ALL TOGETHER NOW: RANKING ALL THE BEATLES SONGS: #180: ‘SLOW DOWN” / #179: ‘OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA”

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All Together Now: Ranking All The Beatles Songs: All Together Now: Ranking All The Beatles Songs: So far #204″ “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”, #203:” Mr. Moonlight”, 202:”Wild Honey Pie”, 201: “Chains”, 200:”Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? 199: “Honey Don’t.” 198: “A Taste Of Honey”, #197: “Matchbox”- #196: “Devil In Her Heart” # 195: “Little Child”, #194: “Anna”, #193: “Dig It.” and today #192: Maggie Mae” #191: “Do You Want To Know A Secret.”.”#190:”Flying” 189: ‘Her Majesty.” #188: “Run For Your Life” #187: “Till There Was You.” #186: ” Dig A Pony”, #185:” Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby. #184:” Bad Boy”, #183:”She’s A Woman.”#182: “Words Of Love”, #181:”Thank You Girl.” #180:’Slowdown” and #179:” Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.:

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#180- ‘Slow Down”- released in the U.S. on Something New- and later Past Masters I. ‘Slow Down” was released as a single in 1964 and went to #25 in the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Slow Down’ is another Beatles cover of a Larry Williams tune from 1957- it was the b-side of “Dizzy Miss Lizzy.”In Ian MacDonald’s beyond excellent Revolution In The Head he comments on ‘Slow Down as -“one of the Beatles’ least successful rock-and-roll covers”, lacking “bottom, drive and basic cohesion” and stated that “The guitar solo is embarrassing and the sound balance a shambles”. He also pointed out the edit at 1:14 whereupon the piano momentarily disappears and McCartney’s bass becomes inaudible.

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#179: ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”- from The Beatles aka The White Album. A lot of people love this song. Actually I am kind of surprised I ranked it this high- at one time it was right up there with ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ as my least favorite Beatles song. It’s grown a little on me over the years- but obviously it’s still in the lower 4th of my rankings so I am not wild about it. A Paul being too cute kind of song- something that his solo career would be criticized for. Both John and George disliked this song- and Blender magazine would rank it as one of the 50 Worst Songs Ever. But plenty of critics and fans liked it.

This was another one of those songs which McCartney drove the rest of the band crazy- thinking he had a masterpiece his wanting to get the song perfect annoyed the rest of them- even pissing off producer George Martin.

From Wikipedia.

McCartney’s perfectionism annoyed his bandmates and when their producer, George Martin, offered him suggestions for his vocal part, McCartney rebuked him, saying, “Well you come down and sing it.” According to Emerick, the usually placid Martin shouted in reply: “Then bloody sing it again! I give up. I just don’t know any better how to help you.” The following day, Emerick quit working for the group; he later cited this exchange between McCartney and Martin as one of the reasons, as well as the unpleasant atmosphere that had typified the White Album sessions up to that point.

4 responses to “ALL TOGETHER NOW: RANKING ALL THE BEATLES SONGS: #180: ‘SLOW DOWN” / #179: ‘OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA”

  1. ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ is one of those tunes I’d characterize as weirdly catchy.

    Musically, it’s what in German you’d call ‘Humtata Musik’ you could picture some village horn-based band perform. McCartney’s bassline sounds like something a tuba could play.

    At the same time, undoubtedly, the tune’s melody is pretty easy on the ears and stays with you.

    McCartney definitely has a gift for catchy melodies, and that sucker is probably now stuck in my brain for the rest of the day, so thank you very much – but, hey, it could be a lot worse! 🙂

  2. Slow Down sound quality is terrible and I listened for the 1:14 mark. I don’t hate Obli De. It felt like part of the rest of the White Album. I liked it more when I was younger but now feel neutral about it.

  3. One place in Germany ranked Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da as the top pop song ever…that I totally disagree with…it’s a polarizing song…I’ve seen people love it and some hate it.

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