George Harrison’s withering indictment of Britain’s progressive tax system was chosen to open the Beatles’ most progressive musical effort to date. Opening with a rasping cough and a droll count-in, “Taxman” kicks off Revolver in startling fashion, demonstrating both Harrison’s growing sophistication as a songwriter and Emerick’s budding talent for sculpting guitar tones.
It's well known that Jimi Hendrix was looking to branch out and make some stylistic changes not long before his death in 1970. It's also well known that Hendrix and trumpet master Miles Davis were making plans to work together in a new project.
During Paul McCartney's show in Goiânia, Brazil, earlier this week, the stage was invaded by a swarm of grasshoppers. As McCartney, 70, played his three-hour set, several grasshoppers settled in on his shirt. As you can see in the video below, McCartney even introduced one of them ("Harold") to the audience.
The powerful and bluesy "I've Got A Feeling," which John Lennon jokingly called "I've Got A Fever," is a true Lennon/McCartney composition. It blends — via alternation and superimposition — two incomplete songs, one by Paul McCartney, one by Lennon.
Since Paul McCartney started touring regularly in 1989, he's given music fans the closest thing they'd ever see to a Beatles concert. And now that George Harrison has passed away and McCartney's shows packs his concerts with more Fab Four tunes than ever before, the same still holds true.
Filming A Hard Day's Night was often a brutal, seven-days-a-week affair that took a lot out of the band and crew. So one can imagine how Walter Shenson, the film's producer, felt when he pulled John Lennon aside during filming and said, "I'm afraid we're going to need a song called 'A Hard Day's Night,' something up-tempo that can be played over the main titles."
This spring, Paul McCartney will continue his ongoing back-catalog reissues project with the re-release of his late-1976 live album, Wings Over America. The album captures the best moments of one of the most sophisticated and dazzling tours of the mid-'70s. McCartney and his band, Wings, performed to more than 600,000 people at 31 shows in the US and Canada, ending with three nights at The Forum in Los Angeles.
Revolver is the album that made the Beatles recording artists in the absolute sense of the term. Their previous six albums had demonstrated John Lennon and Paul McCartney's increasingly ambitious songwriting skills and the group's competence with a range of musical styles. But the productions, while strong, were undistinguished.
Paul McCartney, ZZ Top, Wilco, Gov't Mule, Baroness, Mumford & Sons and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are among the acts scheduled to appear at this year's Bonnaroo festival, which will take place June 13 to 16 in Manchester, Tennessee.
The Beatles’ career spanned a period of radical change in studio technology. Between the time of their first recordings, in 1962, and their last, in 1970, the process of making records became increasingly complex, as multitrack tape recorders, improved audio circuitry and sophisticated signal-processing equipment became available.