Beatles Island Songs, 163-154

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163 I’m a Loser from Beatles for Sale (UK), Beatles ’65 (US). Another downer from the Beatlemania period.
162 Something from Abbey Road. A nice, though overplayed song. But I was always a bit peevish about the way Harrison stole the first line from James Taylor, when he was signed by Apple.
161 Little Child from With the Beatles (UK), Meet the Beatles (US). Nice little early tune. At some level, the earliest songs, with few exceptions, will fare less well than the middle period work. I didn’t buy Meet the Beatles album until about when Revolver came out, and as I recall, it came from my record club in STEREO when I had a mono player. At the time, these things just did not mix. Eventually I said, the heck with it and played it anyway, to no discernible harm.
160 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da from the white album. Another Macca dance hall song. Fun enough.
159 Only a Northern Song from Yellow Submarine. My favorite thing about this Harrisong is the title, referring to the company that published Beatles’ songs.
158 Not a Second Time from With the Beatles (UK), Meet the Beatles (US). Really like the bottom of this Lennon song.
157 Honey Don’t from Beatles for Sale (US), Beatles ’65. A nice Ringo vocal on this Carl Perkins song.
156 Cry Baby Cry from the white album. A moody Lennon tune.
155 Anna (Go to Him) from Please Please Me (UK), Introducing the Beatles./The Early Beatles. A nice Lennon cover of the Arthur Alexander song.
154 No Reply from Beatles for Sale (UK), Beatles ’65 (US). Yet another downer. I had discussion of misheard lyrics re this song with my father at the time.
Some Beatles fans have fantasized about what the next Beatles album might have sounded like, had the band not broken up in 1970; or if they’d taken a break, then gotten back together. I was never one for such idle speculation but here’s one take and here’s another.
Dick Cavett interviews John and Yoko in 1971.
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0 thoughts on “Beatles Island Songs, 163-154”

  1. We bought a Beatles re-mix a few years ago – although it was produced by George Martin it never went down very well here – they have now brought 2 more cd collections out which we are buying for Christmas. Next year we are hoping to buy a juke box. A friend of ours deals with them so we are all ready thinking about what selections we will have. Fun planning!


    1. Denise – Are you talking about the LOVE album? It’s definitely a mixed bag, with some working very well, and others sounding more like some K-Tel records you’d find on late night TV.


  2. I’ve always preferred their *old* songs. Their later albums never really did anything for me. The only one I sort of followed after they split was Paul. So, I guess I never really wondered about future albums if they had stayed together.


  3. I still have two albums with LP records. We played them over and over again. I could appreciate this music even if I am devoted to classical music especially baroque music.


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