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The Fool on the Hill

“The Fool on the Hill” was written and sung by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and recorded in 1967. It was included on the “Magical Mystery Tour” EP, album, and the Magical “Mystery Tour” film.

Though one of the more popular songs from “Magical Mystery Tour”, the Beatles never released it as a single. Sergio Mendes took a version to #6 on the US charts in 1968.

My instrumental arrangement is based on the Beatles version.

June 3, 2017 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

And Your Bird Can Sing

And Your Bird Can Sing” was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney.  McCartney stated that he helped on the lyrics and attributed the song “80–20” to Lennon. It was released on their 1966 album Revolver in the United Kingdom and on Yesterday and Today in the United States.

The song is remarkable for its extended dual-guitar melody, originally played by George Harrison and Paul McCartney. In many ways the interest of the original comes from the instrumental sections…thus making it a good candidate for an entirely instrumental arrangement.

May 29, 2017 at 5:46 pm Leave a comment

I Feel Fine

I Feel Fine” was written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released in 1964 by the Beatles as the A-side of their eighth British single. The B-side was “She’s a Woman”.

The single reached the top of the British charts in December 1964 and topped the US Billboard Hot 100 charts for three weeks in late 1964/early 1965.

My version has the same basic feel as the original with a few changes in different sections to add the necessary variety to support an instrumental approach. Perhaps the most major change I made was to play the song’s signature riff on a baritone guitar, down an octave from the original.

May 23, 2017 at 5:31 pm Leave a comment

I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party

“I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was released on the album Beatles for Sale in the United Kingdom in 1964. In the United States, Capitol released the song as the B-side of the single “Eight Days a Week”, and later on the Beatles VI album, both in 1965.

My instrumental arrangement has a feel based on the original.

May 19, 2017 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride” was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. Issued as a single in April 1965, it became the Beatles’ seventh consecutive number 1 hit in the United Kingdom and their third consecutive number 1 hit in the United States. The song was also included on their 1965 studio album Help!.

My instrumental arrangement preserves the feel of the original while adding a few additional details to help the tune work as an instrumental.

May 12, 2017 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

Eight Days a Week

Eight Days a Week” was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon and released in the United Kingdom in December 1964 on the album Beatles for Sale. In the United States, it was first issued as a single in February 1965 before appearing on the North American release Beatles VI. The song was the band’s seventh number 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

Interestingly, although it was a huge American hit, the group apparently did not think highly of the song (Lennon called it “lousy”) and they never performed it live.

My instrumental arrangement is faster than the original as well as having a different rock feel. However, the characteristic chords that open and close the track are the same.

May 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

A Hard Days Night

A Hard Day’s Night was released in 1964. Directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, the film was a financial and critical success. The title song topped the charts in both the United Kingdom and United States when it was released as a single.

My instrumental arrangement slows it down a bit and also changes the feel as well.

 

May 10, 2017 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment

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