"Slow Down", the sloppiest Beatle recording

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  1. jwb1231970

    jwb1231970 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    This could be the worst Beatle recording as well. John's vocal is great of course, the drums are great...but listen to the song and the piano sounds like it can't keep time well throughout the song, the instruments don't seem to be playing together, and George's solo sounds like his first pass through it.
    This must have been one take, throw a couple of overdubs on, and call it a day.

    Worst George solo on a Beatle studio album.

    SLOW DOWN
     
  2. Steve Hoffman

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    No such Beatles song as Slowdown maybe you're thinking of ELO.
     
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  3. jwb1231970

    jwb1231970 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    fixed, doesn't change the sloppyness
     
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  4. Bern

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    Maybe Lightfoot and Sundown?....:)
     
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  5. cublowell

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    I do wish they would have made sure the manually double-tracked vocals actually matched up for the whole two minute song, I mean I know they were in a hurry but come on! Matchbox is the same way. But these were just EP throwaways at the time I guess.
     
  6. Daily Nightly

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    Something New, though, is one of the few *stereo* Capitol gatherings to sound (nearly) as good as what it shares with the U.K. AHDN.
     
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  7. jwb1231970

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    The scream leading into the terrible guitar solo sounds overdriven, now that I think about this I'm starting to feel Slow Down is a playfully sloppy recording.
     
  8. Veech

    Veech Space In Sounds

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    From Slow Down

    "The song was taped swiftly in six takes in the afternoon of 1 June 1964. The rhythm track of take three was the best, and onto this was overdubbed a double-tracked Lennon vocals.

    Three days later George Martin added a piano part. None of the performers appear to have taken it too seriously, with vocal fluffs (most noticeably during the line "But now you've got a boyfriend down the street"), a somewhat workmanlike guitar solo and generally sloppy playing.

    But that's the essence of rock 'n' roll, and Lennon's vocal has enough brio to make the result worth searching out by Beatles fans."

    My opinion, file under Beatles: filler.
     
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  9. buzzzx

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    Very early Beatles, great Lennon vocal, sloppy and loud, it's all good.
     
  10. chacha

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    Six takes? Wow. Wonder how sloppy the other ones were!
     
  11. Bern

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    Lots of Beatle flubs in the early years. That's what makes it endearing. I only wish Ringo's drums would have been brought up a bit more.

    Bern
     
  12. Vinyl Socks

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    Sloppy? It pretty much rocks, IMO.
    Try "You Know My Name(Look Up The Number)". That's a bit sloppy.
     
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  13. The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man Forum Resident

    I can't believe this thread wasn't started by Johnny Moondog 909!
     
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  14. jwb1231970

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    I agree the drumming is great but a bit buried
     
  15. chacha

    chacha Forum Resident

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    I don't think anyone is sayin it don't rock.
     
  16. MLutthans

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    I love the "pbpbpbpbpbpbpbpbpbpbpbpbpbpb if you want our love to last" bit.
     
  17. JoeRockhead

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    it's an awesome track
     
  18. Drifter

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    Love me some good ol' Slop 'n' Roll.
     
  19. jwb1231970

    jwb1231970 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    That half step chord slide that happens each measure, George probably thought it would be somewhat buried in the mix---the mix is one of the oddities of this song - sounds like the guitar and piano rhythm is pushed way to the front and drums and bass are buried
     
  20. DrJ

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    "Sloppy" - one way of looking at it. Or you could say "Raw, authentic, and fun." Studio perfection=way overrated (IMHO).
     
  21. Rose River Bear

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    Yep. Hey at least Day Tripper probably came from it. :D
     
  22. Bern

    Bern Well-Known Member

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    I think you've also correctly spelled it!

    Here's the original...also has it ..but not nearly as good. (IMO)
     
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  23. vamborules

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    It sounds like rock n roll and it's utterly fantastic. One of their best.
     
  24. Drifter

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    I've always loved the imperfections on "Slow Down", like when John sings "but now you've got a boyfriend down the street" on one vocal track and "but now you don't care a dime for me" on the other. We even used to sing it that way in my band. :laugh:
     
  25. Steve Hoffman

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    Our band did as well. Copied the guitar solo as well. Funny.

    Only old people remember SLOW DOWN as a Capitol picture sleeve 45 with MATCHBOX on the other side. Tremendous compression on the mono mix. Later, on SOMETHNG NEW when we heard that weak, stoopid stereo mix, we couldn't believe how much it hurt the song.
     

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