The Beatles - Doctor Robert

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  1. ping-ping-clicka

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    Heck, yeah. Between the unusual guitar tones and genuinely strange riffs, that's an incredible tune. It's like a mini-symphony with the radically different movements. Yet pure pop, too.
     
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    It's important to remember that the public didn't know the backstory when this song came out. They could guess, but they didn't know for sure.
     
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    Dr. Robert is such a great song... super clean AND elegantly messy too... great tones, great harmony... just a killer, sounds as fresh today as when it was recorded.

    I remember seeing Andrew Gold at the Roxy years ago (when he first went solo) and his third encore was Dr. Robert and it was done perfectly... they had great singers in his band and the harmonies were really great....

    thanks for posting!
     
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    Awesome song. Revolver is my favourite Beatles album, followed by Rubber Soul. They were really on fire in 65-66.
     
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    Great tune! Sang this one for years in two bands; it was surprising how many people didn't really know it.
     
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    Totally forgot about that song!
     
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    One of their great overlooked tunes.
     
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    The Monkees would not exist but for this Beatles tune.
     
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    And was not on the US version of Revolver.

    In fact a lot of John's songs (Sleeping, Robert, Bird) were removed from the US release and placed on Yesterday and Today, which interestingly, came out 6 weeks before Revolver
     
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    I was just listening to this album again yesterday, and having grown up on the US version, the presence of all the missing Lennon tunes is still a little jarring to me...

    It's an alright song, but to my ears it's the only track on Revolver that isn't groundbreaking. It would have fit in better with the Rubber Soul tunes. For this reason, I always liked it more in the Yesterday and Today sequence.

    (Don't hate me! I'm still the Beatles' #1 Fan!)
     
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    Great song. I love the clucking guitar work. Is that when they started to use Fender amplifiers, and John got the Casino?
     
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    Funny if you forget that you're listening to The Beatles you would swear that you're hearing Carl Perkins and James Burton on guitars
     
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    The Beatles left nothing on the cutting room floor with their releases.

    They weren't the kind of artists who had tons of outtakes they could choose from. The used every scrap they had.

    Their EMI contract demanded 2 full UK albums (around 13-14 songs each) and 3 singles a year (an additional 6 songs).

    That's 36 songs needed a year, so it comes out to about a new song (very little covers at this point) every 10 days.

    For Rubber Soul, it meant using everything they had, including fake songs from their youth they used to pick up girls in the Art School Cafeteria, when Paul and George came to visit John (Michelle).

    For Revolver, it meant making something out of songs that basically only had one chord (Tomorrow Never Knows)

    Brian Epstein would usually schedule them off of work (touring, appearances) for 10-14 days to write all the songs for the new album. Paul and John would think they "had it made" to have two weeks off. :)

    Unbelievable by todays standards.
     
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    What's not to like?
    Beatles pop tune, with a great drum track and fabulous guitar playing.
    Ringo and George just killin' it.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    rubber soul, revolver. best of the beatles.
     
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    I know Ringo couldn't sing ( yet look at his '70's hits output), but so what!
    This is a fun song!
     
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    According to Ringo, it's about touring in northern England on a Bus with no Privy.
    John had to make do behind a seat.
    Upset Paul terribly.
     
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