Back in the U.S.S.R. – 4 of Wands

BACK IN THE U.S.S.R. – 4 of Wands (Lennon/McCartney) The Beatles (The White Album), 1968 The White Album opens with sounds of an airplane engine followed by an uptempo drum and guitar beat. “Back in the U.S.S.R.” is a raucous pastiche of Chuck Berry and the Beach Boys. The song’s title is lifted directly from…

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For No One – 3 of Swords

For No One – 3 of Swords (Lennon/McCartney) Revolver, 1966 “For No One” is a beautiful breakup song, with Paul’s gift for melody and lyrics on full display. In 1966, the Beatles were exploring all sorts of musical themes and styles and could appear to do no wrong in the recording studio. For most bands…

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The Magic of the Beatles: An Alchemy of the Four Classical Elements

“The thing is, we’re really the same person. We’re just four parts of the one.” – Paul McCartney We all know the Beatles were something truly special, but they were far more than that. They were literally magic. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr each represented an elemental force within the band.…

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Magician

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Magician (Lennon/McCartney) Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967 Sgt. Pepper: The Beatles’ most notorious record and arguably the greatest album ever made! Released in the Summer of Love, it broke the mold for what was possible from a rock band. It is the perfect infusion of…

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I’ve Got A Feeling – 9 of Wands

I’ve Got A Feeling – 9 of Wands (Lennon/McCartney) Let It Be, 1970 We can tell within the first few notes that the feeling he’s got is one of dark foreboding. For good reason: the Beatles were growing apart personally and creatively as this song was recorded for what would eventually be the Let It…

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I’m Down – 8 of Swords

I’m Down – 8 of Swords (Lennon/McCartney) Released as a single, 1965 Available on Past Masters This B-side to the smash single “Help!” became a raucous staple of The Beatles’ live act. Little Richard is a clear influence, and “I’m Down” could be seen as a sequel to a Paul-sung favorite, “Long Tall Sally“. Like…

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