Beatles Song Countdown: 120-116

120: Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby

Album: Beatles for Sale
Writer: Carl Perkins
Singer: Harrison

Verdict: A rare song where George hits some higher notes, though now I read his voice was heavily produced using echo delay. A pretty decent cover, and it firs the theme of the group during this time due to their fans’ obsessions. 

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Beatles Song Countdown: 125-121

125: I’ve Got A Feeling

Album: Let It Be
Writer: Lennon/McCartney
Singer: Lennon/McCartney

Verdict: A few times John and Paul each had a song that they had only partially composed and decided to combine the two songs together. This is my least favorite, though the two guys were barely speaking at this point so it’s not that surprising. I love the bridge where Paul screams “All that I’ve been looking for was somebody who looked like you!” John’s “everybody” song at the end is a nice fade-out but it goes on a bit too long. 

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Beatles Song Countdown: 135-131

135: Sexy Sadie

Album: The Beatles
Writer: Lennon
Singer: Lennon

Verdict: I used to likr this song more as it’s a good demonstration of John’s occasional ability to hit the high notes (You laid it down for all to see!). But lyrically it’s rather dull and my wife’s cat is named Sadie. And now I read that it was basically a “Fuck You” song to Maharishi Yogi. 

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Beatles Song Countdown: 140-136

140: Please Mister Postman

Album: With the Beatles
Writer: Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, Robert Bateman
Singer: Lennon

Verdict: Five writers, really? Anyway, the first Motown single to go #1 thanks to the Marvelettes. John doesn’t do it the same justice, but it’s such a solid song it works okay anyway. 

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Beatles Song Countdown: 155-151

155: Good Night

Album: The Beatles
Writer: Lennon
Singer: Starr

Verdict: Curious as to why John wrote this for his son but didn’t wind up singing it. Perhaps because he knew he couldn’t top Paul’s ode to his son, Hey Jude? I mean, why else dump it on Ringo? Ringo’s voice ain’t too bad here, but it is incredibly cheesy with lush orchestral arrangements by George Martin.  Continue reading

Beatles Song Countdown: 160-156

160: Blue Jay Way

Album: Magical Mystery Tour
Writer: Harrison
Singer: Harrison

Verdict: Another song where Harrison seems to be intentionally avoiding any semblance of range. Almost monotone, and I’m also referring to the lyrics. Plus, the endless repetition of “don’t be long” gets very tiresome. And there’s that Hammond organ again I don’t like.  Continue reading