The Best Song on The Beatles ‘With the Beatles’ Poll

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by A Saucerful of Scarlets, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. A Saucerful of Scarlets

    A Saucerful of Scarlets Commenter Turned Viewer Thread Starter

    What’s your favourite song in With the Beatles?

    For me it’s Not a Second Time. It’s their most underrated song in my eyes. The lyrics, the melody, it’s unique and yet very familiar. I love the whole album, even more recently. It sounds incredible despite the panning and I love the guitar on it. Ringo’s drumming is almost the same for every track, though, to my ears. I also love how fast paced this album is. It’s part of why I think The Beatles were always making albums, not just collections of songs. My guess is All My Loving for top track followed by Money, which only just clicked for me recently. My second favourite early Beatles album.

    Fun fact: Money is the first Beatles song in stereo with centered vocals, which I believe was done to save space.
  2. BDC

    BDC Forum Resident

    Meet the Beatles had "I wanna hold your hand", guess I haven't played the UK versions enough.
    My choice in the poll......"All I've got to do"
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  3. A Saucerful of Scarlets

    A Saucerful of Scarlets Commenter Turned Viewer Thread Starter

    I didn’t know anyone still listened to U.S. Beatles albums.
  4. Paul Gase

    Paul Gase Everything is cheaper than it looks.

    I vote It Won’t Be Long, a great opener and would’ve made a great single, with its call and response “yeahs”. To me, it might be the best “yeah”song they did, a more advanced She Loves You, if you will. It’s pretty perfect.

    This album, in both stereo and mono, suffers from nearly zero bottom end. As good as the songs and performances, it’s a shame this didn’t get the same kind of hot treatment the first LP got. You can crank that one, esp the mono. This one is thin, thin, thin. Too bad.

    Part of my reassessment for loving Beatles For Sale is what an advanced recording it is compared to the first three. Both stereo and mono. Maybe not as many good songs, but it cooks. With The Beatles deserved a more rockin’ treatment.
  5. AFOS

    AFOS Forum Resident

    "It Won't Be Long" for me as well. One of my favourite Beatles songs full stop. Should have been a single.

    "Money" would be my second favourite
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  6. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

    Lawrenceville, NJ
    Went with the opener but tracks 2 and 3 are just as strong.
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  7. A Saucerful of Scarlets

    A Saucerful of Scarlets Commenter Turned Viewer Thread Starter

    Not a Second Time’s bass is almost inaudible.
  8. OptimisticGoat

    OptimisticGoat Everybody's escapegoat....

    I'm also in the It Wont Belong Camp. Money and All My Loving not far behind.
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  9. notgoblin

    notgoblin Habitual Linestepper - not dancer

    yeh it's an amazing melody, but Roll Over Beethoven is the fav for me.
  10. Hall Cat

    Hall Cat Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    1. All I've Got To Do
    2. Not a Second Time
    3. You Really Got a Hold On Me
  11. Mr_Vinyl

    Mr_Vinyl Forum Resident

    Not A Second Time for me. It has something melancholic already at this early stage. The solo piano, although simple, is very effective in evoking its own loneliness - especially by ending its short melody on a low note. The little drum roll as well matches the feel of the solo piano.
  12. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Track 3 gets all my lovin
  13. 905

    905 Forum Resident

    St. Louis
    All I've Got To Do
  14. Shaddam IV

    Shaddam IV Forum Resident

    All My Loving.

    It's the best melody on the album, and possibly the best, most classic melody of all their early songs. Listening to a George Martin orchestrated version from a MMT bootleg recently really drove this point home for me.

    Interesting that the words were written first, considering the strength and timeless quality of the melody.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2018
  15. YardByrd

    YardByrd Forum Resident

    Expat in Helsinki
    Many do. It's what we grew up with. I prefer Meet the Beatles and US Rubber Soul. And Second Album kicks butt.
  16. longdist01

    longdist01 Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    Roll Over Beethoven, second favorite: It Won't Be Long
  17. BeaTleBob5

    BeaTleBob5 John, Paul, George, Ringo & Bob

    Hold me tight.
  18. A Saucerful of Scarlets

    A Saucerful of Scarlets Commenter Turned Viewer Thread Starter

    The opening 3 tracks may be the best openers they did.
  19. Veech

    Veech Space In Sounds

    Los Angeles, CA
    "Money" honey.. and for me "Hold Me Tight" is a great little number. There are a few songs that are better, but these rank as my two faves.
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  20. Shaddam IV

    Shaddam IV Forum Resident

    I've never heard a good accounting of / explanation for the steep drop-off in sound quality from the 1st to 2nd album, beyond that George Martin wanted to make a "high impact" record. I'd love to hear more details if anyone's got 'em.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2018
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  21. Veech

    Veech Space In Sounds

    Los Angeles, CA
    A Hard Days Night has my 3 favorite openers.
  22. notesfrom

    notesfrom Forum Resident

    NC USA
    Favorite: 'Little Child'.

    Best: 'All My Loving'.
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  23. BryanA-HTX

    BryanA-HTX Crazy Doctor

    Houston, TX
    Now that I'm reading this thread, the first 3 tracks are among the strongest 1-2-3 punch combos on any Beatles album.
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  24. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Forum Resident

    Bakersfield, CA
    All I’ve Got To Do
  25. Daniel Plainview

    Daniel Plainview God's Lonely Man

    All My Loving is head and shoulders above the rest. One of my favorite Beatle songs.
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