The Beatles "Mr Moonlight"

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Sear, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Tarragona (Spain)
    It reminds me of music for an old people dance party .
    Is there someone here who likes the song?
    Any redeeming quality?
  2. Derrell Gore

    Derrell Gore Well-Known Member

    Texarkana. Tx
    One of my favorites vocal. I believe this is John
  3. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Tarragona (Spain)
    Sorry now I see another thread like this one.
  4. Rich C

    Rich C Forum Resident

    Northbrook, IL
    It doesn't need any redeeming quality as far as I'm concerned. But, I would mention that John has a pretty incredible vocal on that track. It's also interesting to note that at about the same time John was writing I Feel Fine the group still found this song to be worth doing on a record, since they used to play it in the clubs. Now that's pretty fascinating when we look at it from the perspective of Beatle progress. What a juxtaposition!
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  5. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

    Lawrenceville, NJ
    Not as bad as My Mummy's Dead or the Walls & Bridges version of Ya Ya.
    But it's close.
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  6. tug_of_war

    tug_of_war Sassafras & Moonshine

    No, thanks. I prefer Revolution 9.
  7. dance_hall_keeper

    dance_hall_keeper Forum Resident

    Written by Roy Lee Johnson and first recorded by Willie Lee Perryman, who
    was usually known professionally as Piano Red and later in life as Dr. Feelgood.

    It was released as a B-side of a minor rhythm & blues hit single (titled "Dr. Feelgood")
    in 1962.
    The record became something of a cult favorite among several young British R&B
    enthusiasts, some of whom would soon go on to become members of well-known bands.

    Wikipedia tells me that:

    Another emerging beat group, The Hollies, recorded and released their own
    performance of the song with Graham Nash on lead vocals prior to the
    Beatles' version.

    In addition, the same song was also covered by the Merseybeats in 1963.

    A Spanish cover was recorded by the Mexican vocal trio Los Apson Boys
    titled "Triste Luna".

    Mister Moonlight - Dr. Feelgood & the Interns.

    For the record, I like it.
  8. Bill

    Bill Senior Member

    Eastern Shore
    Always a treat when someone opens a thread stating that he dislikes something and wonders if others agree with his assessment. Is there any redeeming quality to such threads?
    * YES
    * NO
    I vote no.
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  9. Two Sheds

    Two Sheds Tea-sipping bad boy!

    I like the live version in Hamburg. Don't like the Beatles For Sale version.
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  10. beep

    beep Forum Resident

    I like it, one of my favorite songs on Beatles 65 which is one of my favorite Beatles album.
  11. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo Music gives me Eargasms

    Don't care for it, but still find myself humming it......
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  12. Somerset Scholar

    Somerset Scholar Forum Resident

    It has old world charm and an ace vocal from John.
    It is so unhip it is cool.
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  13. Onrd

    Onrd I am not a number

    The cartoon version was great. Loved to see it on Saturday mornings.
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  14. MikeM

    MikeM Senior Member

    Youngstown, Ohio
    Cliché dusting time: John Lennon could sing the phone book, etc. etc.…

    His vocal more than redeems this track, and that's even counting the cheesy roller-rink organ.

    C'mon, you can endure that for a few seconds for the sake of the rest.
  15. Uncle Miles

    Uncle Miles Wafting in and out of Forum

    Phoenix, AZ USA
    It's a very blah song on an otherwise very good album
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  16. Robber Soul

    Robber Soul Forum Resident

    I don't mind it, and John did a really good job with it. The only that drags it down for me is that darn organ solo.
  17. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    First time hearing the original version!
    not bad...
    "...and, in the end...", it's the obscurity of the song that may have been the reason for them making a version of it to begin with...
    I mean, "Some Other Guy" wasn't a big hit! I've only got to hear the original of tHAT, 'coz John played it on that WNEW '74 interview!
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  18. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    It's OK, obviously far from the fabbest Beatles stuff but I don't dislike it as much as many. I don't even mind the ghastly organ solo but when I first heard it as a teen in the early 90s I couldn't believe how bad it was!

    Redeeming features, a good Lennon vocal and it's catchy.
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  19. Hall Cat

    Hall Cat Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    I dig John's vocal, the organ solo, and the song overall
  20. Ray Blend

    Ray Blend perfectly calm

    The Midwest
    Thanks for posting that. More people need to get hip to what turned the Beatles on when they were starting out. Dr. Feelgood was part of an incredible '50s Nashville R&B scene.

    This comp and its follow-up are essential IMO:
    Various - Night Train To Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970
    Various - Night Train To Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970 (Volume 2)
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  21. Chemically altered

    Chemically altered Forum Resident

    In your mind
    Not as good as "Mr. Blue Sky".
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  22. Thievius

    Thievius This is my sweet custom title, yo

    CA, soon NY
    I used to hate it. Now I kinda like it. :shrug:
  23. majorlance

    majorlance Forum Resident

    Collingswood, NJ
    Wow...4 hours & 22 posts into this thread, and we still haven't had the obligatory "they should have put Leave My Kitten Alone on Beatles for Sale!" posts.
    C'mon guys, you're letting me down here! :doh:
  24. BornBeforeTheWind

    BornBeforeTheWind Forum Resident

    John's granny music.
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  25. bvb1123

    bvb1123 Rock and Roll Martian

    Cincinnati Ohio
    I've always liked it. Sure, it was old people music even when The Beatles performed it but they almost did it so seriously it was tongue in cheek. It was almost "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" or at least it always seemed that way to me. I always saw it as a subversive version of an older generation's music but holding back just enough so it didn't become a parody. Plus it's one of my favorite vocals by John.

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