John Lennon - Dream #9

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  1. Dan R

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    John seemed to have an obsession with the number 9. This is my favorite song he ever recorded. You can hear some George Martin influence in the arrangement. I have heard covers but nothing even comes close to the emotional impact and sheer groove and smoothness of this track. I've always thought it was brilliant. The chord progression is quite simple, genius.
     
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    I completely agree.

    This song haunts me in a good way.....
     
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    I forgot to mention this was the B-Side to "Whatever Get's You thru the Night" which charted No. 1 in America.
     
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    Haven't ever really listened to this tune closely. Amazing, thanks.
     
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    Thank you for this. I haven't heard this song in years. I used to cover it with a friend of mine what seems like a lifetime ago. Listening to it now it's like time traveling to back then.
     
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    Yeah -- it's a great one. It sounds simple and perfect while also original and strange. Who knows what John might have produced had he been allowed to live.
     
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    The thing you have to understand about the song and album is that it isn't simple at all - it just sounds simple. The chording is sophisticated, the production is quite sophisticated, it was recorded at Record Plant East. and everyone involved was highly professional, which was sort of different for John.

    Bob
     
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    It's #9 Dream, not Dream #9. And the B side is What You Got...

    The B side of Whatever Gets You Thru the Night is Beef Jerky.
     
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    Thanks for the corrections. I'm usually a little better with details.
     
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    All four were tracks on the Walls and Bridges album. :)
     
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    Walls and Bridges was disappointing for me.
    RIP John. He must have been in a great mood on his way home that night. Wife at his arm. New album. Clean.
    When bad people visit others lives...
     
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    One of his better solo efforts.
     
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    Thanks for posting this. What a beautiful song with great guitar work. Amazing.
     
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    This from the website Songfacts:

    John Lennon was fascinated with the recurrence of the number nine throughout his life, which included:

    Lennon was born on October 9.
    His first home was 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree, Liverpool - three names which each contain nine letters.
    The Beatles' first gig at The Cavern Club took place on February 9, 1961.
    Brian Epstein, The Beatles' manager, first saw them perform on November 9 that same year.
    The Beatles' contract with EMI was confirmed on May 9,1962.
    The Beatles' debut single, "Love Me Do," was on Parlophone R4949.
    Lennon's son Sean shared his father's birthday.

    Also, The Beatles first appeared on Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964.
     
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    # 9,#9,# 9... :twisted:

    I always wondered if it was Jesse Ed Davis who played the slide intro??? :cool:
     
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    There's more

    https://www.beatlesbible.com/features/john-lennon-number-nine/
     
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    I love this song too, and always wondered where John pulled this one from. I guess #9 Dream. It really has a unique sound and feel, different from all his other songs.
     
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    It's ethereal and hypnotic but has a great bass line. This is one of the most perfectly produced, orchestrated and engineered songs I've ever heard. I've heard it a million times but never get tired of it.
     
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    Hey Dan...maybe we could do a poll:

    Is John saying...

    A: Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé

    B: I'm Noel Coward, who'll say the same?

    C: I know a coward, ***** *****!
     
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    Not George?
     
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