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In this thread I rank my favorite Beatles songs: 204-1.

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21 hours ago, Getzlaf15 said:

With a Little Help from my friends

I'm changing your #1 to this.

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129.  Tell Me Why (A Hard Day's Night, 1964)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

Mr. krista:  "That’s a great jam.  Ringo’s drumming is particularly good.  He’s super-fast on the fills."

Suggested cover:  It's a @rockaction special!  The Beach Boys

128.  Another Girl (Help!, 1965)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

Mr krista:  [singing] "'I don't want to say that I've been, unhappy with you.' Guitar playing was awesome, great bluesy guitar.  If The Who played that at that time, it would be a rocker.  Sounds like a Who kind of song."

Suggested cover:  Since I can't find a proper cover, here's Paul McCartney doing it a few years ago.  Rock on, Sir Paul.

 

I'm grouping these two together because, after I saw they had ended up side-by-side in my rankings and checked my initial notes, I saw that I had written similar write-ups for both, making reference to their being enjoyable but kind of messy.  Also both were written in a hurry as "filler" for their records - "we needed a song and so I ripped this one off" in only the way that John or Paul could do.  Maybe someone loves one of these so much they'll make a case for one as being substantially better than the other.  

"Tell My Why" stands out to me for the manic drumming, and, for those who've expressed a soft spot for three-part harmonies, these are complex and twisty in a good way. The John falsetto is a bit jarring to me, though, and something about the vocal tracking sounds off, which accounts for the "messiness" I referenced in my initial notes.  As was often the case during this time, John seemed to have his tortured feelings expressed in his lyrics juxtaposed with some cheery vocals.  Sardonic, I guess, but with a positive "resolution" in the last chord that I doubt John truly believed.  This one seems simple on its face but has so much going on beneath.

"Another Girl" is another standout "filler" song, with a fascinating structure and again with fantastic three-part harmonies, but this time with some biting, acerbic lyrics.  I had written in my initial notes:  "Kinda mean."  John's not the only one who could be a bit cruel, as this was thought to refer to Paul's relationship with Jane Asher: 

You're making me say that I've got nobody but you
But as from today well I've got somebody that's new
I ain't no fool and I don't take what I don't want

For I have got another girl, another girl
She's sweeter than all the girls and I've met quite a few...

Paul replaced George's lead guitar on this song because George was having trouble with the solo, though @Officer Pete Malloy will insist that is really George playing it.  Don't know what George's version sounded like, but I love Paul's wacko sound on this.

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5 hours ago, pecorino said:

In case anyone is near Pittsburgh, my brother’s band plays gigs every now and then. They are a pretty good Beatles cover band called Eleanor Walrus. https://eleanorwalrus.com/

So cool!  I have a friend who’ll be in Pittsburgh this weekend, but it looks like the band isn’t playing for a couple of weeks.  One of these days I’ll have to visit Mr krista’s ancestral homeland outside Pittsburgh again; maybe they’ll be playing then.

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5 hours ago, Dinsy Ejotuz said:
  • Taxman
  • Hey Bulldog
  • Helter Skelter
  • I‚Äôm So Tired
  • And Your Bird Can Sing
  • Rain
  • Across the Universe
  • I‚Äôve Just Seen a Face
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun

Choose your weapon and your second, @Oliver Humanzee.  We duel at dawn.

He’s working constantly right now and informed me that, other than the Richard Thompson show we’re going to next Tuesday, I won’t see him for two weeks, so I’m not sure he’ll be checking the thread.  What exactly will you guys be dueling about?  :lol: 

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3 hours ago, krista4 said:

129.  Tell Me Why (A Hard Day's Night, 1964)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

Mr. krista:  "That’s a great jam.  Ringo’s drumming is particularly good.  He’s super-fast on the fills."

Suggested cover:  It's a @rockaction special!  The Beach Boys

Strong notebooking. One of the first American bands to have the nerve to cover the Beatles.  The link goes right away to Party!, which as Mister CIA talks about the year, was released in '65. The Beach Boys had such a good year for music that year. Unbelievable. 

Anyway, thanks for the shout-out. Back to the Beatles...

 

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7 hours ago, pecorino said:

In case anyone is near Pittsburgh, my brother’s band plays gigs every now and then. They are a pretty good Beatles cover band called Eleanor Walrus. https://eleanorwalrus.com/

Good to know. My son is a freshman at Pitt - doubt he’d go unless they were playing at a nearby college bar, but I get out there once in a blue moon so I’ll see if they’re playing then.

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9 hours ago, pecorino said:

In case anyone is near Pittsburgh, my brother’s band plays gigs every now and then. They are a pretty good Beatles cover band called Eleanor Walrus. https://eleanorwalrus.com/

I would be interested in seeing these guys.  Like I said in an earlier post I don't like tribute bands that pretend to be someone their not.  Just play the music.    I checked out the website but it doesn't look like it is updated much.   One show on Feb 16 but I'm going to be busy.   Any idea on where they are playing in the next couple of months?

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Toss for me on Krista's fave between three John songs:  Across the Universe, Dear Prudence and In My Life.     Going with Dear Prudence...

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I just changed a couple songs on my final guess for K's top 10.  4-10 are in random order. 

1. Abbey Rd. Medley

2. A Day in the Life

3. In My Life

4. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

5. Nowhere Man

6. And Your Bird Can Sing

7. I'm Only Sleeping

8. Happiness is a Warm Gun

9. Across the Universe

10. Rain

That's a lot of John, but I consider Paul the driving force behind the Medley.

 

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5 hours ago, krista4 said:

He’s working constantly right now and informed me that, other than the Richard Thompson show we’re going to next Tuesday, I won’t see him for two weeks, so I’m not sure he’ll be checking the thread.  What exactly will you guys be dueling about?  :lol: 

Our top-10 lists (should have quoted his instead of just posting it above my comment).  We're polar opposites in terms of what we like and I figured it was better just to skip straight to a trial by combat to determine where the gods stand on this important question.

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4 hours ago, rockaction said:

Strong notebooking. One of the first American bands to have the nerve to cover the Beatles.  The link goes right away to Party!, which as Mister CIA talks about the year, was released in '65. The Beach Boys had such a good year for music that year. Unbelievable. 

Anyway, thanks for the shout-out. Back to the Beatles...

 

That was awesome.   I liked the cover as much as the original, even though it sounds like The Beach Boys were just messing around.   Really good tune.

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14 hours ago, krista4 said:

This one's a bit of a surprise.  Eager to hear your thoughts when we get to it, which will be before we get to the rest.

"If I Needed Someone" would also rank highly for me (likely top 10 but maybe top 20?). Oddly enough my love for this song became even stronger when I heard Tom Petty perform it on the Tribute for George DVD concert that my sister got ne for XMas one year. It's just a perfect pop song imo with a great melody.

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13 hours ago, krista4 said:

4.  I have lists already from @simey, @Mister CIA, and @timschochet.  Any of you can redo your lists right now if you wish, and tim you definitely will wish to since I already spilled the beans on Octopus's Garden.  If I missed anyone else's, let me know.

 

I'll just list my personal top 10 (as of right now but it constantly changes of course) and if it matches up or not sobeit:

10. Run For Your Life

9. With A Little Help From My Friends

8. Good Day Sunshine

7. Hey Bulldog

6. A Day In The Life

5. Two Of Us

4. The Abbey Road Medley

3. Things We Said Today

2. I've Got a Feeling

1. Here Comes the Sun

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12 hours ago, krista4 said:

I think George more than any of the others progressed in his musicianship and his songwriting over the years.  In the early stuff, which you can tell by my rankings I love, he was sometimes...not good.  You can hear a lot of flubs in the guitar parts, and I don't think his voice was very developed.  Which song was it that they gave to George because at the time they alleged he could only sing a few notes?  I think it was Do You Wanna Know a Secret.  

Later, as he developed as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, he still had that reputation within the band of being the "little brother," and he never really shook that despite his increasing prowess.  So he was generally still relegated to his "one song a record" for a while even though he was writing good stuff.  By the way, I don't mean to imply his early songs weren't good - Don't Bother Me was fantastic IMO - just that he really came into his own later.  This is why in my opinion he had the best solo stuff coming out of the gate, because he had such a backlog of great songs.  And though he wasn't a flashy guitarist, he developed a signature style that I personally love.  

ETA:  the Worthy analogy was apt.

George was the real Liverpudlian. Stoic, sardonic counterpuncher. "Sure, go ahead and have your glory bits and flashy scenes, cheeky monkey, and i'll remember and be processing everything you did long after you've forgotten you did it." It's actually kind of a shame that Eastern Philosophy matched Harrison's fatalism because, if he'd left the Fabs more possessed, we likely wouldn't even be comparing post-Beatle careers. But that's Geoooorge, doncha know?! More interesting elements in each of his songs than any of his compatriots.

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2 hours ago, Dr. Octopus said:

 

2. I've Got a Feeling

 

Nice to know others think highly of this awesome song. Love several of your other choices as well. 

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1 hour ago, wikkidpissah said:

George was the real Liverpudlian. Stoic, sardonic counterpuncher. "Sure, go ahead and have your glory bits and flashy scenes, cheeky monkey, and i'll remember and be processing everything you did long after you've forgotten you did it." It's actually kind of a shame that Eastern Philosophy matched Harrison's fatalism because, if he'd left the Fabs more possessed, we likely wouldn't even be comparing post-Beatle careers. But that's Geoooorge, doncha know?! More interesting elements in each of his songs than any of his compatriots.

My top 5 post Beatles George Harrison songs: 

1. My Sweet Lord

2. All Things Must Pass

3. Dark Horse

4. Blow Away

5. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) 

 

 

 

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Wanted to revise my post-Beatles Beatles top-25 ranking (now with tier breaks!), adding Oh Yoko! and doing some upon-further-review reshuffling:

#1 My Sweet Lord (Harrison)
#2 Instant Karma (Lennon)
#3 What is Life (Harrison)
#4 Imagine (Lennon)

#5 Silly Love Songs (McCartney)
#6 Band on the Run (McCartney)
#7 It Don't Come Easy (Starr [Harrison])
#8 With a Little Luck (McCartney)
#9 Jet (McCartney)
#10 Live and Let Die (McCartney)
#11 Listen to What the Man Says (McCartney)
#12 Oh Yoko! (Lennon)
#13 Stand by Me (Lennon [King])

#14 Photograph (Starr)
#15 Give Me Love (Harrison)
#16 Maybe I'm Amazed (McCartney)
#17 Give Peace a Chance (Lennon)
#18 Another Day (McCartney)
#19 Happy X-mas (Lennon)
#20 Whatever Gets You Through the Night (Lennon)

#21 Let Em In (McCartney)
#22 Starting Over (Lennon)
#23 Watching the Wheels (Lennon)
#24 Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (McCartney)
#25 Woman (Lennon)

So that's Harrison with #1 in the Beatles top-10 (While My Guitar) and #1 and #3 here.  Weird I don't like more of his other stuff, but even after giving it another chance a lot of it leaves me meh.

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8 minutes ago, Dinsy Ejotuz said:

Wanted to revise my post-Beatles Beatles top-25 ranking (now with tier breaks!), adding Oh Yoko! and doing some upon-further-review reshuffling:


#1 My Sweet Lord (Harrison)
#2 Instant Karma (Lennon)
#3 What is Life (Harrison)
#4 Imagine (Lennon)

#5 Silly Love Songs (McCartney)
#6 Band on the Run (McCartney)
#7 It Don't Come Easy (Starr [Harrison])
#8 With a Little Luck (McCartney)
#9 Jet (McCartney)
#10 Live and Let Die (McCartney)
#11 Listen to What the Man Says (McCartney)
#12 Oh Yoko! (Lennon
#13 Stand by Me (Lennon [King])

#14 Photograph (Starr)
#15 Give Me Love (Harrison)
#16 Maybe I'm Amazed (McCartney)
#17 Give Peace a Chance (Lennon)
#18 Another Day (McCartney)
#19 Happy X-mas (Lennon)
#20 Whatever Gets You Through the Night (Lennon)

#21 Let Em In (McCartney)
#22 Starting Over (Lennon)
#23 Watching the Wheels (Lennon)
#24 Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (McCartney)
#25 Woman (Lennon)

So that's Harrison with #1 in the Beatles top-10 (While My Guitar) and #1 and #3 here.  Weird I don't like more of his other stuff, but even after giving it another chance a lot of it leaves me meh.

Wow. ¬†We have the exact same tier 1 (slightly different order in the tier).¬† ¬†Of course, it falls apart after that. ¬†ūüėĀ

Great list overall.  Then again, I'm an unapologetic Harrison fan boy.....so maybe that's why the list appeals.

Some good songs in there that I need to revisit.  Thanks for sharing.

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31 minutes ago, Dinsy Ejotuz said:

Wanted to revise my post-Beatles Beatles top-25 ranking (now with tier breaks!), adding Oh Yoko! and doing some upon-further-review reshuffling:


#1 My Sweet Lord (Harrison)
#2 Instant Karma (Lennon)
#3 What is Life (Harrison)
#4 Imagine (Lennon)

#5 Silly Love Songs (McCartney)
#6 Band on the Run (McCartney)
#7 It Don't Come Easy (Starr [Harrison])
#8 With a Little Luck (McCartney)
#9 Jet (McCartney)
#10 Live and Let Die (McCartney)
#11 Listen to What the Man Says (McCartney)
#12 Oh Yoko! (Lennon)
#13 Stand by Me (Lennon [King])

#14 Photograph (Starr)
#15 Give Me Love (Harrison)
#16 Maybe I'm Amazed (McCartney)
#17 Give Peace a Chance (Lennon)
#18 Another Day (McCartney)
#19 Happy X-mas (Lennon)
#20 Whatever Gets You Through the Night (Lennon)

#21 Let Em In (McCartney)
#22 Starting Over (Lennon)
#23 Watching the Wheels (Lennon)
#24 Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (McCartney)
#25 Woman (Lennon)

So that's Harrison with #1 in the Beatles top-10 (While My Guitar) and #1 and #3 here.  Weird I don't like more of his other stuff, but even after giving it another chance a lot of it leaves me meh.

Looking at your list it doesn't look like you've listened to much solo Beatle since 1980.     There is a lot of great music, especially from McCartney, that a lot of Beatles fan dismiss without ever having listened to it.

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1 hour ago, timschochet said:

My top 5 post Beatles George Harrison songs: 

1. My Sweet Lord He's So Fine

2. All Things Must Pass

3. Dark Horse

4. Blow Away

5. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) 

 

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, Godsbrother said:

Looking at your list it doesn't look like you've listened to much solo Beatle since 1980.     There is a lot of great music, especially from McCartney, that a lot of Beatles fan dismiss without ever having listened to it.

If I didn't say so the first time I posted, I meant to do.  Yeah, there's not much, if anything, here post Lennon's death.  McCartney alone has put out god knows how many songs.  Guessing it probably dwarfs the Beatles' output?

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127.  Act Naturally (Help!, 1965)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

Another cover song with Ringo on lead vocal , this was Buck Owens's first #1 hit ( @Officer Pete Malloy Bakersfield alert!), which Ringo heard and asked to be able to use as his contribution to the Help! album.  This one ranks highly for me because (1) as usual, Ringo's having a great time, (2) I think it's even better than the Buck Owens version, (3) nice guitar work by George, and (4) having Ringo sing this song just as he was becoming the "star" of the Help! movie seemed dripping with sarcasm.  As it turned out, though, Ringo probably did have the best acting career of all of them; I mean, did Paul get to star with John Matuszak in Caveman?  I DIDN'T THINK SO.  

Mr. krista:  "Killer song.  If they didn’t have a ball, they sound like they had a ball.  Ringo always sounds like he’s having a ball.  It’s funny in that way of great ironic country music.  It’s a tradition that is sad that they traded humor and self-deprecation for the sad angst of rock and roll."

Bonus version:  Ringo and Buck re-recorded the song in 1989, reaching the country charts again (music begins ~1:20).  

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Act Naturally would certainly be bottom five for me. Just feels completely non-Beatles and a throwaway tune.

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127.  Act Naturally (Help!, 1965)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

Another cover song with Ringo on lead vocal , this was Buck Owens's first #1 hit ( @Officer Pete Malloy Bakersfield alert!), which Ringo heard and asked to be able to use as his contribution to the Help! album.  This one ranks highly for me because (1) as usual, Ringo's having a great time, (2) I think it's even better than the Buck Owens version, (3) nice guitar work by George, and (4) having Ringo sing this song just as he was becoming the "star" of the Help! movie seemed dripping with sarcasm.  As it turned out, though, Ringo probably did have the best acting career of all of them; I mean, did Paul get to star with John Matuszak in Caveman?  I DIDN'T THINK SO.  

Mr. krista:  "Killer song.  If they didn’t have a ball, they sound like they had a ball.  Ringo always sounds like he’s having a ball.  It’s funny in that way of great ironic country music.  It’s a tradition that is sad that they traded humor and self-deprecation for the sad angst of rock and roll."

Bonus version:  Ringo and Buck re-recorded the song in 1989, reaching the country charts again (music begins ~1:20).  

It is better than Buck's version.  

Actually written by Johnny Russell who grew up in Fresno.  Russell also wrote Luckenbach Texas

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14 minutes ago, Dinsy Ejotuz said:

If I didn't say so the first time I posted, I meant to do.  Yeah, there's not much, if anything, here post Lennon's death.  McCartney alone has put out god knows how many songs.  Guessing it probably dwarfs the Beatles' output?

Probably 15-20 LPs worth.  George also had a couple + Traveing Wilburys and there's a few Ringo gems out there too

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1 hour ago, Godsbrother said:

Probably 15-20 LPs worth.  George also had a couple + Traveing Wilburys and there's a few Ringo gems out there too

McCartney's work in that period also contains a whole lotta crap.

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Two shredding Paul vocals:

126.  I'm Down (single, 1965)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

Mr. krista:  "Yeah, that’s great.  Just a super-fun song.  It makes sense that teenagers like the Beastie Boys would want to cover it. [Me:  Why?]  Because it’s a super-fun song.  Dudes being dudes type song."

Suggested cover:  The aforementioned Beastie Boys.

125.  Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey (Beatles for Sale, 1964)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

Mr. krista:  "Listen to Paul!  Listen to him do it though.  Crushing that ####.  I’d like to hear what story got this out of him.  I’ve heard a lot of versions of Kansas City.  Little Richard, James Brown, etc. but that was great - up there with the best of them.  He murdered it.  I like the call and response and I can’t think of another song that does it like that. Provides rocking upbeat counterpoint to the first of this album that’s been kind of a bummer.  You’re a bummer, Beatles.  Beatles are sad."

 

For years I assume both of these were covers of Little Richard songs; turns out only the latter was and that "I'm Down" was the greatest Little Richard song not recorded by Little Richard.  "I'm Down" was recorded the same day as "Yesterday" and "I've Just Seen a Face" - just a demonstration of Paul's incredible range and versatility.  Geoff Emerick described the recording session for the "Kansas City" medley:  "...they really cut loose on it, playing with a confidence and a sheer, innocent joy that was positively infectious.  I knew from that minute onward that it was going to be a great session."  That session, by the way, then turned to Mr. Moonlight, I Feel Fine, I’ll Follow The Sun, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Rock And Roll Music, and Words Of Love, as well as the finishing touches on Eight Days a Week.  Not a bad workday. 

John gets enormous credit for his "Twist and Shout" shredding vocal, but I'll put these two underappreciated vocals by Paul up against that one.  He even sounds amazing in the live version of "I'm Down" as the finale of the 1965 Shea Stadium concert, though the highlight for me of that video is John and George cracking up over John's Jerry Lee Lewis style keyboard playing, elbows and all.  :lol:  Unlike John's delicate songs of insecurity, these laments by Paul makes it seem like he's just going to scream his way out of his sadness, and the songs sounds like they're on the verge of blowing apart at any moment, held together only by Ringo's steady beat.  They're both great fun.  The appreciation Paul had for Little Richard was mutual:  "I've never heard that sound from English musicians before.  Honestly, if I hadn't seen them with my own eyes I'd have thought they were a colored group from back home."

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Paul is the best caucasian shredder i ever heard - range, pitch musicality

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2 hours ago, krista4 said:

127.  Act Naturally (Help!, 1965)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

Another cover song with Ringo on lead vocal , this was Buck Owens's first #1 hit ( @Officer Pete Malloy Bakersfield alert!), which Ringo heard and asked to be able to use as his contribution to the Help! album.  This one ranks highly for me because (1) as usual, Ringo's having a great time, (2) I think it's even better than the Buck Owens version, (3) nice guitar work by George, and (4) having Ringo sing this song just as he was becoming the "star" of the Help! movie seemed dripping with sarcasm.  As it turned out, though, Ringo probably did have the best acting career of all of them; I mean, did Paul get to star with John Matuszak in Caveman?  I DIDN'T THINK SO.  

Mr. krista:  "Killer song.  If they didn’t have a ball, they sound like they had a ball.  Ringo always sounds like he’s having a ball.  It’s funny in that way of great ironic country music.  It’s a tradition that is sad that they traded humor and self-deprecation for the sad angst of rock and roll."

Bonus version:  Ringo and Buck re-recorded the song in 1989, reaching the country charts again (music begins ~1:20).  

It's a good song.  Well written.   The sarcasm of having Ringo sing it, as noted by krista, adds something to it.  

But let's get real:   while it is nice that the group kept Ringo involved by throwing him a few songs to sing, this particular song is a fabulous example of what sucks about Ringo songs:   at any point in time, there are probably millions and millions of people alive who are more qualified vocally to be the lead singer of a professionally recorded song.   

The Buck Owens song, taken as a whole - well, we can debate which version is superior.   But there is zero doubt that Buck singing lead vocals is a helluva lot better than Ringo.   It's like a 3-pt shooting contest between Reggie Miller and me.

Edit to add:  I love Ringo on drums and backing vocals, so I'm not purely anti-Ringo.  And this is the last time I'll be negative about him, to avoid being a broken record.

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45 minutes ago, krista4 said:

Words Of Love

Thanks, krista4, for reminding me of this through this thread and your thoughts. 

Nobody could ever do this better than Buddy. 

RIP, my friend.  

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On 1/11/2019 at 3:58 PM, krista4 said:

 

2.      This is a Ringo-friendly thread, and if you don’t like Ringo, this might not be the thread for you, other threads out there, have a nice season, etc.

 

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14 minutes ago, Alex P Keaton said:

Whoops! ¬†ūü§ź

I'm kidding you.  I don't mind at all someone criticizing his singing; I happen to like it but could understand why others wouldn't.  It's people saying he's not a great drummer that I can't stand.

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20 minutes ago, krista4 said:

I'm kidding you.  I don't mind at all someone criticizing his singing; I happen to like it but could understand why others wouldn't.  It's people saying he's not a great drummer that I can't stand.

He's better than Neil Peart.

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124.  Revolution 1 (White Album, 1968)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

I'll mostly save my discussion of the lyrics of this song until we discuss the single version, higher in the countdown, but I will point out one difference in this version:  at ~0:57-0:58, John says "count me out - in," meant to indicate an ambivalence than he didn't have in the later single version, where he was definitively "out."

This was the first of the three "Revolution" versions to be recorded and was originally over 10 minutes long, with the last six minutes of screaming, whispering, and moaning later being spliced off and used as the foundation of "Revolution 9."  John had wanted it to be a single, but both Paul and George vetoed it, likely concerned about making the political statement and only relenting after recording the faster version, which became the b-side to "Hey Jude."  The arguments over all of the versions of "Revolution" are legendary and excruciating to read about; you really can feel the band disintegrating at this time.

It was during the first recordings of this song that John brought Yoko into the studio, and she became glued to him at all times thereafter.  As Geoff Emerick described it:  "From that point on, wherever John went, she went.  If he went into the toilet, she'd walk him down the hall and wait outside, hunched down on the floor.  When he came out, she'd walk with him back into the studio or control room and sit down beside him again. ...if he was sitting on one end of the piano bench, she'd be at the other end.  If he slid over a bit, she'd slide with him."  In this particular recording, that extended to lying down on the floor with him as he sang the lead vocal on this version of the song.  John had decided he'd be more comfortable lying down to sing this, so a boom mike was rigged to suspend above him during the recording.  And Yoko curled up right there next to him.

I like this song and even appreciate the slow pace, though I prefer the single version.  What I dislike about this one are the "shoo-be-doo-wah"s.  I dunno.

Mr. krista:  "It’s like they had a decent idea for a song and just kept playing it and playing it and playing it.  Beatles were best when they just got to the ####### point."

Suggested cover:  Not really sure which version I would call this is a cover for, but it's never a bad idea to listen to Nina Simone.

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49 minutes ago, krista4 said:

124.  Revolution 1 (White Album, 1968)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

I'll mostly save my discussion of the lyrics of this song until we discuss the single version, higher in the countdown, but I will point out one difference in this version:  at ~0:57-0:58, John says "count me out - in," meant to indicate an ambivalence than he didn't have in the later single version, where he was definitively "out."

This was the first of the three "Revolution" versions to be recorded and was originally over 10 minutes long, with the last six minutes of screaming, whispering, and moaning later being spliced off and used as the foundation of "Revolution 9."  John had wanted it to be a single, but both Paul and George vetoed it, likely concerned about making the political statement and only relenting after recording the faster version, which became the b-side to "Hey Jude."  The arguments over all of the versions of "Revolution" are legendary and excruciating to read about; you really can feel the band disintegrating at this time.

It was during the first recordings of this song that John brought Yoko into the studio, and she became glued to him at all times thereafter.  As Geoff Emerick described it:  "From that point on, wherever John went, she went.  If he went into the toilet, she'd walk him down the hall and wait outside, hunched down on the floor.  When he came out, she'd walk with him back into the studio or control room and sit down beside him again. ...if he was sitting on one end of the piano bench, she'd be at the other end.  If he slid over a bit, she'd slide with him."  In this particular recording, that extended to lying down on the floor with him as he sang the lead vocal on this version of the song.  John had decided he'd be more comfortable lying down to sing this, so a boom mike was rigged to suspend above him during the recording.  And Yoko curled up right there next to him.

I like this song and even appreciate the slow pace, though I prefer the single version.  What I dislike about this one are the "shoo-be-doo-wah"s.  I dunno.

Mr. krista:  "It’s like they had a decent idea for a song and just kept playing it and playing it and playing it.  Beatles were best when they just got to the ####### point."

Suggested cover:  Not really sure which version I would call this is a cover for, but it's never a bad idea to listen to Nina Simone.

You underank the Revolutions

We-e-ell y'know, we just wanna change the list

You tell me that they're ear pollutio-o-on

We-ell y'know, we get kinda wikkidpissed

But when you talk about productio--o-on

Don't you know that i get so blissed out

Then Mr krista says the beat's "alright"

Dont you know he says the beeeeat's

Alright, alright, alright.....

 

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16 minutes ago, Binky The Doormat said:

question for krista - have you seen any of the Ringo Starr and His All-Star Band tours?  

I haven't; have you?  Wish I had.  Actually looked at tickets for his latest non-All-Star-Band tour because I thought I might take my mom, who loves Ringo's voice (suck it, @Alex P Keaton), but didn't pull the trigger.  

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I'm going to try to get through #103 by Saturday, which would mean I will have done the bottom half.  Then we'll take a halftime break Sunday, coincidentally (not really) in time for the Super Bowl.

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