanted to do with the Beatles... he wanted to go back to the dance halls and experience that again. But I didn't. That was one of the problems, in a way, that he wanted to relive it all or something... I don't know what it was. But I kind of admire the way he got off his pedestal. Now he's back on it again, but I mean, he did what he wanted to do. That's fine, but it's just not what I wanted to do.

SHEFF: What about the music?

LENNON: The Long And Winding Road was the last gasp from him. Although I haven't really listened.

Certainly, much of this display of a lack of interest in what the others were doing is disingenuous.

Behind the scenes we know plans were being made for John to contribute to Ringo's upcoming album [Stop and Smell the Roses], and John can be heard responding disparagingly to Dylan's Slow Train Coming album on the 5 September 1979 "diary tape" - roughly a fortnight after its release, before returning time and again over the next few months to his response to Dylan's Gotta Serve Somebody, the often vitriolic Serve Yourself .

Not really the actions of a man who had lost interest in his peers.

That he wasn't listening is as much a myth as his guitar not coming off the wall for five years.

Paul chose John's Beautiful Boy as one of his Desert Island Discs when he appeared on the BBC Radio 4 show in January 1982, there is video of Paul reacting to it:

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John liked 'Monkberry Moon Delight '. In 1974 as a guest radio presenter John said he wanted to play it but as the station didn't have it he'd have to go with something else, which I think was 'Jet ' but could be wrong.

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22 February 2017
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Thanks guys, but why did you use comic sans Ron Nasty.

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22 February 2017
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Here is George talking about the album McCartney on WABC 5/1/70

Q: "I guess you've heard Paul's album."

GEORGE: "Yeah."

Q: "What did you think?"

GEORGE: "'That Would Be Something ' and 'Maybe I'm Amazed ' I think are great. And everything else I think is fair, you know -- is quite good -- but umm, a little disappointing. But I don't know. Maybe I shouldn't be disappointed, maybe... It's best not to expect anything and then everything's bonus, you know. I think those two tracks in particular are really very good. And the others, I mean, just don't do much for me. Because I can hear other people play better drums and guitars and things. And the arrangements of some of these songs like... 'Teddy Boy ,' and 'Junk,' and stuff -- with a little bit more arrangement they could've sounded better. I suppose it was the only thing he felt he could do at the time, you know, and he started off just testing his machine. Eddie Cochran did something like that, though, didn't he. 'Summertime Blues' and 'Come On Everybody' he played bass, guitar, drums."

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George on 'London Town'

Do you like the music Paul is making now?
I think it's inoffensive. I've always preferred Paul's good melodies to his screaming rock & roll tunes. The tune I thought was sensational on the London Town album was "I'm Carrying," but all the noisy, beaty things I'm not into at all. But then that's not only with Paul's music, that goes right across the board. I'm not a fan of that sort of punky, heavy, tinny stuff. I like a nice melody.

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Thanks guys, nice to know.

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@Joe or anyone else with a lot of Beatles logic but preferably Joe, do you know if these notes are authentic or not.

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Totally real. Myself and @Ahhh Girl saw them at The Beatles Story last October.

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That's what I think but when I mentioned these to beatlesebooks, he claimed that because he can't prove that they are real, he's not going to edit his site according to the notes, which means he still believes that John played acoustic guitar on Another Girl instead of George and that George used a Strat on I Need You instead of the Rickenbacker he actually used. He did however say that if a credible source can confirm these notes are real, he will believe them and I was hoping Joe would be that guy, as he is a professional at the subject. What should I do to convince him otherwise.

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HMBeatlesfan said
That's what I think but when I mentioned these to beatlesebooks, he claimed that because he can't prove that they are real, he's not going to edit his site according to the notes, which means he still believes that John played acoustic guitar on Another Girl instead of George and that George used a Strat on I Need You instead of the Rickenbacker he actually used. He did however say that if a credible source can confirm these notes are real, he will believe them and I was hoping Joe would be that guy, as he is a professional at the subject. What should I do to convince him otherwise.  

Take him to see the notes in Liverpool.

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My music teacher approached me and asked me to do an arrangement of some Beatles songs for a medley for our senior band as a major assessment task!paul-mccartneya-hard-days-night-paul-7a-hard-days-night-john-6

It should be maybe 4-6 songs, and I've decided to start it with A Hard Day's Night , but which other songs should I do? I don't mind doing something slightly less known, but it has to be at least semi-known, and a song I like. 

Any song ideas? Please? This is a bit daunting, and maybe I bit off more than I can chew, and any help would be appreciated!

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Ooh, I'd be happy to suggest some! a-hard-days-night-george-9

How about Hey Jude ? Maybe Revolution /Revolution 1 ? I dunno, these two/three came to mind immediately and I thought I might as well give them a shot!a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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You have mentioned that your school has a Gibson Les Paul, so I am going to make this setlist based of their classic rock/blues rock era, so The Beatles, Abbey Road , and Let It Be , the albums which George used Lucy on so here we go:

Setlist:

Come Together

Revolution

Let It Be

Get Back

Hey Jude

Or alternatively, if you want to go throughout their discography in order while covering all key eras, I can help there too:

Setlist:

A Hard Day's Night

Ticket To Ride

Strawberry Fields Forever

Come Together

Let It Be

Encore:

25 seconds of silence

Free As A Bird

The End

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These suggestions are wonderful, thank you both greatly!

However, I just remembered I forgot some critical information:

1. The songs have to flow together, something akin to Blackbird /Yesterday on LOVE.

2. These are the instruments I have to work with (note the lack of piano and guitar):

Flutes

Clarinets, and bass clarinet

Alto, tenor and baritone saxophones

Trumpets

Trombones

French Horna-hard-days-night-john-6

Baritone Horn

Tenor Horn

Euphonium

Bass Guitar

Drums

Various other percussion instruments, including but not limited to Timpani, Tambourine, Cowbell, Orchestral Bass Drum, etc.

 

So you can see why Hey Jude and Revolution would be just too hard to arrange for these instruments, @WeepingAtlasCedars, and @Dark Overlord, Let It Be , Come Together , and Strawberry Fields Forever would be diabolical as well. 

Get Back makes the shortlist, which I'm hoping to get to 10 before deciding.

 

Oh, yet another thing: This is my major assignment for year 10 music, so I can't f*** this up...paul-mccartneypaul-mccartneypaul-mccartneypaul-mccartney

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Yay, there are saxophones involved that's enough for me to try and find some songs.a-hard-days-night-john-6

Unfortunately, I only have a vague idea which songs you like and which you don't like but I'll try my best.  A syou said you want to start with A Hard Day's Night .

Afterwards, you could maybe play Got To Get You Into My Life . It's easy to play with the instruments you've got. Additionally, the key is the same (G) and it would be a nice sudden start after the fading out of A Hard Day's Night

At the end of GTGYIML you could play the dominant of G (D7) but not go back to G but rather into a false cadence into the parallel minor key Em.Then you have the key Eleanor Rigby  is in and it would be a nice variety if you play a calm song after two loud ones. And it is also quite popular and easy to arrange.

You could also play Sgt Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band (which is in G, good if you were in Em before) this works well with wind instruments too I suppose and maybe play With A Little Help From My Friends right away because the transition is already composed for you here. I know that the piano is pretty prominent on this song and you haven't got one but I think in that case you could play the chords with an arrangement of wind instruments too without any problem.

Ok, when you're in E now you could go to A easily since E is the dominant of A. There are a few well-known songs in A maybe you can even play Here Comes The Sun although you haven't got a guitar because it would probably also work out with flutes or soft clarinets. Birthday is in A too but I am not quite sure how easy it is to arrange. Magical Mystery Tour is another suitable song for your instrumentation and in E which matches the previous songs very well.

That's everything that crosses my mind right now, it's so difficult to keep the instrumentation and the key and the popularity of the songs in mind.

Good Luck with your assignment!!!

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How about All My Loving a la Duke Ellington?

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