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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 02:43 PM
Anybody familiar with this obscure yet crazy tune?

In 1967 after the Beatles finished the Sgt. Pepper album, there was plenty of studio downtime. They started fooling around with a strange mantra-like lyric that John Lennon lifted from the cover of a telephone book “You know the name, look up the number.” Not much of a song, the Beatles started to turn it into a joke. Added sound affects (cuckoo clocks, raking sounds provided by Mal Evans.) They even invited Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones to play the saxophone solo at the end. Although the track was left unfinished for a while, John and Paul finally added some vocals in April of 1969. The end result was quite Monty Python-esque.

The song was edited and mixed down in mono. The finished product became the b-side of the “Let It Be” single in 1970. It didn’t get released onto an album until 1980 when it appeared on the “Beatles Rarities” and then on the CD “Past Masters.”

Any comments? If you’ve never heard the track before, it’s worth checking out at least once. Though it’s basically a joke, there is some music on it, like the piano bit at the end.

 

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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 03:07 PM
The Beatles-You Know My Name(Look Up The Number)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sgeG7qwnR0

Thanks, I don't THINK I have ever heard it.

 

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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 03:08 PM
At one point it was slated to be the A-side of a single (with a similarly constructed track "What's The New Mary Jane?", only released officially on Anthology 3, as the B-side)

I always have liked "You Know My Name...".

 
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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 06:30 PM
Yes, it's wierd. I still have my 45 copy of it with "Let it Be" on the other side.
 

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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 06:35 PM
Someone I worked with back in 1984, or so, was a real Beatles-head. He gave me a cassette of his faves, and that song was the last track on his mix. I haven't heard it in years, but I can still recall most of the song...

 

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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 11:29 PM
I used to sing that song all the time and often still do.I LOVE that song!!!
 

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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 11:36 PM

 

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  posted on 12/18/2008 at 12:14 AM
"Let's hear it for Dennis O'Bell!!"
 

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  posted on 12/18/2008 at 12:17 AM
That'sd one of the songs I never heard of before!
 

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  posted on 12/18/2008 at 05:41 AM
You know me number one, you know me number 2, you know me name you know me number whats up with you HA!

 

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  posted on 12/18/2008 at 08:15 AM

 

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  posted on 12/18/2008 at 08:51 AM
One of the very, very few "riff" I ever picked up when I took about one year of Clarinet lessons in the 4th grade.

That and Red River, A Tisket A Tasket A Red and Yellow Basket.....

I was not a prodigy.

 
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  posted on 12/18/2008 at 09:36 AM
There's a 2 hour radio show in Philly Sunday AM at 7:00 called "Breakfast with the Beatles" that features lots of rare tracks, studio outtakes, demos, etc. They played an extended version of this track 2 weeks ago - it has a few extra sections, and is a few minutes longer.

This is a great show for beatles fans! It is on station WMGK, 102.9 in Philly, on the web at
[url] http://www.wmgk.com/


[Edited on 12/18/2008 by Phillyguyxyz]

 

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  posted on 12/18/2008 at 12:07 PM
I've been a huge fan of this song since I was just like 5 years old. Now it is one of my 3 year old daughter's favorite song. She requests it A LOT.

Yes, the Anthology had a different edit with some different sections cut in, but cutting down one of the parts from the regularl version and fading out early. There are edits floating around on bootlegs that puts the whole thing back together, which to me is my favorite version. It runs 6:10 and one of the most prominent parts is the 2nd part, which is a ska version of the progression, which is pretty cool.

The thing about the song for me though, is although it is quite silly, I still think it's a great chord progression. If you listen to that last part, and other than the humorous grumbling, musicially that is excellent with a great sax solo from Brian Jones.

 
 


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