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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

10 Beatles Songs That Shook and Change The World

You might think no song ever really changed the world. But we think there are. Let’s pretend the ten Beatles songs in this list are never existed. Don’t you agree then that this world would never be the same?

1.She Loves You The 1963 single that made the four boys from Liverpool became the king of British music. It can be called the Beatlemania theme. The ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’ phrase is the key to success and the greatest hook Lennon and McCartney ever had. Paul’s father tried to stop them for using it but fortunately, he failed. She Loves You is the best selling single of the Beatles and the most joyous too. CD-1,1962-1966,THE CAPITOL ALBUMS VOL.1 AND PAST MASTERS VOLUME ONE

2.I Want To Hold Your Hand USA was the final destination for Beatles crew and they conquered it with this single. The first No.1 of them in America in the early of 1964 just days before their first historic visit. Brian Epstein said it was tailor-made directly for the American market. He was wrong-it was for the whole world as every ingredient is the first rate. Bob Dylan misheard some words and thought this is the drug song! CD-1,1962-1966,THE CAPITOL ALBUMS VOL.1 AND PAST MASTERS VOLUME ONE

3.Yesterday Recorded in 1965, Yesterday wasn’t like anything the Beatles had done before. It’s not like the Beatles the fan used to know. In fact it’s not really the Beatles. Only Paul McCartney, his bittersweet voice, his acoustic guitar and a string quartet (arranged by George Martin) are on this record, with no other Beatle. This nostalgic ballad became the most covered song and most broadcast song of all time. Everybody believes in Yesterday. CD-HELP!, 1, 1962-1966

4.Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) The composer John Lennon wanted some strange sound on this strange love song. He asked George Harrison to play a sitar on it. Though Harrison ’s playing wasn’t so good, the world was amazed as it never happened before. To this day, many Beatles fan still searching for the real girl in this song. CD-RUBBER SOUL, 1962-1966

5.Eleanor Rigby After the huge success with Yesterday that has only Paul and a string quartet, a year later, Paul and Martin tried again with Eleanor Rigby. This time Paul’s vocal are backed with John’s, George’s and a string octet. Paul rarely wrote better lyrics in his life though John claimed that he had contributed in a large part. Listen to Eleanor Rigby is like watching a drama-thriller movie in two minutes. CD-1, 1962-1966, REVOLVER

6.Tomorrow Never Knows No other band had ever gone far as this and the fan can still follow. The last track of the fantastic Revolver album in 1966 but the first song they recorded for it. The song has only one or two chords in an Indian song fashion. Lennon’s voice was modified to sound like it’s from the other side of the universe while Ringo’s drumming was constantly hypnotic exciting. No synthesizer in 1966, so they used various tape loops and backwards technique to make sound effects that still sound spooky to this day. There’s only one way to listen to this song properly, turn off your mind before turn it on. CD-REVOLVER

7.Strawberry Fields Forever In 1967 The Beatles was a full time studio band. They didn’t care how long and how many takes to make a song the way they want. John wrote this tune while he’s in Spain filming ‘How I Won The War’ alone with no other Beatles. The song began its life as an acoustic dreamy tune before it’s gradually evolved through many takes, edits, mixed and re-make to be the superb psychedelic anthem at last. The Beatles released it as a single with Paul’s Penny Lane . Many critics and fans said it is the greatest 45s of all time. It never reached No.1. CD-MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR, 1967-1970

8.A Day In The Life Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’s grand finale. We actually think this great album will never be nearly as great without this song. John has only three verses without middle eight and what happened was that Paul had it. Incredibly, Paul’s part fitted to John’s perfectly. John’s words are come from newspaper mostly and Paul’s are from his childhood experience. Together, it made the scene of a day in the normal man’s life- so common and so abstract at the same time. Paul and Martin used the orchestra at full effect. Sound and feel like the end of the world. CD-SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND, 1967-1970

9.I Am The Walrus The best thing in the disaster Magical Mystery Tour film. It was also in the last Beatles single of 1967 as the B-side of Hello Goodbye. The song are very complicated in many ways, John got the first inspiration from a police siren and he wrote the bizarre words in Lewis Carroll style and put some clues for some crazy fans. George Martin’s score in this song are probably his best ( tie in with ‘Eleanor Rigby’) together with the Mike Sammes Singers and an extract from a BBC radio dramatization of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy Of King Lear, Act IV, Scene VI. where fans hear someone cry “oh, untimely death.” CD-MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR, 1967-1970

10.You Never Give Me Your Money/Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window/Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End The side B of their last LP: Abbey Road has Here Comes The Sun, Because and the two ‘huge melody’ medleys. They consist of Lennon’s and McCartney’s short unfinished music bit threaded together. The individuals may not be too good but as a whole it was one last greatest performance they recorded. This is no fluke, they’re not just two medleys, or just put the little songs together. There’s some themes behind them and the emotion was built up and down dramatically along the way. And in the end they took the love back much more than they had made. CD-ABBEY ROAD

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