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"You've Really Got A Hold On Me"

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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!

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