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Worth It for the German Recordings Alone,
This review is from: Past Masters, Vol. 1 (Audio CD)
I lifted this from my dad's CD collection before I moved into my own apartment. (Sorry, Dad!) This is such a great little compilation, as it contains such rare and interesting gems.
Here are some stand-outs:
1.) Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand ("I Want to Hold Your Hand") & Sie Leibt Dich ("She Loves You")
As far as I know, these are the only foreign-language versions of their hits the Beatles ever released. As such, they are very difficult to find. Even non German speakers can enjoy them as fun, musical oddities, as the music/sound is the same but the lyrics are quite different.
Here is a quick translation of the German lyrics:
In your arms, I feel lucky and happy. I can't love another, even a little, even a little, even a little.
You, are so pretty. Just like a diamond. I enjoy being with you. I want to hold your hand.
Interesting fact? In the German version of "She Loves You," the Beatles sing, "She loves you -- YEAH YEAH YEAH" not "She loves you -- JA JA JA."
2.) "Long Tall Sally" This version is gritty and heart-thumping.
3.) "This Boy" This sometimes-forgotten tune is tenderly crooned. Were it not for the trademark vocals, I wouldn't have thought it was a Beatles tune.
For a Beatles fan in search of variety and/or lesser-known stuff, this is a must have.
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Initial post: Oct 11, 2009 11:52:02 PM PDT
Ford Madox Prefect says:
Interesting you should point out about the German tracks. Either my 40 year old ears are already going bad (no doubt from many years of loud rock music) or I have heard some things I never heard before in some of these tracks. The one that sticks out most is that "sie Liebt Dich" seems to have a much better sound quality than "She loves you" on this remastered set. "Komm gibt..." is using the same music tracks but overdubbed lyrics, and that as already been remastered and released on the Capitol Albums which contained both the stereo and mono mixes. (That time Apple did it the way it should have been done here). One thing I noticed that is a bit odd. If you listen closely to Let it Be, there is a monotone voice that quietly mumbles something sounding like "Paul is dead". Not that I believe the "Paul is dead" hooey from the 60s, but, actually, I do believe the Beatles may have done this as a tongue-in-cheek response to all that stuff. That would have fit their sense of humor. And yes, I do know John was saying "Cranberry Sauce" in Strawberry Fields.
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