As sonically starved Beatlemaniacs the world over count the minutes until 09-09-09’s LONG-overdue upgrade to the digital Beatle legend, and those under the age of fifty prepare to do battle with the Beatles Rock Band,
I count down instead my own personal fab fave tracks from a catalog practically as deep and wide as it is expensive.
Your mileage will vary, of course,
but if you ask me…..
1) PLEASE PLEASE ME
…and, with the supreme Beatle ballad “Ask Me Why” on its original flipside, perhaps the greatest one-two career launcher in poppy-rock history.
2) IT WON’T BE LONG
As you’ll soon realize, John is my unapologetically favorite Beatle, and he was positively on fire throughout my fave Fab album, With The Beatles. Elsewhere upon same, “Not A Second Time” and “All I’ve Got To Do” were pure Smokey Robinson-worthy young Lennon gems, while Paul’s “All My Loving” – not to mention George’s first-ever (!!) ditty “Don’t Bother Me” – also helped make the band’s second album an end-to-end unbeatable beat group classic.
3) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
Arguably the very pinnacle of the band’s studio concoctions …BEFORE they started getting altogether too magically mysterious for their own good, that is. And still the greatest fade-out(s) ever committed to vinyl to boot.
4) I DON’T WANT TO SPOIL THE PARTY
Both Everly Brothers notwithstanding, The Beatles hear-by invent alt. country and, coupled as it originally was in North America with “Eight Days A Week,” produce in the process their first of many 1965 chart-toppers.
5) TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS
If you hadn’t already realized during its previous thirteen songs, Revolver had just forever re-written musical history right before your very ears.