OA: Rock Cesario Column October 03, 2008
What The Beatles were truly all about
If you read this column frequently you already know how I feel about The Beatles.
If not, I will try and sum it up without using too many clichés.
The Beatles were the only band in the history of rock ’n’ roll to have a cultural impact on the world. They were, for most of their seven years in the spotlight, the best and most popular band in the world at the same time.
There may be another someday, but I seriously doubt it.
The Beatles changed the way music was perceived. They also changed the way it was played, recorded and the way that harmony vocals were used.
As a group, they went through more stylistic changes in the few years they were together than almost any band in history. They were just so far ahead of everybody else when it came to what they wanted to do and at the same time maintained their ability to stay connected with their fans.
None of the members of The Beatles have had solo careers that come close to what they did as a band.
Their music is rediscovered by every generation and will continue to do so for who knows how long.
Now that I have made my point, I would love for you to tell me what your five favorite Beatles songs are and why.
I will tell you what mine are in a minute, but I must first warn you not to take too long or it will only get harder.
I am not sure I will be able to cut it down from my top 100 but I will try.
Are you a fan of The Beatles’ earlier and more innocent music from recordings such as “Please Please Me” and “With the Beatles”?
Do you like the mid-period music from albums such as “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver”?
Maybe all your favorites are all on one album such as the all-time classic “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club
Band” or the later albums such as the “White Album” or “Abbey Road.”
Without thinking about it any longer, here are my top five Beatles songs — for now — in chronological order.
• “Do You Want To Know A Secret” from “Please Please Me” — It’s 1 minute and 59 seconds of pure innocent love, and she doesn’t even know he loves her and he doesn’t want anyone but her to know.
• “And Your Bird Can Sing” from “Revolver” — This song features incredible guitar work from George Harrison and superb vocals from John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It’s a fun but twisted song from one of The Beatles’ greatest albums.
• “The Fool On The Hill” from “Magical Mystery Tour” — This great song was not released as a single. It was written entirely by McCartney and has more teeth and depth than most of McCartney’s songs. Is he really a fool or is he a very wise man? They always left things to your imagination.
• “I Am the Walrus” also from “Magical Mystery Tour” — Lennon said he wrote the first line one weekend on an acid trip and then wrote the second line the next weekend on an acid trip. This was a perfect song for that time in The Beatles’ history with lyrics like “Yellow mellow custard/ Dripping from a dead dog’s eye.”
• “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” from the “White Album” — Harrison wrote three of the most beautiful songs that The Beatles ever recorded: “Something,” “Here Comes the Sun” and this classic, which sums up his feelings as The Beatles was breaking up.
Those are my five favorites, for now.
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