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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 01:26 PM
I take the bus to work every morning, and for the duration of the commute, I listen to my Ipod. This morning the shuffle of my 17,000 plus songs finally got me to one of the strangest songs on the Ipod: The Beatles REVOLUTION 9.

It's quite interesting listening in headphones, all those sound effects, weird orchestral sounds and chaos going thru your mind in stereo. Some parts are pretty eerie or even frightening!
Many people have tried to interpret it (including Charles Manson) over the years but I think of it as just a crazy piece of avant garde from the mind of John Lennon.

Any opinions or comments for REVOLUTION 9?

 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 01:29 PM
I generally hit the skip button when I come to it

listened to it once, could care less if I ever hear it again

but that's just me ...

 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 01:44 PM
might be the worst cut the beatles ever produced.

 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 01:50 PM
Not a fan.

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Can't remember the exact title but there's another "experiment" that I believe is also from the "White Album" sessions. Really like this one.

"What a Shame Mary Jane Had a Pain at the Party"


[Edited on 7/27/2010 by jcb]

 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 02:09 PM
Probably my least favorite track on the White Album but it's really no worse (in my opinion) than a couple of the other tracks on the album - Wild Honey Pie and Why Don't We Do It In The Road come to mind. You just have to remember the time and cultural context in which the album was released (assuming you were there and of a certain age). There was some crazy sh!t happening in 1968. The White Album is just an artifact of that time. I am certainly a fan of the White Album.

 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 02:51 PM
I LOVE the White Album. I've listened to it a million times front to back. There have been times I've skipped it but for the most part I'll let it rip. It's got a rythym and parts albeit a little different from the regular 4/4 verse chourus solo outro format it's still interesting. It's a sound collage . It ain't for everyone. I listen with an open mind.......
 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 02:55 PM
I skip it, but you after understand that this was a musical expression in it's infancy but over the years artists such as Bill Nelson,Brian Eno or Harold Budd have been much more successful in creating a sonic collage.Which makes No 9 sound pedestrian.

 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 06:07 PM
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Probably my least favorite track on the White Album but it's really no worse (in my opinion) than a couple of the other tracks on the album - Wild Honey Pie and Why Don't We Do It In The Road come to mind. You just have to remember the time and cultural context in which the album was released (assuming you were there and of a certain age). There was some crazy sh!t happening in 1968. The White Album is just an artifact of that time. I am certainly a fan of the White Album.


WDWDIITR is a great song. How can you compare it to the nonsense of Revolution 9?

 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 06:40 PM
I like it -- fits in just fine on my Space Jams tape, w/other cuts like PFloyd's On The Run, the middle part of Echoes, space music from the Steve Winwood/Michael Shrieve 1976 album Go etc etc -- obviously Yoko and acid had a telling effect on Rev. #9, #9, #9, #9, #9...

 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 09:38 PM
Listening with ears wide open, I try to hear something that I missed the last time. It IS a very strange recording.
 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 09:44 PM
I like music that has a melody a rhythm and a beat. I guess I just don't like space music. Luckily Lennon did very little of this and wrote a lot of brilliant songs.

 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 09:51 PM
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I skip it, but you after understand that this was a musical expression in it's infancy but over the years artists such as Bill Nelson,Brian Eno or Harold Budd have been much more successful in creating a sonic collage.Which makes No 9 sound pedestrian.


First time I've ever seen Harold Budd mentioned on the boards here -- he did a 1972 album "Pavilion of Dreams" that I've never been able to find, which is supposedly great -- his song on the Trance Planet Vol II CD is one of the better ones

You also mentioned Brian Eno -- one of my favorite listens is the 1975 album he did w/Rob't Fripp, "Evening Star" -- transfixing

I do think #9 #9 #9 #9 stands up well, for what it is

"The Watusi"
"The Twist"
then George chims in w/ "The Eldorado"
then that weird "block that kick, block that kick" at the end -- what an out-there song -- I dig it

 

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  posted on 7/28/2010 at 10:51 AM
Well, I'm always biased on Beatles stuff... but yeah, I'm a fan. As much as you can be a fan of it.

It's really not a song, as much as a sound collage. But I've heard as much as I've heard most songs. I really know it inside and out.

To me, it just adds to the versatility of the album. But I don't expect many others to like it. It is however fun to listen to when you're in the mood.

For those of you who don't know: The first song recorded for the White Album was in fact "Revolution 1". Which was titled simply "Revolution" at the time. The final take went on well beyond the fade out and apart from adding backing vocals and other parts, Lennon put some tape loops on it. When he went back to it, he decided to add more loops and it started getting pretty strange. - The idea at the time was that Lennon really wanted "Revolution" to be a single. So he lopped off the last half of the recording and then really went nuts with the loops and made it a sound collage. The only elements from the original recording are John's vocal track screams of "ALLLLRIGHHHTTT"

In the end the other Beatles thought "Revolution" was too slow, so they went back and re-recorded it and that is the version we now call "Revolution". Obviously thinking that original recording was still good and worthy of release they retitled it "Revolution 1" and put it on the album and then of course "Revolution 9" also made the album...

 

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  posted on 7/28/2010 at 11:59 AM
I actually like the single Revolution the best.

 

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  posted on 7/29/2010 at 11:42 AM
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I skip it, but you after understand that this was a musical expression in it's infancy but over the years artists such as Bill Nelson,Brian Eno or Harold Budd have been much more successful in creating a sonic collage.Which makes No 9 sound pedestrian.


First time I've ever seen Harold Budd mentioned on the boards here -- he did a 1972 album "Pavilion of Dreams" that I've never been able to find, which is supposedly great -- his song on the Trance Planet Vol II CD is one of the better ones

You also mentioned Brian Eno -- one of my favorite listens is the 1975 album he did w/Rob't Fripp, "Evening Star" -- transfixing

I do think #9 #9 #9 #9 stands up well, for what it is

"The Watusi"
"The Twist"
then George chims in w/ "The Eldorado"
then that weird "block that kick, block that kick" at the end -- what an out-there song -- I dig it


The H Budd CD "By the dawn's early light" is truly gorgeous with Pedal steel by B.J Cole and electric guitar by Bill Nelson,if you get the chance check it out.

 

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  posted on 7/29/2010 at 12:04 PM
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might be the worst cut the beatles ever produced.




Not even close.


The Fab Four had loads of crappier songs.





I'm always curious to hear what Beatles tracks people think are crappy...

 

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  posted on 7/29/2010 at 01:38 PM
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I'm always curious to hear what Beatles tracks people think are crappy...




I don't understand the blanket endorsement of all Beatles tunes.

Not all of their songs are BRILLIANT or masterpieces.

Some of their songs are just DUMB and LAME.

How about Lovely Rita?

Those dorky British accents and their quirky music can get old pretty quick.

And how about Penny Lane.

I get annoyed at some of the dorkier tunes.

A lot of Beatles tunes make me want to buy AMERICAN and to listen to AMERICANS.

The Beatles were GREAT but they weren't perfect everytime.

Yellow Submarine, like I want to hear about stuff like that.

And I have many Beatles cds and many albums.

And the band made some movie soundtracks, Help and Hard Days Night, do you really think all of those songs are classics, or that they are all AWESOME tunes.

Sorry, every great band has a few toads in their catalogue.





Yes, I understand that everyone has their own opinion which is why I asked what songs you don't like. And with the Beatles, I've run into it several times where people think the worst Beatles songs are the same songs that someone else would put in their top 10 and vice versa.

I wasn't asking because I was "praising" everything the Beatles ever done, I was simply curious what you thought was crappy. And your list was interesting.

I realize not every band is perfect. And rarely do people like everything by every band.

There is a particular ABB song that everyone seems to praise that I think is just a bad song... it's my opinion and unlike many other songs in life where I sometimes think its great and other times don't, I don't think I'll ever like that one. It doesn't make me wrong or right.

No snottyness was meant in my original question...

 

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  posted on 8/3/2010 at 09:21 AM
revolution 9 - too hard to dance to.
 
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