Hey Jude, Stand by Me and Let it Be with Bruce Springsteen and Queen Elizabeth

The Beatles

 

I tried to watch the Beatles special last night, but it was such a gloss of nothing that I turned it off. I decided this morning to do my own tribute. What is your favorite Beatles song?

Old Paul and Old Bruce Together

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The Beatles, Concert for Queen Elizabeth

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John Lennon, Stand by Me. Lennon’s artistic power comes through in this casual recording.

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Let It Be; another casual performance that shows their command of their medium.

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  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    I would say Let It be is my favorite, but my other favorites are Ticket to Ride, A Day in the Life, Norwegian Wood, The Long and Winding Road. I would include Hey Jude, but that ending that seems eternal always makes me wince. Stand By Me is not an original Beatles song and I don’t even think of their version.

  • FW Ken

    Well, someone is showing her age. ;-)

    I was a big Beatles fan back in the day, but in retrospect, their early music was what was later called bubble gum (but lots of fun) and even then I thought their later stuff was pretentious. Yesterday is about the only song I still like.

    Anyway, I had to watch finals of the snowboarding slopestyle and ice dancing. Awesome stuff!

    • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

      That’s sad. That’s really sad. Personally, I have been a Beatles fan (and a Springsteen fan) for the last forty years or so. Oh, and I discovered them at the same time as I was discovering Beethoven. So I think I have a pretty clear idea of what their music is about and how it compares with the best of the best. And you know what? It’s still great stuff.

      • FW Ken

        It’s true: I’m a dweeb. Although to be honest, SisterCynthia reminded me of other Beatle’s songs I like. For that era, I really like Buddy Holly, but not much else. Maybe it was my sister making me dance with her to the American Bandstand.

  • oregon nurse

    While My Guitar Gently Weeps. The story is that George Harrison wrote it after feeling a spiritual inspiration about the interconnectedness of everything, nothing was coincidence. He felt inspired to open a book and write a song about the first thing he saw – it was “gently weeps”. The lyrics are kind of dumb but the melody never fails to evoke something very emotional and bittersweet in me.

    • Bill S

      Wow. I feel exactly the same as you. Over the years, George became my favorite Beatle. Eric Clapton playing lead guitar at the Concert for Bangladesh is one of my favorite concert highlights.

  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    That majestic duet of the Knight and the Boss actually makes me spit with anger. I ask you: you have quite literally the two greatest rockers in the world, no contest, together for the first time (“Why on Earth didn’t we do this twenty or thirty years ago?” “I don’t know…”) – if that does not meet your definition of historical event, you’ve got no soul. And what happens? some moron from the local council cuts off the electricity because – in the 24-hour city, world capital of culture and especially of pop music, in a place where pop concerts are regular events – it was late in the evening and they thought local people wanted to sleep! If they did not want to be kept awake by historical concerts, they should have gone to live somewhere else. One year after that horror, I am still furious. It’s just as well nobody revealed the name of the council jobsworth who ended prematurely one of the greatest concerts in music history – I think I’d have had to stand in a long queue to have my chance of lynching him, otherwise.

    Still, Bruce and John are Rock and Roll. Even at their age.

  • SisterCynthia

    Hmm… favorite Beatles songs… “Eleanor Rigby” is probably my number one all around, but most especially as a cello piece, rather than their actual recording. “When I’m 64″ is really cute. “Yesterday” is better than your average “I lost my girl” song. “Revolution” is pretty good, too, espeically as a response to militant radicals. And I like “Here comes the sun.” They definitely had a huge impact and were very talented. I wish they’d been better influences on the culture, but that’s another matter. Their talent is undeniable.

    • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

      Oh I forgot to mention Here Comes the Sun and let’s not forget the other George harrison song While MY Guitar Gently Weeps. Those are definitely favorites for me.

    • Bill S

      “I wish they’d been better influences on the culture, but that’s another matter.”

      I just did a post on the opening of Pandora’s Box and especially the sexual revolution. I should add the British Invasion to that box.

  • Chesire11

    Whenever my son or I are faced with a seemingly unanswerable question, one of the otehr of us is certain to chuckle, and ask, “So, what’s YOUR favorite Beatles song?”

    • Bill S

      Here in Massachusetts we say “How ’bout those Red Sox?” In Texas they say “How ’bout those Cowboys?”

      • SisterCynthia

        In the NW, folks ask How ’bout them Mariners? Well, now it might be “them Seahawks.” But a safe one is always The Weather. Because yes, rain comes in so many styles that you can talk about that, all else failing. ;)

      • FW Ken

        Actually, it’s “how ’bout them Cowboys”. Some years, it’s “them Rangers”. Of course, with Nolan Ryan defected to the Astros, I expect the area will pin hopes on them Cowboys.

  • pagansister

    I watched the first hour, then went to Downton Abby, then back to the Special. Hard to say what my favorite songs are. Too many! They have been and will remain one of the best groups ever.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    But I have to say, and this will get me in trouble here, while the Beatles are great, The Rolling stones are better. :)

    I have a post on my blog of a Stones’ song that ties in with this week’s Gospel reading:

    http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/2014/02/music-tuesday-salt-of-earth-by-rolling.html

  • perpper

    I never much cared about the Beatles. And Bob Seger was better than that brat from NJ.

    • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

      Takes all kinds. Including the deaf.

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  • peggy-o

    Watched the whole thing-my teens had to suffer thru me griping about the newer artists that they like– some were good. The archival stuff was the best along with letterman itvws and finale with Paul and Ringo. Much of their catalog still holds up today. White album still a favorite. Am with Manny on the Stones but the Dead are still my fav’s. Jerry Garcia recorded an intense version of Dear Prudence!
    I play Let it Be and Hey Jude on the piano- kinda corny but the first I sing to Mary and Jude is my patron saint and he helps me much


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