With this month’s release of The Beatles U.S. albums by Capitol Records and my ongoing re-appreciation of the group’s library of songs, I’ve decided to reprise a series arc from the archives. Each a short post of the British albums on The Lads official list.
From these, in the order as they are in 2009’s remastered stereo set, I’ll list their songs from the spotlighted album and pick two:
- the only – if I could only listen to one track, the best song that exemplifies the album, it would be this number
- the one – if I could pick a single tune that doesn’t get either the play or the credit it deserves, it’s this one
Back in the U.S.S.R
Wild Honey Pie
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Martha My Dear
I’m So Tired
Don’t Pass Me By
Why Don’t We Do It In The Road
Mother Nature’s Son
Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
Long Long Long
Cry Baby Cry
The Beatles, the ninth or as it became known as ‘The White Album’, hit the record stores on yet another November 22nd, this time in 1968. The double LP the first to appear on the Apple record label, and spent 8 of its 22 weeks on the UK chart at number one. Its experimental nature (some would say fractious) again making a cultural impact on all listeners who spun it on their turntables.
My Only: Back in the U.S.S.R. Out of all their albums, I expect this will have a large range in both song categories. Due to the White Album’s scope, unique quality and quantity of its tunes. I picked this because of its take off of the Beach Boys style, itself emblematic of the album’s sardonic tone, plus its homage to a particular Chuck Berry tune. The fact that Ringo was missing on this song, too, was indicative of the group’s tensions at the time (he quit during a portion of album’s recording).
My One: Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey. I think I surprised myself by choosing another up-tempo song from this noteworthy album. Nevertheless, it’s a compelling track, for me anyway, because of its rhythms, guitar work, and the energetic vocal John Lennon laid down. Being the longest song title in the entire Beatles catalog, and lyrics alluding to either heroin use or upset by others (in the group) over Ono, likely added to the selection, as well.
What would be your Only and One for this album?
The entire series can be found here.