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Coloring Club Plus — 9/6/19

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Past Masters [Volume Two today] is a two-disc compilation album set by the English rock band the Beatles, released on March 7, 1988 as part of the first issue of the band’s entire catalogue on compact disc. Compiled by noted Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, this collection of many of the band’s biggest hits, as well as rarities, includes every song released commercially by the band that was not available on the Beatles’ 12 original UK albums or the Magical Mystery Tour LP.

The majority of the Past Masters set consists of A- and B-sides from the band’s singles, including single versions of songs that appeared in a different form on the band’s albums. Also included are the full contents of the UK-only Long Tall Sally EP, two German-language tracks, a song recorded for the American market and a track released on a charity compilation album.

Old Brown Shoe” is written by George Harrison and was released on a non-album single in May 1969, as the B-side to “The Ballad of John and Yoko”. The song was subsequently included on the band’s compilation albums Hey Jude, 1967–1970 and Past Masters, Volume Two. Several music critics have recognised it as one of Harrison’s best compositions from the Beatles era.

The Beatles rehearsed “Old Brown Shoe” during the sessions for their album Let It Be in January 1969. Harrison subsequently taped a solo demo of the song, along with two other compositions that the band had overlooked: “Something” and “All Things Must Pass”. The group recorded the song formally in April, during the early sessions for Abbey Road. The 1969 demo was released on the Beatles’ Anthology 3 compilation in 1996. A live version by Harrison was included on his 1992 album Live in Japan. Gary Brooker performed the song at the Concert for George tribute in November 2002, held at London’s Royal Albert Hall a year after Harrison’s death.

George Harrison began writing “Old Brown Shoe” in late 1968 on a piano, rather than guitar. In his 1980 autobiography, I, Me, Mine, Harrison says that the lyrical content started as a study in opposites and reflects “the duality of things – yes-no, up-down, left-right, right-wrong, etc.” For Harrison, rather than mere wordplay, the concept of duality appealed on a philosophical level, consistent with his interest in Eastern religion.

The recording features lead vocals from Harrison, which he sung in a corner of the studio, to capture a natural reverberation from the room, with backing vocals by Lennon and McCartney. George did vocals, electric guitars, Hammond organ, and bass guitar on the song.

The song has remained a comparative rarity within the band’s catalogue.

Simon Leng says that its status as a B-side to the Lennon–McCartney composition [of “The Ballad of John and Yoko”] is indicative of Harrison’s “dilemma” during the last year of the Beatles’ career. Leng continues:

In any other band, this upbeat boogie that matched lyrical sophistication with another outstanding guitar break would have taken precedence over the rough, self-serving travelogue that was “The Ballad of John and Yoko.” Harrison’s song works on any level, in any context, while the Lennon piece could only have relevance within the Beatles’ self-referential sphere … This kind of glaring anomaly forced George Harrison out of the Beatles.

Next is The Beatles version.  After the lyrics is the Gary Brooker (from Procol Harum) version, performing it at Concert for George in the Royal Albert Hall.


I want a love that’s right
But right is only half of what’s wrong
I want a short haired girl
Who sometimes wears it twice as long
Now I’m stepping out this old brown shoe
Baby, I’m in love with you
I’m so glad you came here, it won’t be the same now
I’m telling you

You know you pick me up
From where some try to drag me down
And when I see your smile
Replacing every thoughtless frown
Got me escaping from this zoo
Baby, I’m in love with you
I’m so glad you came here, it won’t be the same now
When I’m with you

If I grow up I’ll be a singer
Wearing rings on every finger
Not worrying what they or you say
I’ll live and love and maybe someday
Who knows, baby, you may comfort me

I may appear to be imperfect
My love is something you can’t reject
I’m changing faster than the weather
If you and me should get together
Who knows, baby, you may comfort me

My love is yours
To miss that love is something I’d hate
I’ll make an early start
I’m making sure that I’m not late

For your sweet top lip I’m in the queue
Baby, I’m in love with you
I’m so glad you came here, it won’t be the same now
When I’m with you
I’m so glad you came here, it won’t be the same now
When I’m with you
Songwriters: George Harrison


11 thoughts on “Coloring Club Plus — 9/6/19

    1. It’s a new one for me, and very enjoyable. I have their last album to listen to tonight “Beatles for Sale” and now I have their discography ❤ On another subject, I'm about 30 pages into The Library Book. Mind-boggling in so many ways.

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      1. I thought you would enjoy the book. You are still towards the beginning I think you will like how she goes back and forth with different subjects as she goes along.

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            1. Since I only borrowed the book from my friend and she wants it back before snow flies, I checked on amazon last night to see if I could get a cheap kindle version and discovered they want as much for kindle versions as the hardcopy. Very discouraging.

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  1. This was on the first Beatle album I ever bought…Hey Jude Again… You don’t hear this song every day. This is an overlooked one…like The Inner Light…both B sides of singles.

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