It’s been a while since the last blog post, but hopefully you’ve got everything you need up to now. You’ve been basking in the White Album, marvelling at Sgt Pepper and been confounded by Magical Mystery Tour.
Now settle down and prepare to be amazed by the Beatles final albums recorded and released despite the internal mayhem and bitching going on.
The third Beatles movie, released purely to fulfill a contract and with next to no input from the band themself. The accompanying soundtrack album was also thin on new Beatles music, with just four tracks getting a first airing. Alongside ‘Yellow Submarine’ (obviously) and ‘All You Need Is Love’, we are treated to ‘Hey Bulldog’, ‘All Together Now’ and two George Harrison originals ‘It’s Only A Northern Song’, a tongue in cheek observation on the Publishing Company responsible for Lennon and McCartney original compositions, and ‘It’s All Too Much’. The rest of the album is taken up by orchestral incidental music taken from the film, written by George Martin.
Past Masters Volume II
And so we arrive at the final album in the original Beatles catalogue. The second singles/curios compilation. The track listing is virtually a greatest hits in itself: ‘Day Tripper’, ‘We Can Work It Out’, ‘Paperback Writer’, ‘Rain’… ‘Lady Madonna’, erm, ‘The Inner Light’, a real Indian flavoured effort from George. Then back on track with ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Revolution’, ‘Get Back’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Down’. Personally, the most underrated single, ‘The Ballad of John And Yoko’, is one of the stand out tracks – recorded by John and Paul only (the others were on holidays or just unavailable at such short notice) it tells the story of John and Yoko’s wedding and honeymoon adventure. The last song on the album is the suitably ridiculous ‘You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)’. Ridiculous, but still sublime in it’s own way.
That’s it then. All the reasons you could possibly want to own the entire back catalogue of The Beatles. And if you want the story behind it all, get yourself the Beatles Anthology DVD series and the accompanying 3 double CD album set. Once you’ve done that, all other music is redundant…
Well, no it isn’t, but it definitely puts it all into perspective.