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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

LOVE SONGS - sides three and four

SIDE THREE

Michelle - Side three opens with this well-known tune from Rubber Soul.

It's Only Love - This number originally appeared on the non-soundtrack side of the Help! album...

You're Going To Lose That Girl - ...whereas this one comes from the soundtrack side of that same album.

Every Little Thing - A hidden gem from Beatles For Sale.

For No One - A beautiful, but decidedly downbeat love song from Revolver.

She's Leaving Home - This generation gap song from Sgt. Pepper strikes me as an odd choice for a collection called Love Songs.

SIDE FOUR

The Long and Winding Road - This magnificent composition is from Let It Be. 

This Boy - The B-side of I Want To Hold Your Hand makes its first appearance on an album in stereo in the UK.

Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) - A gorgeous track from Rubber Soul.

You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - From the Help! soundtrack.

I Will - From The Beatles, aka the "White Album."

P.S. I Love You - For the final track, we go all the way back to the group's very first B-side.

As with previous compilations, it is fun to play the "Why didn't they include this track?" game.  The truth is that there are far too many to choose from for this collection.  Technically, every song they recorded from their first single through the album Rubber Soul - even the rockers - was a love song, but the emphasis here is clearly on the softer songs.  I believe it makes for a marvelous listening experience.

Love Songs was released on October 21st, 1977 in the US and on November 19th in the UK. 

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