Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Beatles On 'All Songs Considered'

While everyone disputes whether Sgt. Pepper or Abbey Road is the greatest Beatles record, there is no doubt that Rubber Soul was an incredible turning point for the band. Released during Christmas time of 1965, the album represents a dogmatic shift from the romantic themed songs, dominant of the 'Ed Sullivan' broadcasts, to a time in which George Harrison, the quiet one, developed a penchant for profound songwriting. In spite of all its greatness, however, Rubber Soul is historically notable for containing 'Norwegian Wood,' the first rock song featuring a sitar.

Revolver was a continuation of such progressive development, segueing to the latter classics, with songs like '
Taxman,' 'Eleanor Rigby,' and 'Good Day Sunshine.' Of course, this album is remembered for featuring 'Yellow Submarine,' one of the rare anthems sung primarily by Ringo, the most popular Beatle in America during the 60s.

Finally, in 1970, Let it Be was released, encapsulating a near decade-long journey of rock and roll greatness that mythically captured the hearts, minds, and souls of a generation. It was the
title track of this album that seemed to prophetize the end of an unthinkable run, and combined with 'The Long and Winding Road,' the two songs seemed to create more questions than answers for a cohort poised to embark upon a new decade.

Hungry for more Beatles tidbits? Listen to
NPR's 'All Songs Considered' Episode 107 to discover and relive even more Beatles history. The half-hour long show details everything from the factors behind George Martin's production decisions to rare factoids probably never heard of before. From revealing the fact that John Lennon shredded his vocal cords during the recording of 'Twist and Shout,' to spinning some never before released songs, this episode of 'ASC' is one of the better I've come across.

As an added bonus, I've included just a few of my favorite Beatles songs for streaming:

'Run For Your Life'

'Sexy Sadie'

'You Never Give Me Your Money'

'The End'

...and in the end, the love you take, is equal to the make.

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