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Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« on: December 26, 2013, 12:40:27 AM »

Creme tangerine and Montelimar
 A ginger sling with a pineapple heart
 A coffee dessert, yes, you know it's good news
 But you have to have them all pulled out
 After the Savoy truffle

Cool cherry cream, nice apple tart
 I feel your taste all the time we're apart
 Coconut fudge really blows down those blues
 But you'll have to have them all pulled out
 After the Savoy truffle

You might not feel it now
 When the pain cuts through
 You're going to know and how
 The sweat is going to fill your head
 When it becomes too much
 You'll shout aloud

You'll have to have them all pulled out
 After the Savoy truffle

You know that what you eat you are
 But what is sweet now turns so sour
 We all know Ob-la-di-bla-da
 But can you show me where you are?

Creme tangerine and Montelimar
 A ginger sling with a pineapple heart
 A coffee dessert, yes, you know it's good news
 But you'll have to have them all pulled out
 After the Savoy truffle
 Yes, you'll have to have them all pulled out
 After the Savoy truffle


Apparently, George wrote the song as a tribute to his friend Eric Clapton's chocolate addiction, and indeed he derived the title and many of the lyrics from a box of Mackintosh's Good News chocolates.
Supposedly all of the confectionery names used in the song are authentic, except cherry cream and coconut fudge. The chorus ("But you'll have to have them all pulled out after the savoy truffle") is a reference to the deterioration of one's teeth after eating too many sweets. The line "We all know Ob-la-di-bla-da" refers to the song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", which appears earlier on the album, but with the "sinister" overtone (as Walter Everett put it) that "life may not go on" as the latter song insists

Personnel

George Harrison – double-tracked vocal, lead guitar
Paul McCartney – bass guitar
Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine

Additional..
Chris Thomas – organ, Hohner Pianet
Art Ellefson – tenor saxophone
Danny Moss – tenor saxophone
Derek Collins – tenor saxophone
Ronnie Ross – baritone saxophone
Harry Klein – baritone saxophone
Bernard George – baritone saxophone

Personnel per Ian MacDonald


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Re: Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2013, 02:33:08 AM »

George was pretty brilliant coming up with this song.  And it all had to do with a box of candy...








It's a nice jazzy piece and I love the saxophones.  I like this song a lot.  Always did since I first played the LP on its release.

It's neat how George worked a "clue" into the song:

We all know ob-bla-di-bla-da
but can you show me where you are


I guess he meant life does not go on.    ;D
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Re: Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2013, 03:11:47 AM »

This has a nice hard rocky edge. Especially the middle 8. I suppose having such quirky lyrics means it sticks out in the memory while simultaneously making it sound like a throwaway novelty. I like it though. It's fun and showing George's sardonic humour. I think it'd make my one album White Album.

I liked the story in Living in the Material World of Ken Scott working to get a good sax sound and then having George say "great. Now distort them."  A window into the Beatle mind set that wanted different sounds. Not just nice ones.




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Re: Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2013, 03:25:05 AM »

I suppose having such quirky lyrics means it sticks out in the memory while simultaneously making it sound like a throwaway novelty.

Right.  I had no idea what George was talking about in the first verse.  We didn't have Mackintosh's Good News chocolates here in the United States.



It's fun and showing George's sardonic humour.

Definitely!
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Re: Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2013, 03:27:18 AM »

This has a nice hard rocky edge. Especially the middle 8. I suppose having such quirky lyrics means it sticks out in the memory while simultaneously making it sound like a throwaway novelty. I like it though. It's fun and showing George's sardonic humour. I think it'd make my one album White Album.

I liked the story in Living in the Material World of Ken Scott working to get a good sax sound and then having George say "great. Now distort them."  A window into the Beatle mind set that wanted different sounds. Not just nice ones.






yes I think that ruined Ken's day :D

you pretty much summed up my feelings moog, it would make my single album white album, great song, I really like it.
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Re: Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2013, 03:44:22 AM »

This song deserves another listen...in glorious MONO!


The Beatles - The White Album Part XII (2009 Mono Remasters)
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2013, 03:50:48 AM »

Ella Fitzgerald did an outstanding cover...


Ella Fitzgerald Savoy Truffle


That's Nicky Hopkins on piano.
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Re: Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2013, 04:01:57 AM »

Right.  I had no idea what George was talking about in the first verse.  We didn't have Mackintosh's Good News chocolates here in the United States.




so a bit like Blackburn Lancashire then ?
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« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2013, 04:17:32 AM »

so a bit like Blackburn Lancashire then ?

I had to look it up in a dictionary.
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Re: Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2013, 11:01:52 AM »

I suppose having such quirky lyrics means it sticks out in the memory while simultaneously making it sound like a throwaway novelty.
Nicely put! I never warmed up to this song. It's more fun than a proper song and the tune is not very catchy, in my opinion.
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Re: Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2013, 11:58:21 AM »


Pretty good, in my opinion. I probably liked it less when it was first released. I was such a guitar snob. Too many horns in there for proper rock 'n' roll. What did I know? Nice guitar solo in the middle anyway. Some people's kids...

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Re: Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2013, 07:00:07 PM »

I'm glad to see that this is a well-liked song. I've read a few negative things about it but I think it's a great. When I first bought the White album as an adult I didn't remember it but then I found myself listening to it over and over for a while. I like the way the words "Creme tangerine and Montelimar" sound together LOL It's a good rocker too. Of course I'm another one from this side of the pond who didn't know exactly what Good News meant so I was very happy to have Google to clear that up.
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Re: Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2014, 06:05:05 AM »

"Savoy Truffle" (The Beatles) bass cover
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Re: Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2014, 09:24:35 AM »

That's odd. When I click on the link it says the content owner hasn't made the video available for mobiles. You have to log on via PC. Why on earth would someone restrict it like that?
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Re: Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2014, 01:20:21 PM »

I've always been a fan of this song! I'll repeat it several times when I'm in my truck. The instruments are all right on and Georges voice is clear. No matter what part of the song you focus on it's interesting. Horns are great!
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« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2014, 07:13:29 PM »

I like the way the words "Creme tangerine and Montelimar" sound together LOL It's a good rocker too.

Omigosh; me too, Kelley!  ha2ha

This is one of my favorites on the White Album.
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Re: Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2014, 12:05:02 AM »

That's odd. When I click on the link it says the content owner hasn't made the video available for mobiles. You have to log on via PC. Why on earth would someone restrict it like that?

The link to the YouTube video opened just fine on my Windows Phone without logging in.

Anyway, it's a pretty good instructional video for Paul's bass part on a Hofner 500/1 bass.  She's uploaded quite a few and she plays perfectly, note for note.
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Re: Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2014, 01:52:51 AM »

Yeah, like this one.

Very good sound production wise. Macca's bass is great and really booms out. In fact, lyrically, it could almost be a Paul song. Ringo's drums sound cool too and nifty guitar by George.
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Re: Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2014, 04:29:08 AM »

When we played Savoy Truffle backwards, we found out what really happened to Paul...


Name the Song Backwards Song 182.wmv
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Re: Song Of The Week - Savoy Truffle
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2014, 10:06:09 AM »

Ah, the White Album.
Not content with a pastiche of music hall, nursery rhymes (the two styles that book-end 'Savoy Truffle'), nods to 'John Wesley Harding' and The Beach Boys, ska, Paul McCartney inventing heavy metal (and then wisely never going anywhere near it again!), 'Savoy Truffle' always sounded to me like a pastiche of the kind of song you'd hear in the party scene of a 60s film.
It's not my favourite song by George, that's 'The Inner Light', but in the context of the record it's brilliant.

Around these couple of years (late 67-end of 69) George released the superb 'Wonderwall Music' and wrote songs such as 'Not Guilty', 'All Things Must Pass', 'What Is Life', 'Isn't It A Pity', 'Sour Milk Sea' etc. etc.

A contentious view I know, but if he'd got in a less obtrusive producer in late 69/early 70 like, for example, Joe Boyd, instead of Phil Spector, and recorded a 10-12 track LP of no more than 35 minutes duration, I think we'd now be listening to a much better record than the over-wrought and over-long 'All Thing Must Pass'.
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