This is inspired by Shukhevychs music entries. Unlike Shuk, however, Im going to use these to talk about some of my favourite bands and let you hear a couple of my favourite songs by them. There will, however, be a few surprise entries.
I was first introduced to the music of The Beatles when I watched a documentary about the making of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. I liked the music, asked for, and got, the album for my birthday and it spent so long in my personal stereo that the tape broke.
The first thing to notice about the band is the talent. John on rhythm guitar, Paul on bass. Georges awesome performances on lead guitar. And I dont care what anyone says, listen to A Day In The Life, where the drumming style changes at least twice, and then tell me he is not the best drummer ever.
But the incredible talent isnt just shown on the instruments. In any other band, any band whatsoever, George Harrison would have been the main songwriter. In The Beatles, however, he was third behind Lennon and McCartney. And it wasnt the writing together that made them so damn good, it was the competition between them, encouraging them to try and top each others last song. And while Ringo may not be the best songwriter in the world he still wasnt too shabby. Octopuss Garden is infused with joy and an amazing childlike quality.
Also, forget Bowie or Madonna, The Beatles showed the music world how to reinvent yourself. It would have been easy for them to wither and die during the start of psychedelia, but they took it head on and won (admittedly, with the help of copious amounts of drugs).
Its a shame things had to end the way they did (listening to How Do You Sleep (a not even veiled attack on Paul) on the Imagine album is hard going) but perhaps it was for the best. I doubt if they would have gone on to be like the Stones and at least they went out on a high.
And now the music.
The first song is Strawberry Fields Forever, which is one of the best songs never to make it to number one in Britain (it was beaten to the top by Please Release Me). I believe the Americans showed a bit more taste. The next one I was pleasantly surprised to find on youtube. Its While My Guitar Gently Weeps, but its the demo version which is version very slightly remixed for the Love album.
Anyhoo, on with the music!
Strawberry Fields Forever:
While My Guitar Gently Weeps: