Beatles Island Songs, 183-174

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183 Honey Pie from the white album. More dance hall McCartney. This was apparently the music he learned from his father.
182 Polythene Pam from Abbey Road. Another 48-second song, which would have fared better in the medley. In fact, the link is to the medley.
181 Blue Jay Way from Magical Mystery Tour. An interesting Harrison song about Los Angeles.
180 Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey from Beatles for Sale (UK), Beatles VI (US). Not one of their strongest covers. And it annoyed me that the Little Richard latter part wasn’t credited at the time.
179 Revolution 9 from the white album. This is too interesting, too weird to go out in the bottom 10. But ultimately too weird to keep.
178 Misery from Please Please Me (UK), Introducing the Beatles (US). As with There’s A Place, never on a US Capitol album until something called Rarities, long after the group’s demise. So it was largely out of my consciousness.
177 Flying from Magical Mystery Tour. Only instrumental in the canon, attributed to the 4 Beatles. Disposable filler.
176 Happiness Is a Warm Gun from the white album. I have no real idea what this Lennon song is about, though it apparently has something to do with sex and Yoko.
175 Savoy Truffle from the white album. A Harrison trifle. A truffle is a trifle.
174 Rock and Roll Music from Beatles for Sale (UK), Beatles ’65 (US). A relatively perfunctory version of the Chuck Berry song, compared with some of the other songs Lennon covered.

The most popular Beatles album downloaded in the first week on iTunes was Abbey Road, coincidentally the most popular vinyl Beatles album. Here Comes The Sun was the most popular individual song.

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