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The Beatles — Flying
Album: Magical Mystery Tour
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Released: 1969
Length: 2:11
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Ironically, the vocals are the weak link in this instrumental . . . wait, what?
Every time I hear the goofy vocals I picture the boys from Python chortling merrily in the studio.
 gjr wrote:
why did we make a song like this?  because we're the bloody beatles dammit and we can do whatever the hell we want!!

i like it 
 
"... and we can do it excellently!"
{#Hearteyes}
{#Bananajumprope}Pass the 'cid
why did we make a song like this?  because we're the bloody beatles dammit and we can do whatever the hell we want!!


i like it 
I believe this is the only Beatles song where the songwriting credit is given to all four Beatles!
So much awesomeness.
 Cynaera wrote:
I KNEW I knew this song!  Haven't heard it in ages, but what a welcome sound.  Thanks, RP! I'm dancing.... Slowly, carefully, and as gracefully as this crippled-up old body will allow... {#Bounce}
 

miss you...

love this song...


 losthiker wrote:
Anybody else now associate this with Harry Shearer's Le Show.
 
Yes!
Anybody else now associate this with Harry Shearer's Le Show.
Any old folk from Ny or NJ recognize this tune.
One of the DJ's from WNEW-FM in New York used this tune to either open or close their show(or both)
I thought it might had been Allison Steele(The Night Bird)   
Mediocre Beatles track.  Rare event.


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 debobasu wrote:
They stole the melody from a famous indian raga, I wonder if they credit that...
 
yeah, George is talking to the Maharishi about it right now.  No worries.
They stole the melody from a famous indian raga, I wonder if they credit that...
 parrothead wrote:
I think this is the only Beatles tune that all of the fab four take song writing credits.
 
No, it is not. {#Mrgreen}. I remember "Dig it" from Let it be, at first. A quick search shows at least:

Suzy Parker (Let it be film)
12-bar original (Anthology 2)
Los Paranoias (Anthology 3)

 
Worst album cover EVER...but oh so many treasures await inside... {#Sunny}
Yes!!!! My favorite Beatles song of all time!!!! Thanks RP {#Bananapiano}
 Proclivities wrote:

This was not originally an "album" in the U.K.; it was a 2-disc, six-song, EP.  So, it was possibly a little more difficult to lie back get into the flow for Fred and some other folks over there when this came out.

 
Yeah, I bought a copy in Bermuda when I was 15. I wondered about its authenticity, though, because it was on some label called Parlophone.

I sure wish I still had it today! 


 jim1964 wrote:
I've always liked this song.
 
And I always wished it were longer.
 bronorb wrote:


Wrong.
We (old folks, now) used to listen to the whole album back when this came out. "Flying" was just one of the songs that, put together with the rest, created a phenomenal piece of work.
Great album.
 
This was not originally an "album" in the U.K.; it was a 2-disc, six-song, EP.  So, it was possibly a little more difficult to lie back get into the flow for Fred and some other folks over there when this came out.

 fredriley wrote:
There's often a reason why obscure tracks off 'classic' albums are obscure, and this effort is a good illustration: dire and boring. Even the Beatles put out plenty of clunkers.
 
This is filler and yes I agree the Beatles did put out there share of clunkers.  Time makes us forget that though.
Ooooo.  I haven't heard this in a very long time!
 bronorb wrote:


Wrong.
We (old folks, now) used to listen to the whole album back when this came out. "Flying" was just one of the songs that, put together with the rest, created a phenomenal piece of work.
Great album.
 
I've always loved this album.  This is one of the "worst" songs on the album and I still gave it a 7.  There's a lot of great stuff on it:  Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane, Walrus and yes, Blue Jay Way! 

Beautiful!  If you have access, don't miss the Scorsese documentary on George Harrison...tomorrow and Thursday nights on HBO.

I KNEW I knew this song!  Haven't heard it in ages, but what a welcome sound.  Thanks, RP! I'm dancing.... Slowly, carefully, and as gracefully as this crippled-up old body will allow... {#Bounce}




Great music...  what a groove...  we be dancing...  love it...



I don't care....I like it...
 fredriley wrote:
There's often a reason why obscure tracks off 'classic' albums are obscure, and this effort is a good illustration: dire and boring. Even the Beatles put out plenty of clunkers.
 

I am so pained by this. Shall we meet to discuss the subject of obscurity in all it's dearth of sustenance? I'll buy.
 bronorb wrote:


Wrong.
We (old folks, now) used to listen to the whole album back when this came out. "Flying" was just one of the songs that, put together with the rest, created a phenomenal piece of work.
Great album.
 

{#Yes}    Yep an album, a cohesive collection of songs that had a collective meaning and context.  What an idea.  Us old folks also remember the movie that came with this "song" too.
Hey...my right speaker was dead....or was it ?
 fredriley wrote:
There's often a reason why obscure tracks off 'classic' albums are obscure, and this effort is a good illustration: dire and boring. Even the Beatles put out plenty of clunkers.
 
More faux wisdom from the peanut gallery interwebz


 fredriley wrote:
There's often a reason why obscure tracks off 'classic' albums are obscure, and this effort is a good illustration: dire and boring. Even the Beatles put out plenty of clunkers.
 
Disagree that it's a clunker. It has its place, for sure. Low key, congenial, hummable. Nothing wrong with that. It's not mind-blowing, but I think the mind expansion happened first, and the song came afterward....

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 fredriley wrote:
There's often a reason why obscure tracks off 'classic' albums are obscure, and this effort is a good illustration: dire and boring. Even the Beatles put out plenty of clunkers.
 

Wrong.
We (old folks, now) used to listen to the whole album back when this came out. "Flying" was just one of the songs that, put together with the rest, created a phenomenal piece of work.
Great album.
The Beatles' attempt at Muzak.
I like it... it's fun!
 fredriley wrote:
There's often a reason why obscure tracks off 'classic' albums are obscure, and this effort is a good illustration: dire and boring. Even the Beatles put out plenty of clunkers.
 
Actually, I think it has a nice groove and spacey tangents. Thanks for the reminder of this obscure song, Bill.

Oh, yeah, baby!  Excellent!
There's often a reason why obscure tracks off 'classic' albums are obscure, and this effort is a good illustration: dire and boring. Even the Beatles put out plenty of clunkers.


This song is the quintessence of groovy...  love it...

 
Getting a little bit Beatle-y today, eh Bill?
I've always liked this song.


This music is soooo gooood for the ears...

 
 parrothead wrote:
I think this is the only Beatles tune that all of the fab four take song writing credits.
 
I'll take "Beatles Trivia" for 400, Alex.

All Paul till the end......


Oh, yes...  love it...


I've been listening to the Beatles for years and thought I knew all their songs. Obviously I was wrong.

Thanks, RP!
Where else but here, on RP, would one ever hear Flying? Thank you BillG!
 techer2 wrote:
I love this song.....the bass riff is amazing.  I just wish they would have not recoreded it with all of the bass on the left......makes it hard to listen to on headphones.
 
It is basically a standard blues progression. But the whole arrangement takes your attention away from that fact. (Typically Beatles !)


 parrothead wrote:
I think this is the only Beatles tune that all of the fab four take song writing credits.
 

Indeed, you are correct. 
I think this is the only Beatles tune that all of the fab four take song writing credits.
I love this song.....the bass riff is amazing.  I just wish they would have not recoreded it with all of the bass on the left......makes it hard to listen to on headphones.
WOW!!  I've never heard this on the radio before, except for special A to Z specials.  Thanks Bill!
Indeed, a Beatles instrumental!
wow.  didn't think I would hear this on the radio.