Something not all that new

The very first record album I bought was Something New, one of Capitol’s patchwork Beatles compilations, which included “Matchbox” and “Slow Down” from the Long Tall Sally EP (not released as such over here), a track in German (“Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand”), and eight tracks from the British A Hard Day’s Night, the last of which was “If I Fell,” an utterly lovely John Lennon ballad that apparently they didn’t take too seriously: on tour in 1964, the band often introduced the song as “If I Fell Over.”

That said, the Lennon/McCartney harmonies were seldom better than they were on “If I Fell,” and you may be certain that the MonaLisa Twins did them justice:

And really, the idea of a couple of young Austrian expats relocated to Liverpool to do British Invasion songs — and the occasional original — is really no weirder than the fact that “If I Fell,” a B-side in the States, was a Number One A-side in, um, Norway.

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  1. McGehee »

    28 February 2016 · 8:20 am

    A gorgeous take on a gorgeous song.

  2. Roger Green »

    28 February 2016 · 4:35 pm

    Have you been to any of those Deconstructing the Beatles shows with Scott Freiman? EVEN YOU might find them interesting. I went to TWO yesterday, one on Rubber Soul, the other on SFF/PL and a Day in the Life.

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