Taxman - The Beatles - Rock N Roll Music
Label: Parlophone - 2 C 276-06153,Parlophone - C 276-06.153 • Series: Double Duree • Format: Cassette Compilation • Country: France • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Pop Rock, Rock & Roll
During their ten-year career, The Beatles were responsible for more seismic shifts in music than any other band. But they rarely get the credit for playing such a formative part in the development of rock music. Here are a dozen tracks that show just how important they were - and how much they rocked.
Although ashram buddy and Beach Boy Mike Love was instrumental to the concept, in the US the track went over like a fart in church. Slowhand lays down an emotive lead on the Gibson he gave Harrison nicknamed Lucy ; the other Beatles play nicely in the presence of a guest, and Harrison notches up another gem with blues-boom cred.
The White Album track that influenced hard rock and heavy metal to come. In the studio, voices cracked, the playing became thrashier and the volume went up and up. Delirium hit the Taxman - The Beatles - Rock N Roll Music.
One take spun out to 12 minutes long. Two versions of Revolution were recorded: a laid-back stroller for the White Album, and a gutsy rocker that Lennon pushed as the next single to show his political hand. During the writing of Lady MadonnaMcCartney started to bark over the piano riff, and this spring-heeled bluesy stomper was born. Eight minutes long, and constrained within an ominous repeated phrase, it was a Taxman - The Beatles - Rock N Roll Music leap from the buttoned-up cuteness of I Want To Hold Your Hand.
By the end, the massed guitar build-up slathered in white noise and the jarringly abrupt edit add to the claustrophobia of a very weird, very grown-up love song.
And when keyboardist Billy Preston turned up at the studio during a particularly stressful session, George Harrison leapt at the chance to use him. It broke the ice, and 27!
Its defining performance is as the climax to their impromptu final live show — the iconic rooftop Orange Wedge - The Chemical Brothers - Music Box of January 30,propelled by the excitement of the event and perhaps even a sense of relief.
Another paean to Yoko from John, this time rooted in vulnerability and drugs. See more Classic Rock features.
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