There have been threads about The Beatles since the original Word v1 site (of which Tigger’s White album post below is just the latest). The recent publicity given to 50 years since Sgt Pepper, the thread on Rolling Stones songs ordered by merit, plus comments elsewhere on Ian McDonald’s Revolution In The Head got me thinking and planted a seed.
I propose to listen to every Beatles song in turn, and post a commentary on each one of them, first to last. The order of songs will be guided by MacDonald’s book; while I may refer to, concur with or disagree with IMac’s opinions or extract notable information the thoughts will be mine and I hope yours.
Just to be clear, the main purpose of referring to Revolution In The Head is to use it as a chronological guide. I’m not proposing a redundant exercise of re-analysing the songs as McDonald did, but want to consider their impact on me and I want to read your thoughts on how they hit you. I recall almost all of them first time around. How have younger members come across them and how do you feel about them?
So we can discuss EVERY Beatles song. The brilliant, those that are merely good, the bad and the abysmal. I want opinions about the songs, memories stirred by them, stories around them, your thoughts on cover versions. This will follow the evolution of the band and chart the decline. But for this to go beyond an ego-trip on my part it is essential for this discussion to gather your opinions. and any other bollocks that springs to mind, going off at any sort of tangent that takes my (and your) fancy. There may be detours to look at other bands singing Lennon-McCartney songs that the Beatles didn’t do themselves – bands like The Fourmost
For each song I’ll assume it is the basic Beatles line-up. Any variations with guest musicians etc will be noted. I’ll also note my listening source; whether CD, vinyl (7” single or album) or possibly on-line stream.
So with more than 200 songs to cover (possibly going down the Anthology route and including the two posthumous songs if I’m up to it by then) let’s get cracking. This is going to take a while to cover. My thought is to leave a song thread until discussion starts to peter-out, then post the next one. Some may run, others (I’m thinking of things like Blue Jay Way), may be very short. But who knows? The whole thing may die a death at the first song.
So I’ll say goodbye for the moment and hope to see you over on the thread with song #1 Love Me Do.