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Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« on: November 15, 2013, 12:15:43 AM »

This has always been in my 'Top 10' of Beatle tracks, I loved it the first time I heard it. It sounds like a really good band.
Like other Beatle tracks, (like say Oh Darling) it sounds simple, till you try to arrange it and play it in a band situation, then you realize theres a lot to it in terms of time signatures and arrangements, not just some simple blues here. The song opens up with a sinister riff in D minor in 6/8 time !! but ends up in 4/4.
It is one of the last songs that the Beatles mixed as a group, on 20 August 1969.
I love Johns lead playing on this , his best imo and shows (like with Paul) that he could handle lead, in fact he puts a lot of soul into his playing on that break, I like how he plays exactly what he sings on the verses.
Of course Pauls Bass line throughout is monumental, he was in fine form in this period.
The final master lasted 8:04, but Lennon decided on a surprise ending. During the final edit with the guitars, drums and white noise climaxing to no end, he told recording engineer Geoff Emerick to "cut it right there" at the 7:44 mark, bringing the song to an abrupt end.

I once heard Robert Fripp say it was a big influence on his guitar textures and repeated riffs in King Crimson, I always thought like 'Red' by Crimson it could be played as an instrumental, these guys (although not King Crimson standard) do a fine instrumental version to show what I was thinking.

I Want You (She's So Heavy)




Personnel

John Lennon – lead and harmony vocals, lead guitar, Moog synthesizer
Paul McCartney – harmony vocals, bass guitar
George Harrison – harmony vocals, lead guitar
Ringo Starr – drums, congas, wind machine
Billy Preston – Hammond organ

PS, I really dig the Wind Machine !!
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Re: Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2013, 02:01:29 AM »

This deserves to be in here;

The Beatles - I want you (she's so heavy) isolated bass & drums
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Re: Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2013, 02:05:01 AM »

This is very tasty too;

The Beatles "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" - Tauk Cover
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Re: Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2013, 02:08:16 AM »

love this one, very dark..

I Want You (She's So Heavy)
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Re: Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2013, 04:07:04 AM »

Great covers, Kev!  So much can be done with this song.  It's one of my favorites on Abbey Road.
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Re: Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2013, 05:59:34 AM »

Great covers, Kev!  So much can be done with this song.  It's one of my favorites on Abbey Road.

Yes, I love this song, but Im guessing if it was on a Lennon solo album it wouldnt be half as good, the other guys put theyre mark on it and made it a real band track.
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Re: Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2013, 12:54:11 PM »


Blew me away when first released. The highlight of AR for me at the time.

I always felt the middle section/guitar solo had a Santana feel to it.

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Re: Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2013, 06:21:17 PM »

I like it, like it a lot, but only some of the time.  It has to be heard when my mood accepts it.  If the mood isn't right the song annoys me and drones on and on.
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Re: Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2013, 10:00:33 PM »

Blew me away when first released. The highlight of AR for me at the time.

I always felt the middle section/guitar solo had a Santana feel to it.

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Thats right klang, it goes from previous time sigs to a latin rhythm just for the guitar solo - giving it a bossa nova, Jazzy feel - clever eh, John got a very 'Jazz/Blues' tone from that hollow Casino of his, you can hear it a bit on his solo on get Back and Honey Pie as well.
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Re: Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2013, 11:06:51 PM »

From Alan Pollocks notes;

Style and Form
     "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is one of their most unusual experiments with form, not to mention its characteristically odd phrase lengths and changes of meter. It seems a shame that its equally unusual long running time, abrupt ending, and especially its obsessively intense focus and over the top Primal Screaming affect tend to upstage and eclipse the creative novelty of the musical text.
     It's not quite a medley, rather more like two separate songs cinematically cross cut with each other. One provides the verses, while the other provides the intro, refrain, and extended outro.


Ive always thought that, this is a song of two songs, (as in Warm Gun) the intro & refrain (She's so.......Heavy.....) are both basically the same guitar 'pattern' (not really a riff) in 6/8, whilst the verses are a Blues (I, V, VII) with a Jazz inflection (even Bossa Nova on the guitar solo)
Its hard to know whether John wrote these at different times and then had the idea of forming one song with the two of them.

Interesting thought that each 'Blues' verse, starts on the minor V chord (not the I chord) but resolves on the I eventually.
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Re: Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2013, 11:45:34 PM »

I like it, like it a lot, but only some of the time.  It has to be heard when my mood accepts it.  If the mood isn't right the song annoys me and drones on and on.

I was going to post almost the exact same thing! It is a fantastic song, but I do have to be in the "mood" for it, so to speak.

I know I've said this before, but I wish I could describe as specifically as you, Kevin, and other forum members, what I like so much about this song.
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Re: Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2013, 12:21:28 AM »





haha Johns like the serious school teacher with the naughty kids behind :)
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Re: Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2013, 12:30:17 AM »

It's time to post this vid again...


The Beatles: Rock Band Commercial Spot
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Re: Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2013, 12:34:12 AM »

I hate this song and thats being kind. Its a definite skip on the album. If ever a song did nothing, this would be it. So long and monotonous. Just the same thing over and over. Cant stand it.



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« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2013, 02:30:58 AM »

                                                                                      








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Re: Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2013, 02:34:38 AM »

I hate this song and thats being kind. Its a definite skip on the album. If ever a song did nothing, this would be it. So long and monotonous. Just the same thing over and over. Cant stand it.



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« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2013, 02:45:10 AM »

OK.  Let's shred I Want You (She's So Heavy)...


Juliette - Amazing guitarist- I Want You (She's So Heavy) - The Beatles






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Re: Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2013, 02:58:48 AM »

Sheeeyooot!  Even bluegrass bands here in the United States love playin' this song...


The Waybacks - I Want You (She's So Heavy) - Abbey Road cover - Merlefest 2010

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Re: Song Of The Week - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2013, 03:14:02 AM »

And The Waybacks did a great Abbey Road Medley too...






Waybacks - End of "The Medley" from Abbey Road Merlefest Hillside Album Hour 5-1-10
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