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"Too Loud, Turn it Down?" | Reviewer: Rick Anderson | 11/4/13
I've never read anything or heard anyone comment on what sounds like, at the end of the song, all the Beatles singing "Too Loud, Turn it Down" in falsetto harmony.
Anybody else hear this, and what do you make of it, other than an ironic joke?
BTW, one of my all-time favorites and a very underrated song. Many Beatles lovers claim they've never even heard it!
Must remember | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/24/12
For those of you comparing Lennon/McCartney tunes to those of Harrison's, Lennon and McCartney rarely wrote an entire song together. Each contributed to each other's music in their own special way. You can't really compare that to the music Harrison wrote, because Lennon and mcCartney also contributed to Harrison's music in much the same way. That said, there are a few Harrison compositions that not only stand u to Lennon and McCartney, but surpass them by a far sight: "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something" being only two. Harrison was great, so were Lennon and McCartney, as well as Ringo Starr. The Beatles prove that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Perfect synergy.
It's Ringo, damn it! | Reviewer: Chas | 2/20/12
". . . whomever is playing those magnificent triplets"?? Once and for all, save for an early version of 'Love Me Do" with Andy White, three numbers from the White Album sessions when Ringo left due to the squabbling among them; EVERY song that is labeled 'The Beatles' featured Ringo Starr on drums and percussion. Period. That said, George was reaching his peak as a songwriter and it is a cosmic shame that the Beatles couldn't have lasted another 5 years so that his solo work could have been integrated into their catalog. Talk about an epic 2nd half of their career - their legacy would have been even greater, the mind reels!
A standout | Reviewer: Noah Lewin | 1/2/12
I recall buying the 45 single that had this song on it. What was the A side! Ha ha. I was twelve years old and I remember thinking there was something different, in a good way, about this song. Today I am listening to it, and a hour later I found myself humming that awesome first few bars... that oddball beat (yes, Paul's great bass, and whomever playing those magnificent triplets...), Wow. A standout!
I love this song | Reviewer: - | 1/7/11
This song is a jewel, it really is.
Ever listen to the Anthology 3 version? It's a drastically different take; it's slowed down considerably and it's mainly piano. Makes the lyrics much more meaningful, in my opinion.
But both versions are good in their own right.
honest beatles | Reviewer: jj | 11/9/10
first off all this is my own opinion. george harrison never wrote a better guitar solo than this in his life. the phrasing is just awe inspiring.
the beatles were light years ahead of thier time to quote the above poster. they were are and will be the best band ever. they beatle were not meant to be a band. they had to be. and no i am not a beatles finatic i just accept them for what they truly are. i have heard over 250 beatles songs, i couldnt find a bad one. show me another band like that.
Try this.. | Reviewer: Doris Oates | 9/22/10
Listen to a Beatles song from 1964. Anything..
Then listen to this song. Besides the technology differences, this is The Beatles in their prime. And lest you forget, it was always the band with 4 unique individuals. The Beatles. John and Paul didn't let George record much of his stuff. But George shined with the gems he put out. However, he made The Beatles a better band. So did each of them in their own way. Ever listen to Ringo? and Paul's bass was the best. When they asked George, after John's death, whether the band would get together again he replied, "There is no Beatles without John". They all were and are great. The Beatles were light years ahead of their time. May they continue on...
Good. Very Good. Not Great | Reviewer: Jake | 6/2/10
A good Beatles song, well deserving of being a strong B side to a great Beatles song, helped along immeasurably by McCartney's bass line, in fact Paul's bass contribution (uncredited) essentially lifts the song from OK to good. Someone here writes that Harrison "blows away Lennon/McCartney in the end." This is pure hogwash, IMO, barely worthy of comment. In fact, not worthy of comment.
Some Other George Classics | Reviewer: jim | 4/21/10
Old Brown Shoe is a great song, but as others have suggested below, just one of many terrific songs that George created during and after the Beatles. Capitol or Apple should release a Just George album... think of these other classics that would be on it: Don't Bother Me, I Need You, You Like Me Too Much, It's All Too Much, Only a Northern Song, Taxman, Love You To, Within You Without You, Blue Jay Way, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Something, Here Comes the Sun, Apple Scruffs, Behind That Locked Door, My Sweet Lord, Isn't It a Pity, Dark Horse, and probably another 5 or 6 that you could take your pick from. Such a good man, so sorely missed!
George blows away Lennon/McCartney in the end | Reviewer: P. Abidi | 11/11/09
George at the very end was a better songwriter than McCartney's soft love songs and Lennon's dry wit. People are so stuck with Lennon/McCartney writing songs that they completely ignore the music part of any Beatles songs.
There would have not been any memorable songs if George did not use his magic to fill in those gaps with his masterful strokes on the lead guitar.
Yes each of the member's in it's own way contributed but somewhere in time George will be remembered for his brilliant song setup and musical collaboration in composing the songs we hear today and also his true to life writing.
F-ing brilliant | Reviewer: Carlisticeday | 10/29/09
For me, George Harrison's songs, pound for pound, stand up as well or better than most of the Lennon-McCartney songbook. He recorded comparatively few songs with the Beatles, but each one is a gem, and a lot of them were just killer cuts - like this one, which is a brilliantly conceived piece given a fantastic treatment by the greatest rock band that ever was.
And now, forty years on, I keep coming back to songs like Old Brown Shoe, Love You To, Don't Bother Me, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, I Me Mine, and Within You Without You (and of course Something and Here Comes the Sun), and they still sound remarkably fresh - much more so than many L-M classics, some of which - let's face it - when you rub off the Beatles glitter, have come to sound a bit hackneyed.
Don't get me wrong: I'll always be a huge Beatles fan. But George's songs have a lot more going for them than they're usually given credit for. And this one is a perfect example. Could easily have been the A-side of the single, but for the drama surrounding John and Yoko....
One of the Great Pop Guitar solos | Reviewer: Kevin | 8/26/09
The solo George does on the record of this song is just perfect. The chord changes are so cool, and what he plays is as melodic as it gets. If you haven't seen the "Concert For George" DVD, you've got to check it out. You can fast forward the first 30 minutes or so if you don't like the Indian music, but it has to rank as one of the great concerts of all time.
Old Brown Shoe | Reviewer: Christi Macaione | 8/3/09
This is my favorite George Harrison song, because it's very obsure. It's not over played as Here Comes the Sun, Something and to a lesser extent, While My Guitar Gently Weeps. The only place I've found it is on The Beatles Past Masters Vol. 2 CD.
Old Brown shoe | Reviewer: Brian DiMuzio | 12/30/08
Old brown shoe is a weird song, but it's awesome. The words and music blends perfectly. Great job for George. My personal feeling is that I believe that all Beatle songs should be composed by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. George Harrison had to come up with a lot guitar work and also doing the lead part. Don't you agreed?
Dreaming the Muse | Reviewer: Sav | 9/28/08
"Old Brown Shoe" is beautiful because Harrison writes with the ironic retrospect of a famous rock star, the wisdom of someone perceiving the cosmos, and yet the humility of someone who knows that for all of that he's still just a young man, a dreamer, and someone who has yet to find true fulfillment with his muse. Yes, she picks him up, but no, she can't yet respond to those first two lines...the first two lines are his naked admission of mortal dissatisfaction amidst his awe of the totality. By looking to his muse he gives up that dissatisfaction and finds a rather more sincere need. We travel the first bridge with its fateful combining of premonition of stardom as truth. Next time around, the foreboding organ in the second bridge signals how more dire the distance, how weary he is with all the pettiness surrounding him and within him - but he still holds out for her. She can bring him to that wonderful release chanted in falsetto at the song's end. The little boy is flinging away the old brown shoe - that comfortable but stifling old life as he knew it. The music, his voice, his solo in the middle - it certainly convinces us his love is worthy. And if he's in love with her, then she too must be worthy.
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