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The best Beatles song The Beatles never recorded

PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:17 pm
by NormanD
Starting off with this one: Spin My Wheels by US band Cotton Mather, from "Kon Tiki", 1997.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t66gzNt4Nmo

Any more recommendations?

Any discussion on the relative merits / demerits of The Fabs will either be frowned upon, laughed at, or both. I thank you.

Re: The best Beatles song The Beatles never recorded

PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:57 pm
by Adam Blake
Oh come on, Norm, how long have you got, f'fuxake?

Off the top of my head for starters:

Badfinger: "No Matter What"
The Monkees: "The Porpoise Song" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday"
World Party: "Sooner Or Later"
Gilbert O'Sullivan: "Nothing Rhymed"
Todd Rundgren: "I Saw The Light"
Blossom Toes: "Mr Watchmaker"
The Knickerbockers: "Lies"
The Merseys: "Sorrow"
Plus the whole of The Rutles album!

Or is that not what you had in mind?

Re: The best Beatles song The Beatles never recorded

PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:03 pm
by Adam Blake
Actually the best Beatles song the Beatles never recorded, as any fule kno, is Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed". Whether or not Macca had this up his sleeve when they were recording "Abbey Road" is still a matter for intense speculation amongst fellow anoraks (the Cornershop bus would be a fearsome place for non-believers, fortunately there aren't any). If he DID have it up his sleeve, which seems likely, he must have kept it back so that his solo album would have at least one good song on it (actually it's got about four). Imagine "Abbey Road" with "Maybe I'm Amazed" instead of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". Oh dear, I better go and have a lie down...

Re: The best Beatles song The Beatles never recorded

PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:59 am
by john poole
'I'm in Love' by The Fourmost - not really one of the best songs John ever wrote, but would have been a better choice for "With the Beatles" than 'Little Child'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC0PG0PWnT0

'You Tore Me Down' by the Flamin' Groovies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXfsHztgH84

Re: The best Beatles song The Beatles never recorded

PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:07 pm
by Adam Blake
[quote="john poole"]'I'm in Love' by The Fourmost - not really one of the best songs John ever wrote, but would have been a better choice for "With the Beatles" than 'Little Child'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC0PG0PWnT0

Seconded!

Re: The best Beatles song The Beatles never recorded

PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:14 pm
by Adam Blake

Re: The best Beatles song The Beatles never recorded

PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:26 pm
by NormanD
Adam Blake wrote:..Off the top of my head for starters...
Wot? No women?

Here's one for a start - Natalie Merchant
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvmxrUJ7qKE

A song featuring Auntie Mabel, from Mervyn Peake's poetry.

Re: The best Beatles song The Beatles never recorded

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:17 pm
by Nigel w
Adam Blake wrote: Imagine "Abbey Road" with "Maybe I'm Amazed" instead of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". Oh dear, I better go and have a lie down...


Absolutely wonderful notion and top post, Adam. I'm not imagining it. I'm reconfiguring the album that Abbey Road could and should have been on my i-Pod right now!

I think I might add My Sweet Lord as a hidden bonus track at the end,too...

Which sets me thinking: there must have been lots of songs by Young George which the Big Boys wouldn't let him put on any Beatles album. I believe some of the songs that surfaced on ATMP date back to as early as 1966. I'm sure Adam can tell us which ones.

Re: The best Beatles song The Beatles never recorded

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:19 pm
by Adam Blake
Dangerous territory. McCartney's version, although wonderful, is just a glorified demo. It lacks the sublime George Martin gloss. It also badly needs Ringo.

"Isn't It A Pity" apparently dates back to the "Revolver" sessions - it has the same 'ugly' chord change that the quiet one used on "I Want To Tell You" so I daresay he settled for that one. Most of "All Things Must Pass" was indeed written prior to the split.

Re: The best Beatles song The Beatles never recorded

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:52 pm
by Paul S
This one could run & run. Anyway, here's my choice.
Crowded House - 'It's Only Natural' (live version)
Which Beatles album could it have been on?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYydSFDV ... re=related

Re: The best Beatles song The Beatles never recorded

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:18 pm
by NormanD
Adam Blake wrote:The Merseys: "Sorrow"
They do refer to it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U14xSCKQEmM at 4:15

Have you heard the original of "Sorrow" by The McCoys (part-written by Richard Gottehrer, one of Charlie's Pingpong guests): http://www.charliegillett.com/playlist. ... 8January03

The McCoys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDWCsp3Y-oU

Re: The best Beatles song The Beatles never recorded

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:58 pm
by AndyM
The Raspberries - 'Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoUkC5dEO0Y

Golly gosh I haven't heard that for a long time.

Re: The best Beatles song The Beatles never recorded

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:58 pm
by Adam Blake
NormanD wrote:
Adam Blake wrote:The Merseys: "Sorrow"
They do refer to it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U14xSCKQEmM at 4:15

Have you heard the original of "Sorrow" by The McCoys (part-written by Richard Gottehrer, one of Charlie's Pingpong guests): http://www.charliegillett.com/playlist. ... 8January03

The McCoys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDWCsp3Y-oU


Lovely to hear that again but I think I prefer The Merseys. Lennon said it was one of the songs he most wished he'd written.

Re: The best Beatles song The Beatles never recorded

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:58 pm
by Adam Blake
Paul: "Rubber Soul" I reckon.

Re: The best Beatles song The Beatles never recorded

PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:35 pm
by allears
Hallo, everyone at Sound of the World !
For my very first post, I`d like to share this song, which is one of several very Beatlesque compositions by Gerry Rafferty:-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n1O61F_SfI