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

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7 minutes ago, wikkidpissah said:

iz jus stoopit to have 45 songs better than this....

Whew!  Thank god I didn't do that!

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5 minutes ago, krista4 said:

Whew!  Thank god I didn't do that!

No, they did. When wassisname wanted my 25 i spent less time on it than i do on anecdotes about Maria Muldaur's hilarious reaction to farts. If i spent ONE SECOND more, crevasses would have developed in my brain that my next 2 frillion thoughts would have fallen to their deaths from. Just dont know how this all is done.

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11 minutes ago, krista4 said:

46.  I Feel Fine (single, 1964)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

The feedback at the beginning is legendary (one of the first times on a record), but it came about by accident.  During the recording of "Eight Days A Week," John had set his semi-acoustic Gibson with a pick-up against the amp without turning the pick-up down.  When Paul played a bass note, this feedback sound came out, which they all loved and decided to use on this record.  John added it to the riff that he'd also come up with during the session, a riff that was inspired by Bobby Parker's "Watch Your Step," and the song was born.  Obviously the feedback and the guitar riffs are the highlights - my favorite part is the descending repeated riff in the instrumental section starting ~1:15.   But don't focus on the riffs at the expense of Ringo's masterful Latin-style drumming, including those doubles and triplets on the ride, and that fill that follows the guitar solo.  Paul called this their "What'd I Say" style of "Latin R&B" drumming, patterned after Milt Turner's work with Ray Charles.

Mr. krista:  "It’s one of the first great Beatles songs. That riff in the beginning. They’re really riff monsters.  You don’t really think of them that way – you think of them as jangly.  But…they could riff.  It’s pretty amazing.  It’s a jam for sure.  Fo sho jam. Pret-ty pret-ty mint."

Suggested cover:  New record for number of terrible covers I listened to, with an alarming number of them on ukulele.  There might be a good country song in there, but no one seems to have found it yet.

This is the rock and roll equivalent of a fine-tuned Ferrari doing 200 on the Autobahn.

The groove and riffs are what everyone thinks of this one, but the singing is fantastic. One of Lennon's best leads ever. As with many Beatles' records, they veer in and out of harmony/unison, and it's hard to tell when one is happening vs the other.

This is when the Beatles told the rest of their Invasion partners "see ya maybe at the next rest stop, we're gone". No one caught them.

 

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Missed it by thatttttttttttttttttttt much.       Almost our first composite/K-RankTM match.  

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5 minutes ago, Getzlaf15 said:

Missed it by thatttttttttttttttttttt much.       Almost our first composite/K-RankTM match.  

I probably messed that up with my ranking.

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6 minutes ago, Uruk-Hai said:

I probably messed that up with my ranking.

actually the opposite.

There are just too many damn good songs.  I like the fact that we received 32 lists.  There are so many that didn't get a whole lot of votes and yet received a high vote or two.  I think that makes the composite ranking even more legit.

It will be interesting to see how/if Krista's Top 25 affects the composite.

Except for Binky's list, no one's list is better than any other list.

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54 minutes ago, wikkidpissah said:

No, they did. When wassisname wanted my 25 i spent less time on it than i do on anecdotes about Maria Muldaur's hilarious reaction to farts. If i spent ONE SECOND more, crevasses would have developed in my brain that my next 2 frillion thoughts would have fallen to their deaths from. Just dont know how this all is done.

this.  i did not submit a list, because my brain would fracture.  nor did i guess at k4's #1. while my guitar gently weeps? 

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I have been listening to the Beatles channel pretty much nonstop for the last month and a half anytime I'm driving.  While this is purely unscientific, it sure seems to me that they play "Rocky Raccoon" with more frequency than any other song.  

This does not make me particularly happy.  Regardless of whether it's McGill, Lil or Nancy.  

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16 minutes ago, Shaft41 said:

I have been listening to the Beatles channel pretty much nonstop for the last month and a half anytime I'm driving.  While this is purely unscientific, it sure seems to me that they play "Rocky Raccoon" with more frequency than any other song.  

This does not make me particularly happy.  Regardless of whether it's McGill, Lil or Nancy.  

:goodposting:  I've heard it on the way to work every day this week.

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1 hour ago, OrtonToOlsen said:

Yes, Officer.  That's the man right here.

No need to take take something pure and make it dirty Chris Hansen.

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23 minutes ago, Shaft41 said:

I have been listening to the Beatles channel pretty much nonstop for the last month and a half anytime I'm driving.  While this is purely unscientific, it sure seems to me that they play "Rocky Raccoon" with more frequency than any other song.  

This does not make me particularly happy.  Regardless of whether it's McGill, Lil or Nancy.  

Now, somewhere in the opinionsphere there lived a young boy named Shaft41, ummmm..............................

*lalala*

Shaft41

Just in it for fun

Would shoot off his mouth in the forum

He said "Call me Shaft"

But everyone laughed

And for it a new one they tore him

But Shafty was hot

An insult he shot

Got "like" emojis from a quorum

oh, yeah, yeah

*lalala*

 

 

 

 

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45.  Tomorrow Never Knows (Revolver, 1966)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

There's so much to say about this song, about its production, the various innovations, that I'm sure I'll leave a lot of important stuff out.  I love this song.  It’s could be such a ####### mess, but it's not.  I love the drums, and the wah-wah-wah-wah bird-type sounds (more on that below). The spooky vocals, the tambour, tambourines, the dissonance.  The fact that it's all (almost) entirely one damn chord.  It's aural collage unlike anything produced before it.

John's lyrics were inspired by Timothy Leary's The Psychedelic Experience, his interpretation of the philosophy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.  While he initially wanted to call the song "The Void," he was afraid that would not be understood by the fans at this time, so he adopted a Ringoism for the title instead.  To be honest, I don't pay attention to these lyrics, but maybe others connect with them on a much deeper level than I'm capable of.  

For me, this is all about the music, including how Ringo and Paul keep it all together with the chaos that's going on about them.   There are so many innovations in this song that I won't discuss in detail, such as the backward reverb guitar parts, but I'll mention a few.  John instructed that he wanted his voice to sound "like the Dalai chanting from a mountaintop," which led to Geoff Emerick's idea to channel John's vocal through a Leslie speaker after the first verse.  The effect was that haunting, distant sound that matches perfectly with the lyrics.  

The drum sounds were also new to recording based on a couple of ideas.  Blatantly contravening EMI rules to keep microphones at least two feet from the drums, the microphones were put only a few inches away.  In addition, to dampen the ringing from the bass drum, a large sweater was stuffed in against the rear beater skin.  The results were these full, energetic drums heard on the record.  

As for the tape loops, these were originally from Paul, who was experimenting more with avant garde music at the time than the others, and who'd removed the erase-head from his home tape recorder, allowing additional sounds to be recorded each time the tape spooled through.  All the band members were given an assignment to make some tape loops and bring them back the studio, after which the group listened to the loops backward, forward, slowed down, sped up, any which way, until five were chosen, including the one that sounds like seagulls but is actually Paul laughing.  Then the loops were added to the track:  "Every tape machine in every studio was commandeered and every available EMI employee was given the task of holding a pencil or drinking glass to give the loops the proper tensioning.  In many instances, this meant they had to be standing out in the hallway, looking quite sheepish."  At the same time, in the control room Emerick and Martin "huddled over the console, raising and lowering faders to shouted instructions from John, Paul, George and Ringo.  (‘Let’s have that seagull sound now!’...)  With each fader carrying a different loop, the mixing desk acted like a synthesizer, and we played it like a musical instrument, too, carefully overdubbing textures to the prerecorded backing track."  As a result, the recorded version of this song could not possibly be re-produced.       

Mr. krista:  "The vocal thing that happens there is Lennon singing through a Leslie speaker, usually used with a Hammond organ, but Lennon sang vocals through it instead.  This happens all the time now.  But maybe never before this.  But still sounds so modern.  Sounds like it could have happened any time.  In terms of sound capture, this is an incredible record, and this is particularly an incredible track.  I doubt anyone had used multi-track recording quite like this.  There’s 24 tracks of wildly different sonic information with nothing to do with each other, but then assembled into a song that fits on the record…and it’s one chord!  There’s so much weirdness going on on that.  It’s so psychedelic."

Suggested cover:  Nah, that doesn't seem right for this one.  The genius is in the innovation and the one-time nature of the sound.

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2 hours ago, Getzlaf15 said:


It will be interesting to see how/if Krista's Top 25 affects the composite.

It will.

1 hour ago, Shaft41 said:

Regardless of whether it's McGill, Lil or Nancy.  

:lmao: 

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1 minute ago, krista4 said:

45.  Tomorrow Never Knows (Revolver, 1966)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

There's so much to say about this song, about its production, the various innovations, that I'm sure I'll leave a lot of important stuff out.  I love this song.  It’s could be such a ####### mess, but it's not.  I love the drums, and the wah-wah-wah-wah bird-type sounds (more on that below). The spooky vocals, the tambour, tambourines, the dissonance.  The fact that it's all (almost) entirely one damn chord.  It's aural collage unlike anything produced before it.

John's lyrics were inspired by Timothy Leary's The Psychedelic Experience, his interpretation of the philosophy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.  While he initially wanted to call the song "The Void," he was afraid that would not be understood by the fans at this time, so he adopted a Ringoism for the title instead.  To be honest, I don't pay attention to these lyrics, but maybe others connect with them on a much deeper level than I'm capable of.  

For me, this is all about the music, including how Ringo and Paul keep it all together with the chaos that's going on about them.   There are so many innovations in this song that I won't discuss in detail, such as the backward reverb guitar parts, but I'll mention a few.  John instructed that he wanted his voice to sound "like the Dalai chanting from a mountaintop," which led to Geoff Emerick's idea to channel John's vocal through a Leslie speaker after the first verse.  The effect was that haunting, distant sound that matches perfectly with the lyrics.  

The drum sounds were also new to recording based on a couple of ideas.  Blatantly contravening EMI rules to keep microphones at least two feet from the drums, the microphones were put only a few inches away.  In addition, to dampen the ringing from the bass drum, a large sweater was stuffed in against the rear beater skin.  The results were these full, energetic drums heard on the record.  

As for the tape loops, these were originally from Paul, who was experimenting more with avant garde music at the time than the others, and who'd removed the erase-head from his home tape recorder, allowing additional sounds to be recorded each time the tape spooled through.  All the band members were given an assignment to make some tape loops and bring them back the studio, after which the group listened to the loops backward, forward, slowed down, sped up, any which way, until five were chosen, including the one that sounds like seagulls but is actually Paul laughing.  Then the loops were added to the track:  "Every tape machine in every studio was commandeered and every available EMI employee was given the task of holding a pencil or drinking glass to give the loops the proper tensioning.  In many instances, this meant they had to be standing out in the hallway, looking quite sheepish."  At the same time, in the control room Emerick and Martin "huddled over the console, raising and lowering faders to shouted instructions from John, Paul, George and Ringo.  (‘Let’s have that seagull sound now!’...)  With each fader carrying a different loop, the mixing desk acted like a synthesizer, and we played it like a musical instrument, too, carefully overdubbing textures to the prerecorded backing track."  As a result, the recorded version of this song could not possibly be re-produced.       

Mr. krista:  "The vocal thing that happens there is Lennon singing through a Leslie speaker, usually used with a Hammond organ, but Lennon sang vocals through it instead.  This happens all the time now.  But maybe never before this.  But still sounds so modern.  Sounds like it could have happened any time.  In terms of sound capture, this is an incredible record, and this is particularly an incredible track.  I doubt anyone had used multi-track recording quite like this.  There’s 24 tracks of wildly different sonic information with nothing to do with each other, but then assembled into a song that fits on the record…and it’s one chord!  There’s so much weirdness going on on that.  It’s so psychedelic."

Suggested cover:  Nah, that doesn't seem right for this one.  The genius is in the innovation and the one-time nature of the sound.

Nooooooooooo!!!!! Please go drop a couple hits of acid, listen, and re-rank it. 

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8 minutes ago, Spock said:

Nooooooooooo!!!!! Please go drop a couple hits of acid, listen, and re-rank it. 

I should note, by the way, that from this exercise I've learned that I've been misspelling "psychedelic" my whole life.

I expect this song is more popular with me than with most regular people, but more popular with the crowd here even than with me.  That's a compliment to you guys, as I think it's a hard listen for the man on the street.  Obviously I love it, too, but I've not dropped enough acid (or...any).

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Need to leave it there for a while.  I'm gonna go see me a motion picture.  A talkie, even.  No time to do another write-up before; they take an embarrassingly long time.

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10 minutes ago, krista4 said:

45.  Tomorrow Never Knows (Revolver, 1966)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

There's so much to say about this song, about its production, the various innovations, that I'm sure I'll leave a lot of important stuff out.  I love this song.  It’s could be such a ####### mess, but it's not.  I love the drums, and the wah-wah-wah-wah bird-type sounds (more on that below). The spooky vocals, the tambour, tambourines, the dissonance.  The fact that it's all (almost) entirely one damn chord.  It's aural collage unlike anything produced before it.

John's lyrics were inspired by Timothy Leary's The Psychedelic Experience, his interpretation of the philosophy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.  While he initially wanted to call the song "The Void," he was afraid that would not be understood by the fans at this time, so he adopted a Ringoism for the title instead.  To be honest, I don't pay attention to these lyrics, but maybe others connect with them on a much deeper level than I'm capable of.  

For me, this is all about the music, including how Ringo and Paul keep it all together with the chaos that's going on about them.   There are so many innovations in this song that I won't discuss in detail, such as the backward reverb guitar parts, but I'll mention a few.  John instructed that he wanted his voice to sound "like the Dalai chanting from a mountaintop," which led to Geoff Emerick's idea to channel John's vocal through a Leslie speaker after the first verse.  The effect was that haunting, distant sound that matches perfectly with the lyrics.  

The drum sounds were also new to recording based on a couple of ideas.  Blatantly contravening EMI rules to keep microphones at least two feet from the drums, the microphones were put only a few inches away.  In addition, to dampen the ringing from the bass drum, a large sweater was stuffed in against the rear beater skin.  The results were these full, energetic drums heard on the record.  

As for the tape loops, these were originally from Paul, who was experimenting more with avant garde music at the time than the others, and who'd removed the erase-head from his home tape recorder, allowing additional sounds to be recorded each time the tape spooled through.  All the band members were given an assignment to make some tape loops and bring them back the studio, after which the group listened to the loops backward, forward, slowed down, sped up, any which way, until five were chosen, including the one that sounds like seagulls but is actually Paul laughing.  Then the loops were added to the track:  "Every tape machine in every studio was commandeered and every available EMI employee was given the task of holding a pencil or drinking glass to give the loops the proper tensioning.  In many instances, this meant they had to be standing out in the hallway, looking quite sheepish."  At the same time, in the control room Emerick and Martin "huddled over the console, raising and lowering faders to shouted instructions from John, Paul, George and Ringo.  (‘Let’s have that seagull sound now!’...)  With each fader carrying a different loop, the mixing desk acted like a synthesizer, and we played it like a musical instrument, too, carefully overdubbing textures to the prerecorded backing track."  As a result, the recorded version of this song could not possibly be re-produced.       

Mr. krista:  "The vocal thing that happens there is Lennon singing through a Leslie speaker, usually used with a Hammond organ, but Lennon sang vocals through it instead.  This happens all the time now.  But maybe never before this.  But still sounds so modern.  Sounds like it could have happened any time.  In terms of sound capture, this is an incredible record, and this is particularly an incredible track.  I doubt anyone had used multi-track recording quite like this.  There’s 24 tracks of wildly different sonic information with nothing to do with each other, but then assembled into a song that fits on the record…and it’s one chord!  There’s so much weirdness going on on that.  It’s so psychedelic."

Suggested cover:  Nah, that doesn't seem right for this one.  The genius is in the innovation and the one-time nature of the sound.

I found a cover that might work.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UkGXUn0Kuuw

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Just now, Leroy Hoard said:

I found a cover that might work.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UkGXUn0Kuuw

That was the first one I listened to; had it in my notes.  Just seemed wrong in this instance because of the nature of the song, but I agree this is a good one.

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Talent + genius + experience + willingness to experiment + ambition + drugs = Tomorrow Never Knows. Don’t let my kids read this.

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Or maybe encourage ‘em?
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Just now, The Tahitian Facemask said:

Talent + genius + experience + willingness to experiment + ambition + drugs = Tomorrow Never Knows. Don’t let my kids read this.

:lmao: They can read my write-up; I omitted the drugs part.  

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1 hour ago, krista4 said:

I should note, by the way, that from this exercise I've learned that I've been misspelling "psychedelic" my whole life.

I expect this song is more popular with me than with most regular people, but more popular with the crowd here even than with me.  That's a compliment to you guys, as I think it's a hard listen for the man on the street.  Obviously I love it, too, but I've not dropped enough acid (or...any).

I have seen the Grateful Dead play it. 

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1 hour ago, krista4 said:

45.  Tomorrow Never Knows (Revolver, 1966)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

:jawdrop:

This is my #1.

 

Covers: Junior Parker with a beautiful stripped down version and Japanese guitar legend Char with a hard rock version.

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1 hour ago, krista4 said:

45.  Tomorrow Never Knows (Revolver, 1966)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

There's so much to say about this song, about its production, the various innovations, that I'm sure I'll leave a lot of important stuff out.  I love this song.  It’s could be such a ####### mess, but it's not.  I love the drums, and the wah-wah-wah-wah bird-type sounds (more on that below). The spooky vocals, the tambour, tambourines, the dissonance.  The fact that it's all (almost) entirely one damn chord.  It's aural collage unlike anything produced before it.

John's lyrics were inspired by Timothy Leary's The Psychedelic Experience, his interpretation of the philosophy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.  While he initially wanted to call the song "The Void," he was afraid that would not be understood by the fans at this time, so he adopted a Ringoism for the title instead.  To be honest, I don't pay attention to these lyrics, but maybe others connect with them on a much deeper level than I'm capable of.  

For me, this is all about the music, including how Ringo and Paul keep it all together with the chaos that's going on about them.   There are so many innovations in this song that I won't discuss in detail, such as the backward reverb guitar parts, but I'll mention a few.  John instructed that he wanted his voice to sound "like the Dalai chanting from a mountaintop," which led to Geoff Emerick's idea to channel John's vocal through a Leslie speaker after the first verse.  The effect was that haunting, distant sound that matches perfectly with the lyrics.  

The drum sounds were also new to recording based on a couple of ideas.  Blatantly contravening EMI rules to keep microphones at least two feet from the drums, the microphones were put only a few inches away.  In addition, to dampen the ringing from the bass drum, a large sweater was stuffed in against the rear beater skin.  The results were these full, energetic drums heard on the record.  

As for the tape loops, these were originally from Paul, who was experimenting more with avant garde music at the time than the others, and who'd removed the erase-head from his home tape recorder, allowing additional sounds to be recorded each time the tape spooled through.  All the band members were given an assignment to make some tape loops and bring them back the studio, after which the group listened to the loops backward, forward, slowed down, sped up, any which way, until five were chosen, including the one that sounds like seagulls but is actually Paul laughing.  Then the loops were added to the track:  "Every tape machine in every studio was commandeered and every available EMI employee was given the task of holding a pencil or drinking glass to give the loops the proper tensioning.  In many instances, this meant they had to be standing out in the hallway, looking quite sheepish."  At the same time, in the control room Emerick and Martin "huddled over the console, raising and lowering faders to shouted instructions from John, Paul, George and Ringo.  (‘Let’s have that seagull sound now!’...)  With each fader carrying a different loop, the mixing desk acted like a synthesizer, and we played it like a musical instrument, too, carefully overdubbing textures to the prerecorded backing track."  As a result, the recorded version of this song could not possibly be re-produced.       

Mr. krista:  "The vocal thing that happens there is Lennon singing through a Leslie speaker, usually used with a Hammond organ, but Lennon sang vocals through it instead.  This happens all the time now.  But maybe never before this.  But still sounds so modern.  Sounds like it could have happened any time.  In terms of sound capture, this is an incredible record, and this is particularly an incredible track.  I doubt anyone had used multi-track recording quite like this.  There’s 24 tracks of wildly different sonic information with nothing to do with each other, but then assembled into a song that fits on the record…and it’s one chord!  There’s so much weirdness going on on that.  It’s so psychedelic."

Suggested cover:  Nah, that doesn't seem right for this one.  The genius is in the innovation and the one-time nature of the sound.

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1 hour ago, krista4 said:

I should note, by the way, that from this exercise I've learned that I've been misspelling "psychedelic" my whole life.

I expect this song is more popular with me than with most regular people, but more popular with the crowd here even than with me.  That's a compliment to you guys, as I think it's a hard listen for the man on the street.  Obviously I love it, too, but I've not dropped enough acid (or...any).

I have seen the Grateful Dead play it. 

The last time I ever did acid was at a Grateful Dead show in July of 1990 at Carter-Finley Stadium. Near the end of the show I had to get out of there, cause there was just too much commotion going on around me. I was standing outside the stadium and listening to the encore song which was Brokedown Palace. I was looking up at some trees near me, and a bunch of people had climbed way up them to see the show inside the stadium. It looked like a bunch of monkeys in the trees. A police officer came up to me, and he was riding a horse. He asked me if I was ok, and I told him yes, and I told him his horse might not be, and I asked the horse, "Why the long face?"  The cop grinned, and went about his way.  That whole night was a series of adventures. Anyway, I've never really liked acid. I liked shrooms much better as far as hallucinogenics go.  I used to have a 1972 VW van in college, and it had a sticker on it when I bought it that had a picture of a mushroom, and it said Fungus is Among Us.  I was home one weekend, and my mom saw it and she said, "That sticker is coming off."  She came outside with a bottle of goo gone and took it right off.  My bus looked like this.  It had maroon curtains, a wooden back bumper, and a dent in the side with the word Ouch painted on the dent. It was a party house on wheels. My favorite vehicle I've ever owned.

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2 minutes ago, simey said:

The last time I ever did acid was at a Grateful Dead show in July of 1990 at Carter-Finley Stadium. Near the end of the show I had to get out of there, cause there was just too much commotion going on around me. I was standing outside the stadium and listening to the encore song which was Brokedown Palace. I was looking up at some trees near me, and a bunch of people had climbed way up them to see the show inside the stadium. It looked like a bunch of monkeys in the trees. A police officer came up to me, and he was riding a horse. He asked me if I was ok, and I told him yes, and I told him his horse might not be, and I asked the horse, "Why the long face?"  The cop grinned, and went about his way.  That whole night was a series of adventures. Anyway, I've never really liked acid. I liked shrooms much better as far as hallucinogenics go.  I used to have a 1972 VW van in college, and it had a sticker on it when I bought it that had a picture of a mushroom, and it said Fungus is Among Us.  I was home one weekend, and my mom saw it and she said, "That sticker is coming off."  She came outside with a bottle of goo gone and took it right off.  My bus looked like this.  It had maroon curtains, a wooden back bumper, and a dent in the side with the word Ouch painted on the dent. It was a party house on wheels. My favorite vehicle I've ever owned.

awesome simey.  

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On 2/12/2019 at 5:12 PM, krista4 said:

I had this one written up already; I'm not this fast with the write-ups!

54.  If I Fell (A Hard Day's Night, 1964)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

Never let it be said that John couldn't or wouldn't write a helluva ballad.  This really isn't my kind of song; it's not just that overall I prefer rockers to ballads, but this one sounds so old-fashioned.  Despite the old-timey sound, though, the lyrics are a bit precarious for the time, as they seem to suggest that the author is planning to leave his wife for another woman.  Not that John would ever do that, of course.

The sublime harmonies and unison singing sound to me as full and lush as on any Beatles song, despite being only two-part harmonies (in some cases double-tracked).  Some of this sound might have come from the fact that John and Paul insisted on singing close in on the same microphone during the recording.  The Beatles frequently performed this one in concert, which is a marvel to me given the fact they could barely hear themselves over the screams.  One of the intriguing parts of this song is that it's difficult or impossible to identify what is the melody v. the harmony.  While Paul stays on the higher "harmony," and John does begin the song on melody, the two voices rise and fall, winding over and crossing each other repeatedly, sometimes stopping to sing in unison, weaving in and out of upper and lower harmonies.  When I try to sing along, I realize that I've jumped from the John part to the Paul part and vice versa, and I'm not sure if I'm ever actually following the melody or the harmony.

Another of the most fascinating aspects of this song that elevates it to such a high level for me is the structure.  The song starts with a preamble that's not repeated again, in a minor key that then goes through a few key changes before getting to the song's primary key.  The first verse then proceeds normally, but the second verse is suddenly truncated in the middle of a line to lead into a bridge.  Within that bridge, the key again slips into a minor key on the words "and I."  That pattern is then repeated for a truncated third verse/bridge, but then the fourth verse is a repeat of the third verse, but extended instead of truncated, leading to a conclusion with a new guitar fill.  Notice one thing that's missing?  No chorus!

One more little tidbit to notice is the lyric, “And I found that love was more than just holding hands."  Is that John indicating he's grown from (or making fun of) their prior effort, "I Want To Hold Your Hand"?

This song shows up in a scene that might be my favorite in the whole movie, when the guys are setting up their equipment and John starts singing the song to Ringo.  So cute!  That probably elevates it another several spots for me.

Mr. krista:  "It’s really interesting.  I have nothing to say you haven’t.  You schooled me pretty good on that song there.  It’s dreamlike in that it doesn’t go anywhere but you feel like you’ve traveled somewhere, but it never repeats, and the beat stays the same."

Suggested cover:  Sananda Maitreya (fka Terence Trent D'Arby)  DAY-UM.

 

No idea how I missed this song.   Just was doing the nightly review of this thread with Mrs APK, and we played this song for the kids.   My son said "I really love the harmony in this song, even though it's about love so the song sucks."

It's one of the first Beatles songs I remember hearing in my parents' basement on vinyl, and my mom and I used to try to each sing one part and really stick just to that part.  We still sing this song sometimes when I'm visiting, and we STILL struggle not to change parts -- which weirdly enough, we switch at the same time almost always.

Anyway, Mrs APK and love singing Beatles songs together, and this is one we both deeply enjoy.

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11 hours ago, krista4 said:

It will probably take me a little longer as I have some busier days upcoming.  I think on one of my snowed-in days I posted nine.  Maybe eight.

Nothing personal, but I hope you get hit with a blizzard soon.:D

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Well @krista4 you really stepped in it this time 

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1 hour ago, Getzlaf15 said:
12 hours ago, krista4 said:

It will probably take me a little longer as I have some busier days upcoming.  I think on one of my snowed-in days I posted nine.  Maybe eight.

Nothing personal, but I hope you get hit with a blizzard soon.:D

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5 hours ago, krista4 said:

45.  Tomorrow Never Knows (Revolver, 1966)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

There's so much to say about this song, about its production, the various innovations, that I'm sure I'll leave a lot of important stuff out.  I love this song.  It’s could be such a ####### mess, but it's not.  I love the drums, and the wah-wah-wah-wah bird-type sounds (more on that below). The spooky vocals, the tambour, tambourines, the dissonance.  The fact that it's all (almost) entirely one damn chord.  It's aural collage unlike anything produced before it.

John's lyrics were inspired by Timothy Leary's The Psychedelic Experience, his interpretation of the philosophy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.  While he initially wanted to call the song "The Void," he was afraid that would not be understood by the fans at this time, so he adopted a Ringoism for the title instead.  To be honest, I don't pay attention to these lyrics, but maybe others connect with them on a much deeper level than I'm capable of.  

For me, this is all about the music, including how Ringo and Paul keep it all together with the chaos that's going on about them.   There are so many innovations in this song that I won't discuss in detail, such as the backward reverb guitar parts, but I'll mention a few.  John instructed that he wanted his voice to sound "like the Dalai chanting from a mountaintop," which led to Geoff Emerick's idea to channel John's vocal through a Leslie speaker after the first verse.  The effect was that haunting, distant sound that matches perfectly with the lyrics.  

The drum sounds were also new to recording based on a couple of ideas.  Blatantly contravening EMI rules to keep microphones at least two feet from the drums, the microphones were put only a few inches away.  In addition, to dampen the ringing from the bass drum, a large sweater was stuffed in against the rear beater skin.  The results were these full, energetic drums heard on the record.  

As for the tape loops, these were originally from Paul, who was experimenting more with avant garde music at the time than the others, and who'd removed the erase-head from his home tape recorder, allowing additional sounds to be recorded each time the tape spooled through.  All the band members were given an assignment to make some tape loops and bring them back the studio, after which the group listened to the loops backward, forward, slowed down, sped up, any which way, until five were chosen, including the one that sounds like seagulls but is actually Paul laughing.  Then the loops were added to the track:  "Every tape machine in every studio was commandeered and every available EMI employee was given the task of holding a pencil or drinking glass to give the loops the proper tensioning.  In many instances, this meant they had to be standing out in the hallway, looking quite sheepish."  At the same time, in the control room Emerick and Martin "huddled over the console, raising and lowering faders to shouted instructions from John, Paul, George and Ringo.  (‘Let’s have that seagull sound now!’...)  With each fader carrying a different loop, the mixing desk acted like a synthesizer, and we played it like a musical instrument, too, carefully overdubbing textures to the prerecorded backing track."  As a result, the recorded version of this song could not possibly be re-produced.       

Mr. krista:  "The vocal thing that happens there is Lennon singing through a Leslie speaker, usually used with a Hammond organ, but Lennon sang vocals through it instead.  This happens all the time now.  But maybe never before this.  But still sounds so modern.  Sounds like it could have happened any time.  In terms of sound capture, this is an incredible record, and this is particularly an incredible track.  I doubt anyone had used multi-track recording quite like this.  There’s 24 tracks of wildly different sonic information with nothing to do with each other, but then assembled into a song that fits on the record…and it’s one chord!  There’s so much weirdness going on on that.  It’s so psychedelic."

Suggested cover:  Nah, that doesn't seem right for this one.  The genius is in the innovation and the one-time nature of the sound.

Matt Weiner paid $250K for the rights to use this song on Mad Men.  

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rLLL9DKpUa4

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On 2/1/2019 at 5:14 PM, krista4 said:

I quit.TM

we should have listened to her.

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4 hours ago, Dr. Octopus said:

I have seen the Grateful Dead play it. 

Me too :hifive:.   Suck it, Tanner.

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3 hours ago, simey said:

It had maroon curtains, a wooden back bumper, and a dent in the side with the word Ouch painted on the dent. 

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While The Beatles were big they were too mellow for me, I was more hard edged.blues based like The Rolling Stones.

I didn't really get into them until about 20 years ago now I own everything the band did (not the individuals) and I did make an attempt to come up with some rankings. nope, can't do it. Actually can't see how it can be done. So many great songs, too many great songs.

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Huh?

You people are tripping.  And frankly, way past tiresome.

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11 minutes ago, krista4 said:

Huh?

You people are tripping.  And frankly, way past tiresome.

I'm real damn high but not tripping. 

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14 minutes ago, krista4 said:

Huh?

You people are tripping.  And frankly, way past tiresome.

We're what now?

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6 minutes ago, shuke said:

We're what now?

Which part wasn't clear?

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Wait... Is this the tripping getting high thread too? 

 

I been gone too long. 

 

Pass it 80's!

 

 

 

Oh, Across the Universe is really quite near it seems. 

 

 

Nice thread and work Krista. 

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7 minutes ago, Man of Constant Sorrow said:

 

Oh, Across the Universe is really quite near it seems. 

 

Hey friend, glad you're here.  What means this?

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15 minutes ago, krista4 said:

Which part wasn't clear?

The part where you said " Huh? You people are tripping.  And frankly, way past tiresome."

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3 minutes ago, krista4 said:

Hey friend, glad you're here.  What means this?

WHAT PART WASN'T ####ING CLEAR TO YOU!?!??!

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Sorry you're having a bad night , GBshuke.

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5 minutes ago, krista4 said:

Hey friend, glad you're here.  What means this?

LOL. 

 

It means I'm really "spaced out"... so much soo... that... across the universe... 

 

... is slapping me in face, saying, "Glad you made it!" 

 

 

Or.. something like that I think... Perhaps. 

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