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For the older crowd : Best/favorite flip (B) side of a 45.

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Posted on Aug 9, 2012 12:37:25 PM PDT
that B-side is "Raped and Freezin' " by Alice Cooper.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 1:41:20 PM PDT
Dee Zee says:
Sad Day
B side of 19th Nervous Breakdown
Rolling Stones

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 2:38:38 PM PDT
Bob Bykowski says:
"I'm Down" -- The Beatles
"Goin' Down" -- The Monkees
"You Can't Always Get What You Want" -- The Rolling Stones
"Don't Worry Baby" -- The Beach Boys

As far as "Revolution" is concerned, I always preferred the slow, bluesy version on the 'White Album' rather then the souped-up, heavy version on the single. Both are great, however.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2012 3:08:01 PM PDT
Zaplightning says:

that B side is Raped and Freezin'..........thanks Joe:)

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 9:44:37 PM PDT
Ohio Players - Food Stamps Y'all (B-side to the single for "Sleep Talk")

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 11:11:39 PM PDT
@Robert Bykowski: you are the only person I've ever heard claim a preference for the White Album version of "Revolution" over the single version. While I still prefer the single version, I always thought the White Album "Revolution 1" was superb in its own relaxed way, and always got an unfairly bad rap.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 3:10:54 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2012 10:17:29 PM PDT
Shining Star says:
7 & 7 that is an AWESOME SONG!

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 10:26:40 PM PDT
Shining Star says:
"A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke
"Clover" by Earth, Wind and Fire
"Yearnin Learnin'" by Earth, Wind and Fire

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 3:12:41 AM PDT
Geezerguy says:
Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand - Who (I believe it was the b-side of I Can See for Miles.)

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 4:31:46 PM PDT
Fischman says:
These are not only great b-sides, but IMO better than the a-sides

Kinks: I'm Not Like Everybody Else (Sunny Afternoon)
Kinks: Who'll Be the Next in Line (Ev'rbody's Gonna Be Happy)
Kinks: Where Have All The Good Times Gone (Til the End of the Day)
Kinks: Rats (Apeman)
Fleetwood Mac: Silver Springs (Go Your Own Way)
Fleetwood Mac: Gold Dust Woman (You Make Lovin' Fun)
The Who: Overture from Tommy (See Me, Feel Me)
Rolling Stones: B*tch (Brown Sugar)
Doobie Brothers: Rockin' Down the Highway (Jesus is Just Allright)
Steely Dan: Any Major Dude Will Tell You (Rikki, Don't Lose That Number)
Thin Lizzy: Whisky in the Jar (Black Boys on the Corner)
Brenda Lee: I'm Sorry (That's All You Gotta' Do)
Rush: YYZ (Limelight)
Rush: Lessons (The Twilight Zone)
Joe Walsh: Theme From Boat Wierdos (Life's Been Good)
Moody Blues: Out and In (Watching and Waiting)
Moody Blues: After You Came (Isn't Life Strange)
Moody Blues: Going Nowhere (Sitting at the Wheel)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2012 12:51:24 AM PDT
Fischman, I'm Not Like Everybody Else and Sunny Afternoon, Wow!!! That has to be one of the strongest A B Side single ever. And Where Have All The Good Time Gone with Till The End Of The Day!!! Just as strong.

What about "Sittin' On My Sofa" as a great Kinks B Side?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2012 8:14:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 12, 2012 8:15:02 AM PDT
tmoore says:
Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry" is a B-side?? That song went to #1 on Billboard charts in 1960.

Maybe, like some others, it was originally intended as a B-side.

Posted on Aug 12, 2012 8:17:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 12, 2012 8:22:30 AM PDT
My all time favorite is DON'T BE CRUEL / Hound Dog (or, if you prefer, HOUND DOG / Don't Be Cruel), by Elvis Presley. The reasons why I love this single so much are numerous...

* Commercially speaking, it became a sort of "blast off" for both Presley and the rock and roll era, topping the charts for an astonishing 11 weeks and stood for nearly a half century as the biggest single of all-time.

* I've always loved the fascinating "flip-flop" between the two sides as they were listed on the Billboard charts. For instance, on Billboard's "Best Sellers" chart, the single listed BOTH songs together on the same line. Hound Dog took the role of A side during the first seven weeks, but then the single started to be listed as "Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog" for its remaining stay on the charts. Billboard (Joel Whitburn's Reference Books) treat "Don't Be Cruel" as the official A Side since it was listed first more often.

* The picture sleeve is also one of my favorites and has its own fun history. Some versions of this classic sleeve list "Don't Be Cruel" on top and others list "Hound Dog" on top. One of the things I've enjoyed collecting are Elvis Presley 45 picture sleeves, and I actually own three copies of this sleeve (the two original sleeves with alternating top sides and a reissue sleeve with "Hound Dog" listed on top).

* The two songs are simply infectious, timeless and I feel they are indeed two of Presley's best.

All in all, this single remains my all time favorite. Although Ricky Nelson's "Travelin Man / Hello Mary Lou" is up there as well.

And 45's are not even from my era! :)

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 7:20:27 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
American Pie (part 2)...heh heh!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2012 8:14:53 AM PDT
I also like the other B's: She's Got Everything, Mindless Child of Motherhood.

Dead End Street/Big Black Smoke were strong A & B's.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2012 8:18:45 AM PDT
Fischman says:
All this really goes to show the quality and depth of the Kinks' songriwting when so many b-sides outshine the best a-sides of most artists. It was pretty rare to want to take the time to flip a 45, but with the Kinks, you were missing out if you didnt.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 3:01:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 13, 2012 3:03:08 PM PDT
"You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)" B side of "Let It Be"

"San Quentin" B side of "A Boy Named Sue"

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2012 4:54:50 PM PDT
I almost never bought 45s, but I had that one, or more likely, by brother owned it. I loved that song!

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 5:10:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 13, 2012 5:24:54 PM PDT
I've actually discovered that, over the years, collecting 45's has become more and more fun and that I even prefer them to albums in many ways. Both have their pluses and minuses. While there's nothing like a great album, there's also nothing like the immediacy of a great pop single or a double sided hit.

And I also like storing and filing away 45's. There's something more..."fun" about them relative to LP's. I can file them away under their peak positions or label the sleeves. Then there's the fun of collecting picture sleeves and leafing through them. And while there is something timeless about a favorite LP, 45's are just more compact and require significantly less storage space. Though they do take up some room.

And although it might sound strange, a lot of times it's fun to hear "less" music. I like throwing a favorite hit on the turntable and maybe spinning it a couple times, then flipping it over to check out the B side. I feel like I can focus on it better when it's just two songs. If that makes sense?

The funny thing is that I grew up at the tail end of the vinyl era and started out buying LP's. It's only with time and my love of the charts that I turned into more of a 45 lover.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 11:26:26 PM PDT
No one has mentioned U2 yet. They've had several non-LP B-Sides that were great. My favorite of them is Spanish Eyes - the B-Side to Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 4:18:03 AM PDT
Geezerguy says:
Umbrella Man - Utopia (B-side of Set Me Free)

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 8:12:56 AM PDT
I'll stay away from the Beatles since they are my favorite group and I thought almost every "B' side was great

Undun - the Guess who
I can't see nobody - The Bee gees
take me for a little while - vanilla fudge

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 8:27:59 AM PDT
Had to think a little more since I am OLD

here are a few others

Mustang sally - the rascals
Play with fire - the stones
living lovin maid - Led Zep (wish I still had this one)
sookie, sookie - Steppenwolf
take a giant step - the monkees
colour my world - Chicago
Chest fever - 3 dog night ( I have to look this one up, great song)

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 9:14:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 14, 2012 9:41:19 AM PDT
There are a couple examples where I love the flip side so much that I consider it the "A side", if you will. Two examples are:

I Get Around / Don't Worry Baby
The latter is arguably my favorite Beach Boys song, yet I never much cared for "I Get Around".

American Woman / No Sugar Tonight
I love the latter song yet don't really care for "the hit" (the former song).

In both cases, the B side seems like the better "hit" to my ears.
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