What are the 10 weakest Beatles tracks? That’s precisely the question I asked when I started pondering ways to write a quick post.
For the record, I’m limiting this to official releases through 1970. No “Free As A Bird” or “What’s The New Mary Jane” here.
Revolution 9, from the album “The Beatles” (a.k.a. The White Album) – I can still remember the first time I heard this, I spent 8 minutes and 22 seconds waiting for the actual song to start… and then it was over.
Good Night, “The Beatles” – As far as I’m concerned, the White Album ends with Paul’s little doodle after Cry Baby Cry: “Can you take me back where I came from, can you take me back…”
The Inner Light, B-Side to “Lady Madonna” – I first heard this in the early 1980’s, when I found the 45 at a yard sale. When I got it home and listened to it, the disappointment was palpable.
Till There Was You, “With The Beatles” – A show tune? Really? Well, I guess they needed something to play for the Queen.
Honey Pie, “The Beatles” – I would be far from the first person to state that The White Album is a tremendously uneven effort.
Mr. Moonlight, “Beatles For Sale” – The song doesn’t live up to John’s introductory wail.
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, “The Beatles” – Years ago, this song would’ve fared much better. It has not aged well.
Bad Boy, originally on the U.S. album “Beatles VI” – not a bad song, but a relatively weak effort.
I Wanna Be Your Man, “With The Beatles” – This Lennon/McCartney song was recorded and released by the Rolling Stones a few weeks before the Beatles version.
A Taste Of Honey, “Please Please Me” – Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass is a guilty pleasure of mine, and I have to say that Herb’s version is far better. Heck, I even prefer the version by The Hassles, a Long Island “Blue-Eyed Soul” band from the 1960’s that featured a young Billy Joel.
Please note that some decidedly odd tracks like “Wild Honey Pie” or “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road” did not make the cut. Sue me, I like them….
…And I freakin’ love “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)”! Let’s hear it for Dennis! HA HEY!
So tell me I’m an idiot. Tell me I’m deranged. Tell me what Beatle-y travesty I missed while quickly whipping this post together.