Worst Beatles song on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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9. When I'm Sixty-Four 28
1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 22
8. Within You Without You 20
6. She's Leaving Home 14
3. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds 13
10. Lovely Rita 9
7. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! 9
11. Good Morning Good Morning 7
5. Fixing a Hole 6
2. With a Little Help from My Friends 6
4. Getting Better 4
13. Day in the Life 3
12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) 1


Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 09:52 (thirteen years ago) link

I got fed up of waiting.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 09:52 (thirteen years ago) link

(Apologies to abanana.)

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 09:52 (thirteen years ago) link

So many to choose from

Aw naw, no' Annoni oan an' aw noo (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 September 2009 09:53 (thirteen years ago) link

You not keen on this album then, Tom? I didn't use to be.

Up until the Love compilation I'd have said Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite, but ever since then I've liked that track a lot more (now it sounds like an actual psychedelic funfair carnival circus, as opposed to like a psychedelic funfair carnival circus 100 miles away and encased in ice).

I'm tempted to go for When I'm 64 through televisual theme over-exposure and it's slightly too jokey/hokey-Paul continuation of the loneliness themes established in Eleanor Rigby and For No One.

People voting for George are getting SB'd fast.

George Martin says leaving Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever off this was the worst decision of his career with The Beatles, pretty much. Anyone agree?

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 09:56 (thirteen years ago) link

I don't remember why anymore but whatever MacDonald said about "Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite" got me to like it.

I can't vote for anything save "Within You Without You", sb away if you must. My admiration for it has gone up with the remasters, especially on the mono version where the laughing is higher in the mix. What did George think about the laughing?

Soul Finger! (Euler), Thursday, 24 September 2009 09:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Fixing A Hole.

nate woolls, Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:05 (thirteen years ago) link

Lovely Rita.

iago g., Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:08 (thirteen years ago) link

There are no bad songs on this glorious album, but "Good Morning, Good Morning" is the least good, so it gets my vote.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:12 (thirteen years ago) link

xp: u mad

those .rawr blogs (kingkongvsgodzilla), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Hongro's getting an SB for that too.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:13 (thirteen years ago) link

So's Iago. The coda of Rita might be the best thing on the album.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:13 (thirteen years ago) link

George Martin says leaving Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever off this was the worst decision of his career with The Beatles, pretty much. Anyone agree?

Leaving "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "This Boy", "She Loves You", "I'll Get You", "From Me To You" and "Thank You Girl" off "With The Beatles" (and replacing them with pointless cover versions that should never have been recorded) was much worse.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Not sure that I agree with George Martin. "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" stand apart from the Sgt Pepper concept, being site-specific and personally autobiographical: Paul on one side of the single and John on the other, so almost literally two sides of the same coin. So the concept of the single is perfect as it stands, and shoving the same tracks onto the album would only have diluted it.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:14 (thirteen years ago) link

I mean, at least the two forementioned songs would appear on "Magical Mystery Tour" in the US instead, and ultimately be included on the worldwide CD version 20 years later. Along with three other great non-EP tracks.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:16 (thirteen years ago) link

She's leaving home. the arrangement is horrible.

tomofthenest, Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:16 (thirteen years ago) link

How good would Past masters 2 be if SFF and PL were on that?

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:19 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm voting "Good Morning Good Morning", which I've always found difficult to love. It's the track where my attention is most likely to wander.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:19 (thirteen years ago) link

XXP Nothing wrong with a pre-rock era arrangement IMO although I am sure they could have done other interesting things with it too. Anyway, "She's Leaving Home" is a beautiful song and far from the worst here.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:19 (thirteen years ago) link

She's leaving home. the arrangement is horrible.

You mean the arrangement whereby the girl leaves home and runs off with a second hand car dealer?

Aw naw, no' Annoni oan an' aw noo (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:19 (thirteen years ago) link

I've never been terribly keen on Paul's pastiches of 20s and 30s songs, and he did a lot of them. When I'm 64 is irritating and gets my vote.

Zelda Zonk, Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:20 (thirteen years ago) link

How good would Past masters 2 be if SFF and PL were on that?

Well, in that case, it would also have contained "All You Need Is Love", "Baby You're a Rich Man", "Hello Goodbye" and every single "Magical Mystery Tour" EP track. Which would have made it too long.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:20 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh good grief Geir.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:22 (thirteen years ago) link

What did George think about the laughing?

It was George's idea. (Harrison, that is)

.. after all the serious music, to lighten the mood.

Mark G, Thursday, 24 September 2009 11:16 (thirteen years ago) link

Ah, right then. It's a beautiful touch that improves the song immensely.

Euler, Thursday, 24 September 2009 11:18 (thirteen years ago) link

George's track, once again, went up in appreciation over the years.

The Sonic Youth cover on "Knew my father" is fine. (Most of the rest are pointless)

Mark G, Thursday, 24 September 2009 11:19 (thirteen years ago) link

There are no bad songs on this glorious album, but "Good Morning, Good Morning" is the least good, so it gets my vote.

Agree w/the first part, disagree w/the second. "Good Morning, Good Morning" has always been a favorite of mine. I know YOU won't agree, but listening to the mono remaster has really revealed some new things in all of these songs for me.

Anyway, of all the songs, the one that's always come closest to "meh" for me is "Mr. Kite" so . . .

Pancakes Batman (Pancakes Hackman), Thursday, 24 September 2009 11:57 (thirteen years ago) link

I love Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father, esp. Frank Sidebottom's "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" and, right, Sonic Youth's "Within You Without You."

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:03 (thirteen years ago) link

this is my least favourite of the later period albums (bar let it be of course) - a revolver mkII, dressed up as a concept album (which it isn't - hardly any lyrical or musical themes going on here, unlike rubber soul as i soliloquised ont hat thread) - more bells and whistles and less good songs than its predecessor. i much prefer the recent easy star allstars version of the album where they actually manage to make good use of stuff like "within you without you", turning it from a tuneless mess into an awesome dub epic.

That said I can't really fault "Benefit" (FUN!), "Day In The Life" (Awesome!), "She's Leaving Home" (it's interesting lyric wise anyway), "64" (sang it at school, can't hate it), "Fixing A Hole", "Getting Better" - but the rest is either edging very close to the MOR ("A Little Help", although I think some of the wordplay is quite nice), useless psych-lite gumph ("LSD"), or retreads of things they did better on Revolver ("Dr Robert" wasn't very good, so why do another awkwardly plodsome character-song on "Lovely Rita"? And for that matter "Good Day Sunshine" and "Good Morning Good Morning" are both shite).

I think I'm going to vote for "Good Morning Good Morning", it's totally useless!

dog latin, Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:04 (thirteen years ago) link

You're an idiot.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:09 (thirteen years ago) link

:-(

dog latin, Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Also even though I can't blame the Beatles for it, "Mr. Kite" resulted in this awfulness:

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

Pancakes Batman (Pancakes Hackman), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:12 (thirteen years ago) link

Lovely Rita is is not a plodding character sketch - it's a joyous celebration of picking up women in uniform and getting high with them!

I voted Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, which I'm sure some people will think is a challop as well. I like the chorus and the verses, but I think that the shift from one to the other is very sudden and awkward. Additional reasons include feeling a little gyped by this song when I finally did drop acid.

those .rawr blogs (kingkongvsgodzilla), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:18 (thirteen years ago) link

These polls are just a steady reminder of how much I HATE Paul McCartney's songwriting/voice/etc. I had all these albums on tape with the Macca songs removed so I've actually forgotten how some of them go.

I Like Daydreams, I've Had Enough Reality (Masonic Boom), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:21 (thirteen years ago) link

"Good Morning Good Morning" = don't know how this one goes, though that's a plus point when up against the likes of "When I'm 64"

Aw naw, no' Annoni oan an' aw noo (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:24 (thirteen years ago) link

GOOD MORNING GOOD MORNING GOOD MORNING = isn't that the one that goes I'VE GOT NOTHING TO SAY BUT IT'S OK and so on? Which is actually SCARY AS HELL when you've been actually tripping to the rest of the album.

I Like Daydreams, I've Had Enough Reality (Masonic Boom), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh, the one with no tune? Other than the usual George Harrison one with no tune?

Aw naw, no' Annoni oan an' aw noo (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:27 (thirteen years ago) link

Though I think Getting Better is the one that really inspires my ire. (Except for that telling burst of sarcasm "can't get no worse")

I Like Daydreams, I've Had Enough Reality (Masonic Boom), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:28 (thirteen years ago) link

This'll be easy – so many duds. "Within You, Without You," "When I'm Sixty-Four," "Fixing a Hole." I went with "Sixty-Four" because, for all its supposed charm and polish, it makes me want to eat babies.

Little starbursts of joy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:35 (thirteen years ago) link

The middle section of WYWY, when the sitar and strings accelerate against each other and the tabla really starts going for it too; fucking awesome.

I don't hear how this album is Revolver MKII AT ALL, Charlie; in terms of both texture and mood, this is vastly different.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:37 (thirteen years ago) link

OK I want to hate this record; I should hate it given its rote (and pernicious) position as the greatest this, that, or the other (not to mention its influence on decades of crappy self-expression). But life is rarely so neat and as it turns out, I adore the shit out of the thing (just like Citizen Kane, groan). What can I do? Every track gives me goosebumps and/or chokes me up even my pick for the worst song, "When I'm Sixty-Four" (never noticed Paul rolling his r's at the end of "your" in "grandchildren on your knee" - so cute!). And while I'll continue to pick on Paul, my absolute fave is "She's Leaving Home" which I now hear as one of the last glimpses of a Paul/John utopia.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, that's a very Scottish pronunciation of "on your knee"; I'd venture at Aberdeen area of Scotland too if I thought I knew wtf I was talking about. I've always been intrigued by it; I assume McCartney has some Scots heritage and is aiming to express that?

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:44 (thirteen years ago) link

I wonder if anyone will vote for the title track. It seems too vestigial for anyone to truly hate (or love?).

And there's no option for the outgroove or do people hear that as part of "A Day in the Life?"

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Irish heritage surely? Probably Ulster? (xp)

Aw naw, no' Annoni oan an' aw noo (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:47 (thirteen years ago) link

As I'm used to Pepper on CD I've always heard the outgroove as a coda to A Day In The Life.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:48 (thirteen years ago) link

voted for mr. kite, so annoying.

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Nick, you've gotta remember the last time I really really listened closely to these albums (as opposed to delving into them on occasion) was 10 years ago as a sixth former. Working through those albums in my late teens, I was very disappointed by Peppers when I got to it, especially after Revolver which blew me away. Given this, I have a sneaking suspicion that my ear will be more willing to accept things like WYWY a little more now than it did at 17. I have only so far purchased the Abbey Road remaster so far, so I'm gonna wait till I can afford the new version of Peppers till I do this.

I'd be interested in what way you think the texture and mood of Peppers is so different from Revolver. I maintain Sgt Pepper's is a weaker version of Revolver, and I don't understand why it was this record that got lauded for so many years as this huge progressive step, when I'd consider the difference between Rubber Soul and Revolver much greater than that of Sgt Peppers, which for the most part sounds like a retread of a lot of previous ground. Some great tracks on here, but I find things like "Lovely Rita" and "Good Day Sunshine" to be really awkward-sounding - and I'm a McCartney fan(!)

Kevin OTM about "When I'm Sixty Four" - is it true Macca wrote this one several years prior to it being recorded?

dog latin, Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:55 (thirteen years ago) link

he wrote it in 1935

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:55 (thirteen years ago) link

I wonder if anyone will vote for the title track. It seems too vestigial for anyone to truly hate (or love?).

I love the hellllllll out of the title track and its reprise.

those .rawr blogs (kingkongvsgodzilla), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:57 (thirteen years ago) link

Like, that last little lick at the end of reprise almost brings me tears of joy.

those .rawr blogs (kingkongvsgodzilla), Thursday, 24 September 2009 13:01 (thirteen years ago) link

lol c@al

pepper has been probably my favorite beatles album for a couple of years now, i used to kinda hate it for basically the same reasons i love it now. it's like 'Beatles: The Musical', it's emotionally manipulative and corny.

it has the richly saturated color pallette that none of their other records have, too. in that regard the difference between pepper and the other toy shops & lollipops psych records of the time is like the difference between disney and walter lantz.

if anything i'm more partial to Oldies Station Beatles these days

"H to the Izzo" means "I love you" (Deflatormouse), Saturday, 19 November 2022 20:57 (two weeks ago) link

when they all sing “do you believe in a love at first sight” in “walhfmf” i levitate a little, so wonderful

lets hear some blues on those synths (brimstead), Saturday, 19 November 2022 21:18 (two weeks ago) link

how did A Day in the Life get any votes here, let alone more than the title track reprise?

akm, Sunday, 20 November 2022 23:00 (one week ago) link

dogs voting

lets hear some blues on those synths (brimstead), Monday, 21 November 2022 04:07 (one week ago) link

I vividly remember "Fixing a Hole" explaining psychedelic experience to me when I first heard it, aged about 8 or 9.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 21 November 2022 04:13 (one week ago) link

Note that the hole stops his mind from wandering, rather than allowing it to roam further.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 21 November 2022 04:17 (one week ago) link

It’s curious to me how little Fixing a Hole gets mentioned – by myself includesd. It’s not a showy song but it’s absolutely one of my favourites on the album, and one of McCartney’s best lyrics, unusually personal, particularly for the period. I’m out without my headphones and now I’m eager to get home and play it.

Alba, Monday, 21 November 2022 09:00 (one week ago) link

Note that the hole *stops* his mind from wandering, rather than allowing it to roam further.


I thought fixing the hole is what stops his mind?

Lord Pickles (Boring, Maryland), Monday, 21 November 2022 18:20 (one week ago) link

He's obsessed with this hole, so fixing it will free him from his obsession and allow his mind to drift off elsewhere.

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Monday, 21 November 2022 18:27 (one week ago) link

"Fixing a hole where the rain gets in" vs. "Rain, I don't mind."

dinnerboat, Monday, 21 November 2022 18:37 (one week ago) link

It's the rain that stops his mind from wandering.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 21 November 2022 18:50 (one week ago) link

Raining on him through the hole, evidently.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 21 November 2022 18:50 (one week ago) link

it really doesn't matter if you're wrong you're right

comedy khadafi (voodoo chili), Monday, 21 November 2022 18:53 (one week ago) link

"good morning good morning" has a great bridge but the rest of it is mostly irritating imo

comedy khadafi (voodoo chili), Monday, 21 November 2022 18:54 (one week ago) link

well, John hated it too.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 November 2022 18:54 (one week ago) link

ha well john usually had the worst beatles opinions of anyone, but a broke clock etc.

comedy khadafi (voodoo chili), Monday, 21 November 2022 18:55 (one week ago) link

IIRC, Lennon wrote it in annoyance after hearing a cereal commercial. It's supposed to be irritating.

That said, there are no bad songs on this album, Beatles or otherwise.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 21 November 2022 18:56 (one week ago) link

yes, it is successfully irritating but again, the bridge is good, and the solo is freaky enough.

comedy khadafi (voodoo chili), Monday, 21 November 2022 18:56 (one week ago) link

xps Yeah "Fixing A Hole" definitely feels underrated. I love the harpsichord, and the vocal melody and performance feels like the most soulful thing on the album to me.

My least favorite track is easily "Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" because I have a personal aversion to circus music.

J. Sam, Monday, 21 November 2022 19:10 (one week ago) link

the chords are very cool in that one, tho

comedy khadafi (voodoo chili), Monday, 21 November 2022 19:39 (one week ago) link

My brain tut-tuts their "read shit off of things" like Mr. Kite or Savoy Truffle.

But gotta admit, those are some of my favorites.

pplains, Monday, 21 November 2022 20:45 (one week ago) link

yeah, I can't think of any songs I dislike, but the album has a few that I never want to hear again ("With a Little Help...," "When I'm 64") and others in which I've no interest ("Fixing a Hole," "Mr. Kite," "She's Leaving Home").

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 November 2022 20:45 (one week ago) link

As someone who grew up on the Muppets (and whose wife loves Coronation Street), I have to defend "When I'm 64."

dinnerboat, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 15:45 (one week ago) link

Even though Lennon and Ringo admitted that they gave up on the narrative concept after two songs, aurally the entire album feels conceptually bound together. Except for a few songs, I rarely listen to any of these on their own - they all seem to benefit immensely when heard together as an album.

birdistheword, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 18:32 (one week ago) link

I know it became fashionable to knock Pepper - not without good reason thanks to Rolling Stone constantly hyping it as some insurmountable achievement in pop culture - but I always thought it was a great album regardless.

birdistheword, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 18:43 (one week ago) link

Listened to it last night (1986 Capitol Vinyl), great album indeed.

lets hear some blues on those synths (brimstead), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 19:21 (one week ago) link

The narrative aspect is a bit of a red herring, but I think the songs are of a piece thematically. The are all songs about different aspects of day-to-day British life seen through the same winking mod/hippie lens.

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 21:18 (one week ago) link

I know it became fashionable to knock Pepper - not without good reason

For instance having Lovely Rita, Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite, Good Morning Good Morning and When I'm 64 on it.

Oh wouldn't it be rubbery? (Tom D.), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 21:31 (one week ago) link

have always adored “mr kite” and surprised ppl hate it lol

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 21:34 (one week ago) link

I love "Lovely Rita" — just the sound of the vocals is totally classic.

tylerw, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 21:37 (one week ago) link

and McCartney's loopy bass playing! what's not to love.

tylerw, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 21:38 (one week ago) link

Yeah I love all of those tracks except When I'm 64, and even then the song does fit into the album's general world.

birdistheword, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 21:40 (one week ago) link

And Tyler's right, one thing I've really grown to appreciate is Paul's bass-playing on Beatle records, especially on Pepper.

FWIW, with "Good Morning Good Morning," I always thought it was a great lead-in to the finale. It's got a buried anger that feels like it's going to erupt as Lennon details the tedium of everyday rituals, like he's itching for something more out of life.

birdistheword, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 21:58 (one week ago) link

I dig "Rita" too. "Took her home, I nearly made it / Sitting on the sofa with a sister or two" - Paul's gentle ribaldry is an underrated aspect of his songwriting.

Vast Halo, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 22:04 (one week ago) link

"When I'm Sixty-Four" is cute. Cool piece of trivia: Paul McCartney ended up turning 64 himself a few years ago!

J. Sam, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 23:13 (one week ago) link

no way

assert (matttkkkk), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 23:18 (one week ago) link

And yet he wrote the song when he was 14, wikipedia tells me. That strain of old-timey songs of Paul's (64, Honey Pie, You Gave Me The Answer etc) has been a constant throughout his career, interesting to see it was there right from the beginning

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 23:28 (one week ago) link

At least Paul made it to 64. Fuck cancer and psycho fans.

birdistheword, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 23:38 (one week ago) link

all songs about different aspects of day-to-day British life seen through the same winking mod/hippie lens.

Yep, and “Rita,” “Good Morning,” and “Mr. Kite” all end with, “By the way, I’m observing this while baked”: “Rita”’s reverb-drenched coda, the animals at the end of “Good Morning,” the randomly-cut-up organ in “Mr. Kite.”

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 23:39 (one week ago) link

I’m not an audiophile but listening to a clean vinyl copy of this on my parents decent stereo with really good headphones was an immersive experience for 8 year old me. Nothing since has sounded as good as that record did then.

Lord Pickles (Boring, Maryland), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 01:15 (one week ago) link

I used to listen to my dad's copy on my GE foldout record player. I would immerse myself in the lyrics printed inside the gatefold cover as though they were a holy text.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 01:16 (one week ago) link

Ringo sounds so awesome on much of this album.

lets hear some blues on those synths (brimstead), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 01:32 (one week ago) link

I love the proto-Roy Wood overdriven horns in “good morning good morning”

lets hear some blues on those synths (brimstead), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 01:33 (one week ago) link

proto-Roy Wood yes!

you can see me from westbury white horse, Wednesday, 23 November 2022 01:39 (one week ago) link

Ringo sounds so awesome on much of this album.

― lets hear some blues on those synths (brimstead), T

Particulary on "A Day in the Life" while John goes ayyyyyyyyyyy-ahhhh

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 03:17 (one week ago) link

Enjoying a really nice headphone listen to this album r/n, prompted by this revive. For the first time I'm really noticing the stereo (it's my mom's old 60s copy that I grew up with, but I don't know if I've ever done the attentive headphone thing before), which can be pretty distracting in some places!

In my mind the album has a kind of unifying blanket of psychey haze, but it doesn't always. Some parts, like the verses in Lucy, feel oddly almost empty versus the versions in my head! If you can't also hear the stuff that's not there, I get how it could hit your ears as plodding. Good Morning Good Morning has WAY less punch this way, with the chorus just being this thing that happens rather than this enveloping wall of multitasked GOOD MORNINGS ringing out like electrified church bells. OTOH, being able to hear the seams between everything just makes it MORE trippy and unsettling that the lead guitar parts all over the album keep popping up out of the ground for a couple seconds before disappearing again...

But, I'm also noticing lots of specific sonic details that I'm loving! The reverb/decay on virtually everything. Some of the string arrangement on She's Leaving Home (especially under "waiting to keep the appointment she made"). The way Fixing A Hole could almost already be a Ram song, and A Day In The Life, at the beginning, could basically be a John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band song. Everything Ringo does for Getting Better. The charming little guitar part that sneaks into When I'm Sixty-Four in like the last thirty seconds. Lots of the bass parts. Just how good the album-concluding tone is as it sits there, becomes less about the hugeness of its arrival, and becomes, briefly, a womblike ambient wash...

Great album, no bad songs, but She's Leaving Home for "worst."

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 23 November 2022 03:21 (one week ago) link

crazy talk, She's Leaving Home is the 2nd best track on the album after A Day in the Life!

lord of the rongs (anagram), Thursday, 24 November 2022 20:05 (one week ago) link

^ that’s what I tend to think too. The only question is would it have been better had George Martin done the strings instead of Mike Leander.

Josefa, Thursday, 24 November 2022 20:12 (one week ago) link

Lovely Rita is a decent enough song, but the production, arrangement and performance elevate it so far above it's compositional worth it's ridiculous. The layered harmonies.. Parts of this song are aural bliss. There's really no need for it to sound this good, and I honestly think it's one of their best recordings.

glumdalclitch, Thursday, 24 November 2022 23:14 (one week ago) link

I should add it's basically a skiffled-up George Formby song

glumdalclitch, Thursday, 24 November 2022 23:35 (one week ago) link


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