Posts filed under ‘The Beatles’

All You Need Is Love

All You Need Is Love” was released as a non-album single in July 1967. It was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

The song captured the utopian sentiments of the Summer of Love era and topped singles charts in Britain, the United States and many other countries.

“All You Need Is Love” was later included on the US Magical Mystery Tour album. It also appears in a sequence in the Beatles’ 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine and on the accompanying soundtrack album.

My instrumental arrangement is in a classic rock style, which seems to get along well with much of the Beatles later material.

November 20, 2017 at 4:23 pm Leave a comment

Baby, You’re a Rich Man

“Baby, You’re a Rich Man” was jointly written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and released by the Beatles in 1967 as the “B” side to “All You Need is Love”. It was also included in their “Magical Mystery Tour” album and also in the “Yellow Submarine” film.

My instrumental arrangement is in a classic rock vein, and is a little more on the funk side than the original.

October 30, 2017 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

Fixing a Hole

Fixing a Hole” was released on the Beatles 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was written by Paul McCartney, although credited to Lennon–McCartney.

My instrumental arrangement is very different from the original feel.

October 1, 2017 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Good Day Sunshine

Good Day Sunshine” was released by the Beatles on their 1966 album Revolver. It was written mainly by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

My instrumental arrangement follows the original, but is a bit more aggressive in feel.

September 23, 2017 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

I’m Only Surfing (Sleeping)

I’m Only Sleeping” is credited as a Lennon–McCartney song but was written primarily by John Lennon. It was released on the Beatles’ 1966 studio album Revolver. In the United States and Canada, it was one of the three tracks that Capitol Records cut from the album and instead included on Yesterday and Today, released two months before Revolver.

My instrumental arrangement turns the song into a surf-rock number, so I have retitled it “I’m Only Surfing”.

September 22, 2017 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

The Word

The Word” was co-written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and released on the Beatles 1965 album Rubber Soul. Reportedly they wrote it after smoking marijuana, something they had not done before in a composing session.

My instrumental version maintains the feel of the original while making some adjustments to the instrumentation.

September 20, 2017 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

Wait

Wait” was released by the Beatles, on their 1965 album Rubber Soul. The songwriting credit is Lennon–McCartney, and the song is usually said to be a joint effort between the two — although both have indicated at one time or another that the song was mainly Sir Paul’s.

The song was originally recorded for Help! in June 1965 but was rejected for inclusion on that album. When Rubber Soul fell one song short for a Christmas release, “Wait” was brought back.

My instrumental arrangement is not a straight cover, but does folllow the original contours.

September 19, 2017 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment

Girl

This is my instrumental arrangement of “Girl“, which was primarily written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and included on the Beatles 1965 album Rubber Soul. This is one of the more melancholic and complex of the Beatles’ early love songs.

September 19, 2017 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

Tell Me What You See

Tell Me What You See” first appeared in 1965 on their album Help! in the United Kingdom and on Beatles VI in the United States. As with all Beatles compositions by either of the two, the song is credited to Lennon–McCartney.  However, the consensus is that it is entirely Paul McCartney’s work.

My instrumental arrangement preserves much of the feel of the original while adding some additional rhythmic variety.

September 11, 2017 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

Every Little Thing

Every Little Thing” was released by the Beatles on their 1964 album Beatles for Sale. Rather than include the track on the North American version of Beatles for Sale (which was titled Beatles ’65), Capitol Records first issued the song on the June 1965 release Beatles VI.

Credited to Lennon–McCartney, it was written by Paul McCartney, although John Lennon is the more prominent vocalist on the Beatles recording. Another interesting feature of the original is George Harrison’s use of a Rickenbacker 12-string.

My version is basically an instrumental cover of the original.

September 9, 2017 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

Another Girl

Another Girl” was released in 1965 on the album Help! and included in the film. The song was written by Paul McCartney but credited to Lennon–McCartney.

The original version is a rock-country-swing common in Beatles material. My instrumental arrangement is relentless guitar/surf rock.

September 6, 2017 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment

The Twelfth Shadow

“The Twelfth Shadow” is an original composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. This one is similar to the style of the Shadows, but with the addition of an electric 12-string part intended to evoke a George Harrison vibe.

 

September 5, 2017 at 1:56 pm Leave a comment

I Need You

I Need You” was written by George Harrison and appears in both the film and on the album Help!.  The Beatles’ version features Harrison’s first recorded use of a volume pedal, creating the distinctive swells which I reproduce in my instrumental arrangement.

August 29, 2017 at 4:50 pm Leave a comment

You Like Me Too Much

You Like Me Too Much” was written by George Harrison. It was released in 1965 on the Help! album in the United Kingdom and on Beatles VI in the United States.

My instrumental arrangement is not a straight cover, though it does certainly recall the feel of the original. My version becomes increasingly surf-y as it proceeds. The instrumental break of the original is used as the coda in my version.

August 28, 2017 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

I’m Happy Just to Dance with You

I’m Happy Just to Dance with You” is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and recorded by the Beatles for the film soundtrack to A Hard Day’s Night.

My instrumental arrangement is based on the original.

August 25, 2017 at 7:31 pm Leave a comment

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