The last Beatle album to finish up the series. This is a really nice compilation and if it was a proper Beatle record, it would have easily been their best. It covers a pretty decent span in their catalog and it’s a very enjoyable listen.
Day Tripper - I’ve always liked this one a lot. Not sure how somebody couldn’t enjoy this song actually. Whats there not to like? It starts off with the great alternating guitar riffs and the tambourine intro at 0:07. At 0:14 Ringo enters with a furious roll on the toms. I love how Paul starts the vocals with ‘Got a good reason’ and then the background vocals join in in the next verse. Pauls voice sounds great as does Johns in the backgrounds. Cant really pick George out so much. 1:14 John sings ‘Soooo Long’ in his raspy voice and its just a touch of Beatle magic. 1:21 love the guitar solo and tone. The build up is fantastic. 2:06 the infamous screw up during the harmonies. One of them sings ‘One Way’ and the others sing ‘Sunday’. 2:09 nice falsetto. The endings good too. Ringo rocks. Great song.
We Can Work It Out - I really like this one too. The guitar/tambourine/accordion/drums combo sounds fantastic. Pauls voice is great too. 0:36 John comes in to sing the chorus and to be honest, it makes the entire song. You almost expect Johns part to be sarcastic and negative for some reason (I always have), but its all a pretty positive message. I also love how they end each section of the chorus with the carnival type music. The accordion alternating with the drums is great. Sounds like ‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite’. Good song that I never seem to tire of.
Paperback Writer - I love this song. Could possibly be a top 5 Beatle track for me. Speaking of top 5 Beatle tracks, I noticed that I say that an awful lot doing these reviews and I’m going to go back and tally up those numbers. I think I have 10 or more top 5 songs if you catch my drift. Moving on,,,how great are those opening vocals? What an intro. Love how Ringo brings them in with the snare beat. 0:11 Pauls bass is awesome. Once again I want to point out the use of the tambourine. Its prevalent on the first few tracks here and its surely needed. It adds to each song. Pauls voice is great as is the guitar tone. 0:29 I’ve mentioned this before to a couple other drummers and this board actually, but Ringo finishes off his drum fills during this section on the rims. That’s amazing to me. How innovative. I’ve never heard it done since then actually. Its not an accident either because he repeats the fill later the same way. Incredible to me. 1:01 The backgrounds here,,,what are they saying? I had always thought they were singing ‘Paperback Writer’, but it sure as hell doesn’t sound like that when you listen to them closely. 1:48 One of the guys (John I think) starts singing Paperback to early here. All in all, its one of my favorite tracks and to be honest, its not bad lyrically considering its Paul either. Awesome song.
Rain - Rain is a good song. It truly is, but it doesn’t blow me away and I think it’s a tad overrated. Sue me. Definitely sounds like it could have fit perfectly on Revolver. The guitar tone is great and the bass sounds amazing. Theres that tambourine again. Ringo’s drums sound good and we all know the story. He loved his playing on this song and thought it was the best he’s ever done. Yes he actually even played it faster while they recorded it and the song was slowed down, but I’m not that impressed. It was one of the first Beatle songs I ever learned and I didn’t think it was all that much. Whatever, good job Ritchie. Johns voice sounds fantastic. 0:33 I don’t like the background vocals. 0:49 I especially don’t like them here. John double tracked I believe. With the guitar strums and the vocals along with the pulsating bass, this section always reminded me of some Scottish tune with bagpipes for some reason. Just me I realize. 2:35 my favorite part with John singing backward vocals. Good song and I wouldn’t give anybody grief for loving it.
Lady Madonna - Here’s where it came crashing down for me. I’ve never liked this song. I think the production is muddy and bass heavy. I also cant stand the ‘Ba ba ba ba’ backgrounds, but we’ll get to that point shortly. Starts off with some nice piano playing along with the hi hats coming along for the ride. 0:09 the bass and drums come in and just about blast my eardrums to pieces. I don’t care for Pauls voice here either. Like he’s trying to sing with some effect or something. 0:44 I do like the guitar here. 0:53 sax is nice also. 1:02 theres the ‘Ba Ba Ba’s’ that kill a great sax solo. Paul writes old style tunes like this all the time and I like them well enough for the most part, but this one never sat well with me. I give it the only alright rating and a song I always turn or skip.
The Inner Light - Cripes, I forgot about this garbage. I thought I was done listening to all of George’s Indian bullsh*t, but I guess not. This is probably his worst Indian song of the bunch too. The opening guitar/sitar/ whatever it is instrument is piercing. The percussion is too much also. Speaking of too much, that sounds like Yoko singing during the intro. Horrible. 0:27 George’s voice is nice here. Sooths the unruly song for a bit. I like the flute too. I don’t know. Where the other George Indian tunes seem to capture some melody and are interesting in parts, this one does nothing for me. Thankfully its short. Horrible song.
Hey Jude - This song confuses me. Sometimes I listen to it and think its almost a masterpiece while other times I listen to it and think it sucks. I’m not sure about it I guess. Lets take a listen and see how I feel today. I like Pauls voice and piano during the intro. 0:26 guitar and tambourine sound good. 0:40 background vocals are great. 0:49 Ringo comes in with thunderous drums. 0:55 add the bass and we have the entire band. 1:42 ’Let it out and let it in’ is one of my favorite parts. Love Ringos ride in this song. 3:10 the second part of the song comes in with the ’Na na na na’s’ and Pauls great vocals. 3:48 add the brass and horns for an even bigger effect. 3:59 Pauls ’Jude judy judy judy judy judy Owwww Wooow’ is the best part of the song bar none. You know, forget about what I said earlier, this is a good song. Damn good song. Not a masterpiece, but a good song. My only complaints are that its too long and I hate it in concert now, but that doesn’t take away from how good it is. Am I correct in saying one take? Really. Pretty amazing.
Revolution - Not a huge fan. I like the acoustic version even less on the White Album. I don’t know, its not a bad song, but I don’t think theres anything special about it either. Opening guitar is fun. The scream is pretty neat. I found out why I don’t like the song. I hate Ringos shuffle with the bass drum. That’s it. I hate playing this song and thus, I don’t care for it. I’m shallow. Bass is nice. 0:22 the backgrounds mess up coming in with Johns lead vocals. 0:45 hate the falsetto here. 1:22 Ringo trills a snare hit. I have never heard this before. Cool. 1:54 dig the organ solo and guitar together. 2:19 John and backgrounds mess up again. To boot, it sounds as if Ringo speeds up just a little at this part too. Could be me. Hate the screeching guitar during the ending. Not a bad song.
Get Back - Visit the ’Let It Be’ review for my take on this one. Here’s a hint, this single version is even worse.
Don’t Let Me Down - Here’s one that is pretty neutral with me. I can live with or without it. I don’t go out of my way to hear it. I love the beginning with the guitar causing the snare wires to vibrate. Cool. Bass is nice. Really like the organ. Johns voice is nice and Pauls frantic backgrounds are good too. 0:55 like how Ringo brings in the tempo change with the hi hat hit. 1:22 I really do like the middle section here. Nice change. 1:42 somebody says something in the background, but I couldn’t make it out. Nothing else in the song stands out. It bores the p*ss out of me now that I think about it. Average at best.
The Ballad Of John And Yoko - This is an irritating song. I don’t like it. As a matter of fact, I think it downright sucks. Bass is too loud in the mix. Hate the electric guitar tone. Like a slide or something. Annoying. Pauls drumming is straight ahead and nothing special. Anybody could have done it. Piano is decent throughout. 1:42 like how the song stops and then the maraca's are used when it comes back in. I cant remember off the top of my head, but wasn’t it just John and Paul on this turd? Anyways, John had an extra 5 minutes and thought he’s better write a song about his marriage to Yucko and this is what we got. Terrible.
Old Brown Shoe - Finally a good one. I was getting nervous there for a moment. Love the bass/piano intro. Ringo’s drums sound great and George’s voice is top notch here. I like the slide guitar sound on this one. Go figure. 1:04 this middle eight (or however they refer to it) is one of my favorites in their entire catalog. Love the driving tempo. George stated in an interview with Creem magazine that he played the bass on this song and just played it like a guitar would be played. If so (and I know its been argued who played it and so forth), it worked, because its pretty bad ass. Still loving the piano. 1:38 one of my favorite Beatle guitar solo’s ever. Well done George. When the background vocals are being sung, you can really pick out Johns voice. I like this song a lot.
Across The Universe - See my ’Let It Be’ review for this song too. Never one of my favorites regardless of what version it is.
(Damn, was typing while some of this was playing. Boy, this version sucks. Just saying.)
Let It Be - The single version here with the inferior organ solo. Love the song, but yet again, you can read about it on the ’Let It Be’ review.
You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) - A pretty awful goof off song in my opinion. The production sucks during the opening part. Why were they screaming? Terrible. 0:48 I like the percussion beat here. Is Paul singing this part (don’t say Dennis O’Bell please)? Cant even tell its so bad. 2:18 Seriously? Some people might laugh, but I cringe. Just a waste of time and space. Reminds me of Witchy from HR Puffnstuff singing here. 3:05 nice jazz drumming and piano, but the groaning and grumbling trying to sound like some old heroin shooting jazz player kills anything the nice tempo brings. This song is utter sh*t. Garbage in the highest form.
Wow. I need to apologize to you guys. I said this would have been their best record ever if it was an official release. I was way off. Theres tons of Beatle albums I’d take over this one. I believe I was fooled by the strong beginning before I started listening to it. Theres a good many songs on here that I don’t care for. Oh well, its finally over and I hope everybody enjoyed reading the reviews as much as I enjoyed doing them.