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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #80 on: June 17, 2008, 02:41:35 PM »

SFF is better.
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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #81 on: July 05, 2008, 07:31:28 PM »

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SFF is better.


Agreed
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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #82 on: July 05, 2008, 09:25:23 PM »

They are just very different types of songs.  I still have to go with Penny Lane.  It's just more my deal.
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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #83 on: July 05, 2008, 09:56:27 PM »

How can you compare these two songs. They are complete opposites of each other! Penny Lane used to be my favorite song as a kid. I know this because I wrote it in my sixth grade autograph book! Now I can take it or leave it. I used to HATE Strawberry Fields. Mainly because of the way they slowed it down. It always sounded like it was on the wrong speed or something. But now I think it's beautiful. But I do like the alternate version better. Or versions. Whichever one doesn't mess with his voice. Anyway, they're both great songs and both pretty groundbreaking.
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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #84 on: July 06, 2008, 06:59:31 PM »

These are two great songs but SFF has some salt and pepper in it. Lennon`s touch. It`s more interesting, it`s like reading an interesting book. One gets intrigued. Not just a love story, a melodrama, where the end is predictable, but something that has unexpected turns in its plot.
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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #85 on: July 08, 2008, 01:30:16 AM »

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These are two great songs but SFF has some salt and pepper in it.

i like your language Jane!  ;)

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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #86 on: July 08, 2008, 04:54:47 PM »

Thank you! I appreciate it very much!
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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #87 on: July 11, 2008, 06:42:17 PM »

Penny Lane.

I don't know why people always compare these two songs. It's like apples and oranges to me. I find PL to be in the top 10% of the era, but SFF to be in the bottom 20%.

Neither Penny Lane nor Strawberry Fields is a "solo" song. John helped with the lyrics on PL and Paul added his musical touch to SFF. George Martin arranged both of them.  

I like the lyrics and structure of PL, and the arrangement (especially the horns) blows me away.  But SFF, sounds slow and draggy to me, and I don't care for the lyrics. John is usually the one who is the most cohesive, but I find this song to be composed of unrelated lyrical and musical phrases.  To be honest, structurally the lyrics to SFF remind me more of solo Paul more than Beatle John.

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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #88 on: July 11, 2008, 06:54:43 PM »

Strawberry Fields.........hands down.  Love it!!!  I love how John's voice is slowed down in the studio on the vocals.  It makes John sound a little like Paul.........
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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #89 on: June 08, 2009, 10:34:33 PM »

Ohhhh toughie,

Penny Lane appeals to the musician side of me as there is so much going on in it, it has a lot of clever changes in tone throughout the song and a lot of the times i listen to it for the individual sounds/instruments and as a few have mentioned it is almost pop perfection, but i can't listen to it too often and is'nt really a song for all moods, i don't tend to listen to it unless its a really nice day and im feeling chirpy.

Strawberry Fields is quite a a simple song and i never get sick of listening to it, and i can listen to it no matter what mood im in, but i don't find myself listening to all the seperate parts as theyre isnt anything that interesting going on, but put all together it creates something interesting and also some good lyrics.

Gonna go with Penny Lane just.....
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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #90 on: June 08, 2009, 11:18:34 PM »

I chose Strawberry Fields.

Penny Lane's a good song, but Strawberry Fields has always been my favorite of the two  8).
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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #91 on: June 09, 2009, 10:46:10 PM »

Ugh, I can't decide!!  >:( I suppose Penny Lane is funner more fun to sing along to, it's got more of a melody, but Strawberry Fields is a whole lot deeper in its lyrics. They're both fairly surreal. I don't know. Aw, what the heck, I'll go with Penny Lane.
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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #92 on: June 10, 2009, 02:30:02 AM »

I vote for Penny Lane. Ironically, I used to HATE Penny Lane, but I've gotten a real appreciation for how beautiful it is. I do love the lyrics of Strawberry Fields: "Always know sometimes think it's me but you know I know when it's a dream. I think I know I mean, ah yes but it's all wrong. That is I think I disagree..."
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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #93 on: July 06, 2009, 10:44:41 PM »

Almost impossible to choose but together they comprised the best single ever released - a real double-A side! When I first bought the record in 1967, Penny Lane was the most accessible but gradually - and countless plays flipping the disc over and over again - the beauty of Strawberry Fields Forever took hold. Today - more than 40 years on - I love them both. Penny Lane is always uplifting and joyous while Strawberry Fields Forever shows Lennon's absolute genius. If I could only take one to a desert island, it would probably be SFF but I'm sure that I'd still be singing Penny Lane on the beach!
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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #94 on: July 06, 2009, 10:57:40 PM »

I find myself listening to Penny Lane more often. It's happy and yet sort of melancholy at the same time. As tk said, SFF is a better song in terms of composition, but Penny Lane is the one that I enjoy more.
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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #95 on: July 07, 2009, 02:57:39 AM »

I guess it would have to be Penny Lane for me. 
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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #96 on: October 05, 2009, 03:09:12 PM »

I vote for Penny Lane
I can't stop listen to this pretty song  ;)
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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #97 on: October 14, 2009, 01:08:41 PM »

Ooooh tough question! If John was alive I might offend any of them if I would pick one of the songs.
John offended selection of Penny Lane.
Paul offended choice of strawberry fields.
But I still prefer the Penny Lane - but there is a section at the end of the song strawberry fields where Harrison gives the sound a little Indian with his guitar and it's really nice ..
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Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #98 on: November 14, 2009, 04:58:27 AM »

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Re: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields
« Reply #99 on: December 25, 2009, 07:40:02 PM »

Both are masterpieces. Sometimes I more listen John's song, sometimes Paul's.

Strawberry Fields - melancholic. Lyrics are "philosophical", John "speaks his mind". Mental images.
(He said in the interview: I took the name Strawberry Fields as an IMAGE...)

Penny Lane - "happy", narrative song with beautiful (visual) images (suburban skies)
where Paul takes you on a stroll through the street...

Now, for those who like one better than another, or dislikes one and likes only other song...
there could be 10,000 reasons for that - do you like, in general, more John's or Paul's songs;
and what sounds better in your ear:
lead guitar, harpsichord
bass guitar, piano, bongos, flute
lead guitar, timpani
drums
tambourine
alto trumpet
two cellos, two horns

(that's what Strawberry Fields is consist of)  :)

or

piano,
bass guitar, Arco string bass, flute
conga drum, firebell
drums
piano
piccolo trumpet
trumpet

(Penny Lane)  :-*
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