John, by his own admission, 'doing Smokey again' — and this time with one of Mr Robinson's own songs. As a portrait of a tormented soul in a one-sided love affair, Lennon handles the torturously tricky vocal of "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" impeccably, and George Harrison's co-lead contributions work absolute 'Miracles'.
The other George's piano underpins the agony all the way: but all the performances here are so intricately "tied up" that it would be unfair to single out any one in particular — an immaculate team effort. It was the first track to be recorded for With
, later appearing on their Second Album
in the US. Having been previously honed on stage and on various occasions at the Beeb, it's a sublime example of the way that their Beatelepathy was bouncing about back then: especially when compared to the ragged revisit during the Let It Be
movie sessions.Hold me, please!
Hold me, squeeze!