Favorite track left off US versions of Beatles LPs?

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Follow up to the similar Revolver poll. Now expanded to all releases that Capitol butchered from '64 to '66. Voting window also expanded from 13 minutes.

I'm counting Something New as a US version of A Hard Day's Night and omitting songs released as A-sides on singles in the states ("Eight Days a Week", "Yesterday", "Nowhere Man") as well as covers ("Roll Over Beethoven", "Act Naturally", etc.)

For me, it's between "I'll Be Back", probably my favorite early album cut, and "I've Just Seen a Face", which in my mind will forever be the lead track on Rubber Soul.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
And Your Bird Can Sing, (Revolver) 18
I'm Only Sleeping, (Revolver) 16
Drive My Car, (Rubber Soul) 5
If I Needed Someone, (Rubber Soul) 4
Every Little Thing, (Beatles for Sale) 3
What You're Doing, (Beatles for Sale) 3
I'll Be Back, (A Hard Day's Night) 1
What Goes On, (Rubber Soul) 1
Dr. Robert, (Revolver) 1
Tell Me What You See, (Help!) 1
You Like Me Too Much, (Help!) 0
It's Only Love, (Help!) 0
I Don't Want to Spoil the Party, (Beatles for Sale) 0
I've Just Seen a Face, (Help!) 0


punning display, Monday, 23 March 2020 14:38 (two weeks ago) link

About half of my 10 favourite Beatles songs are on that list. "I've Just Seen a Face" or "Tell Me What You See" (which very few people seem to love as much as I do).

clemenza, Monday, 23 March 2020 14:40 (two weeks ago) link

still voting for And Your Bird Can Sing

Οὖτις, Monday, 23 March 2020 14:41 (two weeks ago) link

Still can’t imagine not voting for ‘I’m Only Sleeping’.

coco vide (pomenitul), Monday, 23 March 2020 14:45 (two weeks ago) link

"What You're Doing" over "If I Needed Someone". They're not that far apart, aside from vocals? "What You're Doing" has maybe my favorite Paul singing ever.

Joey Corona (Euler), Monday, 23 March 2020 14:46 (two weeks ago) link

oh i actually get to vote for "i'm only sleeping" this time! cool!

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 23 March 2020 15:11 (two weeks ago) link

It's "I'm Only Sleeping" for me as well. Though I did always have a soft spot for "What Goes On".

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 23 March 2020 15:16 (two weeks ago) link

I think I'll have to vote for "And Your Bird Can Sing" again, but "I've Just Seen A Face" is probably runner-up.

The fillyjonk who believed in pandemics (Lily Dale), Monday, 23 March 2020 15:22 (two weeks ago) link

"Every Little Thing", a song only the Beatles could have originated.

Mark G, Monday, 23 March 2020 15:29 (two weeks ago) link

It's Only Love, (Help!)
I've Just Seen a Face, (Help!)
I'm Only Sleeping, (Revolver)
And Your Bird Can Sing, (Revolver)

One of these.

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Monday, 23 March 2020 16:11 (two weeks ago) link

Probably Face or Bird, but this is hard.

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Monday, 23 March 2020 16:12 (two weeks ago) link

"i'm only sleeping." "and your bird can sing" and "i've just seen a face" admittedly very very close

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 23 March 2020 16:29 (two weeks ago) link

Now I want to write a song called 'Face or Bird'

Frederik B, Monday, 23 March 2020 16:30 (two weeks ago) link

I've never heard a good version of "It's Only Love," not even Bryan Ferry's.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 March 2020 16:37 (two weeks ago) link

I've never heard a good version of "It's Only Love," not even Bryan Ferry's.

― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), lundi 23 mars 2020 17:37 (fifty-eight seconds ago) bookmarkflaglink

IIRC Lennon said he thought it was trash. I love it. His voice is so great on it.

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 23 March 2020 16:42 (two weeks ago) link

hard not to vote for the revolver tracks. in a housefire i'd reach for "i'm only sleeping", but "and your bird can sing" blows me away every time - it's just a perfect composition

Karl Malone, Monday, 23 March 2020 16:54 (two weeks ago) link

the revolver tracks and i've just seen a face tower over the rest.

likely going with 'i'm only sleeping.'

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Monday, 23 March 2020 17:00 (two weeks ago) link

I'm only sleeping.
I neither understand the overwhelming enthusiasm for And your bird can sing nor the derision for dr. Robert in the other thread, but I've just seen a face as the perennial runner-up sounds about right.

Deflatormouse, Monday, 23 March 2020 18:12 (two weeks ago) link

overwhelming enthusiasm for "and your bird can sing" = follow that guitar

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 23 March 2020 18:23 (two weeks ago) link

^

Karl Malone, Monday, 23 March 2020 18:30 (two weeks ago) link

it is like an exuberant host showing you around a wonderland (only not annoying)

Karl Malone, Monday, 23 March 2020 18:30 (two weeks ago) link

Sometimes I think it's Harrison's best solo.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 March 2020 18:35 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, it could me, and he has so many perfect guitar parts

Karl Malone, Monday, 23 March 2020 18:37 (two weeks ago) link

-be-

Karl Malone, Monday, 23 March 2020 18:37 (two weeks ago) link

going with "and your bird" again

"i'll be back" might be my runner-up, AHDN is so perfect

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 23 March 2020 18:41 (two weeks ago) link

IIRC Lennon said he thought it was trash. I love it. His voice is so great on it.

Lennon was a great artist, but his aesthetic judgment was fallible.

Though it is also possible in his public statements he said bonkers things just to make people scratch their heads - would be very much in character

love will keep us apart (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 23 March 2020 18:57 (two weeks ago) link

I always regarded Bird and Dr Robert as among the lesser Lennon songs on Revolver, which is to say I like them, and both have elements that I love more than the song as a whole.
In and your bird can sing, it's obviously the dual guitar lead, but I never listened to it *that* way. I'm always down to anthropomorphize a guitar line. Could be what i'm missing.

I hear a lot of the Byrds in both songs, and I'm only sleeping as maybe more quintessentially Lennon.

Deflatormouse, Monday, 23 March 2020 18:59 (two weeks ago) link

Lennon also said "Cry Baby Cry" was "rubbish."

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 March 2020 19:09 (two weeks ago) link

I hear a lot of the Byrds in both songs, and I'm only sleeping as maybe more quintessentially Lennon.

definitely. i actually didn't realize Bird was a lennon song, even though obv he sings on it. it doesn't sound like a typical lennon song at all.

Karl Malone, Monday, 23 March 2020 19:12 (two weeks ago) link

Actually, "I've Just Seen a Face" wasn't scrap-heaped to a comp album -- it led off the U.S. version of Rubber Soul!

This sequence is bananas.

https://i.imgur.com/B1WpT76.jpg

pplains, Monday, 23 March 2020 19:16 (two weeks ago) link

(and "It's Only Love", fwiw.)

pplains, Monday, 23 March 2020 19:17 (two weeks ago) link

Paul & George's dual harmonic lead guitar on Bird is pretty nice, esp. the little tricky part in the bridge...

i've always had a soft spot for the intro/outro on the revelatory version that appeared on Anthology:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf22VR71ags

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 23 March 2020 19:38 (two weeks ago) link

it doesn't sound like a typical lennon song at all.

Yeah, I didn't realize it myself initially, if anything I sort of subconsiously assumed George wrote it.

There could easily be a seperate thread/poll for classic Lennon songs that he unfairly disavowed if there isn't one already.

Deflatormouse, Monday, 23 March 2020 19:41 (two weeks ago) link

Wow @ the anthology version. I guess the title is no accident. And your byrd can sing.

Deflatormouse, Monday, 23 March 2020 19:44 (two weeks ago) link

Beatles goofing around in a studio a welcome sound.

clemenza, Monday, 23 March 2020 19:51 (two weeks ago) link

Re: the guitar parts, iirc it was one of the illustrations of their desire to make some Bach-type harmonies.

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 23 March 2020 19:56 (two weeks ago) link

Johann Sebastian Shankar

Deflatormouse, Monday, 23 March 2020 20:02 (two weeks ago) link

I thought it was George Martin’s job to come up with the Bach melodies

Karl Malone, Monday, 23 March 2020 20:02 (two weeks ago) link

I'd rank them like this:

I'm Only Sleeping, (Revolver)
If I Needed Someone, (Rubber Soul)
And Your Bird Can Sing, (Revolver)
What You're Doing, (Beatles for Sale)
I've Just Seen a Face, (Help!)
Every Little Thing, (Beatles for Sale)
I'll Be Back, (A Hard Day's Night)
Drive My Car, (Rubber Soul)
I Don't Want to Spoil the Party, (Beatles for Sale)
Dr. Robert, (Revolver)
What Goes On, (Rubber Soul)
It's Only Love, (Help!)
Tell Me What You See, (Help!)
You Like Me Too Much, (Help!)

Darin, Monday, 23 March 2020 22:49 (two weeks ago) link

I've never heard a good version of "It's Only Love," not even Bryan Ferry's.

― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), lundi 23 mars 2020 17:37 (fifty-eight seconds ago) bookmarkflaglink

IIRC Lennon said he thought it was trash. I love it. His voice is so great on it.

― AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 23 March 2020 16:42 (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

I believe John was OK with the music, it was the lyrics he disdained.

"Cry Baby Cry" could be a case of John knocking a lyric out quickly because he could.

Mark G, Tuesday, 24 March 2020 12:13 (two weeks ago) link

btw ,I do like Gary US Bonds' version.

Mark G, Tuesday, 24 March 2020 12:14 (two weeks ago) link

If I Needed Someone, one of my all time faves.

Valentijn, Tuesday, 24 March 2020 12:54 (two weeks ago) link

Lennon later spoke of his embarrassment at the triteness of the lyrics. He told Hit Parader magazine: “That’s the one song I really hate of mine. Terrible lyric.” In another interview he named It’s Only Love and Rubber Soul’s Run For Your Life as his least favourite Beatles songs.

It’s Only Love is mine. I always thought it was a lousy song. The lyrics were abysmal. I always hated that song.
John Lennon
All We Are Saying, David Sheff

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 24 March 2020 13:01 (two weeks ago) link

eheh, and again :
Lennon was later dismissive of And Your Bird Can Sing, describing it as “a horror” and “throwaway”.

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 24 March 2020 13:04 (two weeks ago) link

still voted for "I'm Only Sleeping" in fact i woke up singing this song just the other day.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 22:56 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 26 March 2020 00:01 (one week ago) link

Surprised by the apparent lack of love for "Drive My Car"!

stop torturing me ethel (broom air), Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:24 (one week ago) link

I voted for it because I think it is groovy

love will keep us apart (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:46 (one week ago) link

fun Beatles > introspective Beatles

love will keep us apart (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:47 (one week ago) link

another for _and your bird..._

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Thursday, 26 March 2020 16:15 (one week ago) link

"And Your Bird Can Sing," but disagree that Revolver tracks tower over others here and would probably go "Every Little Thing" and "I'll Be Back" after it.

I don't think the lyrics to "It's Only Love" are worse than lots of other early Beatles tracks, but that was maybe at a point where Lennon was pushing himself to go farther.

timellison, Thursday, 26 March 2020 22:53 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 27 March 2020 00:01 (one week ago) link

Foiled again.

coco vide (pomenitul), Friday, 27 March 2020 00:03 (one week ago) link

ugh ILM is wrong twice

octobeard, Friday, 27 March 2020 01:07 (one week ago) link

Right twice

Οὖτις, Friday, 27 March 2020 01:20 (one week ago) link

George had to tell Joe Walsh ILX was right twice instead of once.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 27 March 2020 01:37 (one week ago) link


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