The Beatles were amazing in everything. It sounds hyperbolic, but the more you listen, the truer it is. From the dizzying pop of She Loves You to the lysergic thrills of Stawberry Fields Forever, they could do it all.
String-soaked ballads, hand-picked folk, music-hall pastiche… with Tomorrow Never Knows, you could say the Beatles provided the model for the Chemical Brothers to exist! The Beatles didn’t do hip-hop, but if they did, it would probably be the best hip-hop in the world… okay, that’s overkill, but you get the idea.
Like all great bands, The Beatles took their influences and forged them into something new and exciting. Yet, despite all their quests, their experiments pushing the limits, there was a great little rock band underneath. They were an outstanding rock’n’roll band forged in the fires of the Hamburg Reeperbahn.
They didn’t have the sleazy leg of the Rolling Stones or the guitar shimmer of the Who, but the Fab Four were more than capable of churning out a classic rock tune.
Thanks to careful management of their legacy and spare licensing of their back catalogue, you won’t find many Beatles tracks on classic rock compilations. However, you can bet the people posting these comps have reached out. These are the leads they will have asked for.
Like A Day In The Life, this unsung Let It Be gem brings together parts of unfinished songs, written separately by John and Paul, to create a classic track. The way Paul’s upbeat anthem to his new love is tempered by Lennon’s cynical “everybody’s had a tough year” segment is another example of what they bring out the best in each other. other.
While A Day In The Life was a psychedelic masterpiece, I’ve Got A Feeling was a more direct hard rock track with bold guitar and warm piano. The song is also notable for Paul’s lead vocals.
Inspired in part by Paul’s recent interest in Canned Heat, the song almost seems to foreshadow the Seventies sound of Faces et al. Even on the album where they attempted to return to their rock and roll roots, the Beatles couldn’t help but point to the future.