10 Criminally Underrated Beatles Tracks

4. Real Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7twIF8PWic Can a song that was released as a Beatles single really be classed as underrated? In this case, yes. Real Love was the second single released on the back of The Beatles Anthology project, reuniting the three surviving Beatles (at the time) to flesh out two rough demos left by John Lennon. While Free as a Bird received much fanfare on its release in Christmas 1995 €“ eventually receiving a Grammy for Best Pop Performance €“ Real Love almost limped out in mid-March 1996. The song did sell 50,000 copies in its first week but was shunned by Radio 1 in the UK who refused to put it on the playlist €“ a reformed Beatles simply wasn€™t enough to shift Garbage, Shed Seven and Mark Morrison€™s Return of the Mack from the Radio 1 playlist. The song peaked at number four in the UK and number eleven in the US charts, which is a shame as it deserved much more. Real Love is a beguiling song featuring one of Lennon€™s most heartbreaking melodies €“ the original piano demo is a delicate thing of beauty. The three remaining Beatles do a sterling job but the presence of Jeff Lynne in the producer€™s chair gives the song a Bootleg-Beatles-by-way-of-ELO feel instead of true authenticity. Still, it€™s a much better track than Free as a Bird and in Beatles terms is their most underrated single.

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