Deep Beatles

“Dig a Pony,” from Let It Be (1970): Deep Beatles

“Dig a Pony,” from Let It Be (1970): Deep Beatles

The Beatles’ often-overlooked “Dig a Pony” is a classic example of John Lennon’s love of wordplay.

Deep Beatles: “Things We Said Today” from A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Deep Beatles: “Things We Said Today” from A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

We hear hints of their impending musical evolution into Beatles 2.0.

Deep Beatles: “You Can’t Do That” from A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Deep Beatles: “You Can’t Do That” from A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

It should’ve been in the film; it should’ve been a lead single. What happened?

Deep Beatles: “When I Get Home” from A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Deep Beatles: “When I Get Home” from A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

While often overlooked, the album cut is worth a closer listen.

Deep Beatles: “I’ll Cry Instead,” A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Deep Beatles: “I’ll Cry Instead,” A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

This song shows where John Lennon would go as a Beatle, and as a solo artist.

Deep Beatles: “I’ll Be Back” from A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Deep Beatles: “I’ll Be Back” from A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Inexplicably underrated, “I’ll be Back” foreshadows later Lennon-penned masterpieces.

Deep Beatles: “Don’t Bother Me” from With the Beatles (1963)

Deep Beatles: “Don’t Bother Me” from With the Beatles (1963)

George Harrison begins developing his craft at an astoundingly rapid pace.

Deep Beatles: “I Saw Her Standing There” (Star Club, 1962)

Deep Beatles: “I Saw Her Standing There” (Star Club, 1962)

This raucous rendition possesses a rawness not present on the more familiar album cut.

Deep Beatles: “Ask Me Why” (Star Club, 1962)

Deep Beatles: “Ask Me Why” (Star Club, 1962)

Lennon and McCartney embark on their unprecedented run as songwriters.

Deep Beatles: “The Hippy Hippy Shake” (Star Club, 1962)

Deep Beatles: “The Hippy Hippy Shake” (Star Club, 1962)

The Beatles never recorded a studio version of “The Hippy Hippy Shake,” instead using the obscure Chan Romero barnburner to rev up early live audiences.