A band named The Beatles made a bit of a splash here in the US. Over the next month or so we will all be taken back to that time to relive the hysteria and enthusiasm created by the band that is as relevant today as they were 50 years ago. Amazing!
Other reports also indicate that the show will include appearances by Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Adele, Bruno Mars, Pink and Katy Perry, who will deliver new performances of the five songs the Beatles played on their ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ debut. Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart are slated to come together and perform once again as the Eurythmics.
Here is a video from the original Ed Sullivan show to get you started. My guess is that you will see this many places over the next few weeks, so let this be the first of many 🙂 The video also eliminates the crowd noise so you can actually hear the performance.
Beatle fans know that the last album released by the Beatles was “Let it Be“, but the last album recorded by the Beatles was “Abbey Road” One of the top 10 albums of all time, recorded 43 years ago if you can believe that, Abbey Road is one of my favorite albums. One of my three wonderful daughters is named Abbey. Coincidence? You make the call 🙂
After the near-disastrous sessions for the proposed Get Back album (later released as Let It Be), Paul McCartney suggested to music producer George Martin that the group get together and make an album “the way we used to”, free of the conflict that began following the death of Brian Epstein and carrying over to the sessions for the “White Album“. Martin agreed, stipulating that he must be allowed to do the album his way. This would be the last time the band would record with Martin.
The climax of the album is a 16-minute medley consisting of several short songs, both finished and unfinished, blended into a suite by McCartney and Martin.Most of the songs were written (and originally recorded in demo form) during sessions for The White Album and Get Back/Let It Be sessions.
“The End” is notable for featuring Starr’s only drum solo in the Beatles’ catalog. Fifty-four seconds into the song are 18 bars of guitar solo: the first two bars are played by McCartney, the second two by Harrison, and the third two by Lennon, with the sequence repeating. Each has a distinctive style which McCartney felt reflected their personalities: McCartney’s playing is in a somewhat rigid staccato style; Harrison’s is melodic with pronounced string bends and Lennon’s is rhythmic, stinging and had the heaviest distortion. Immediately after Lennon’s third solo, the piano chords of the final part of the song begin. The song ends with the memorable final line, “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make”.