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Rarely has such a breadth of musical styles been gathered together on one set.
on 17 July 2015
There are few albums that have attracted more comment than this. The variety of the music is so great that there is something here for everyone. It is also so great that there is probably something here that you won't like. But that's the point: rarely has such a breadth of musical styles been gathered together on one set.
George Martin once said that he wished this had been a single album rather than a double. But look at it from the other side: which tracks would you omit to cut it in half? OK, Revolution 9 might top the list. But then? I predict that every proposal would result in somebody objecting that, no, that's a brilliant track and must stay in. And there's the rub: every track is brilliant in its own way.
Outright rockers (Back in the USSR, Helter Skelter), gentle ballads (I Will, Julia), Country (Bungalow Bill, Rocky Raccoon), Singalongs (Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da) and the incredible classic 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' ... this album has it all. When I first heard it, each track left me wondering what on earth was going to come next. And each time it was something unexpected, or different, or just brilliant.
With their previous three LPs, the Beatles had effectively changed the face of popular music. This album simply proved the point and told the world 'when it comes to music, the Beatles could do pretty well everything.'
It is almost fifty years since this album was first released. many of the tracks have gone on to become standards, recorded by hundreds of admiring artists. Some remain firm fixtures in Paul McCartney's concerts to this day. The album has stood the test of time and is, in my opinion, a must-own for anyone interested in the Beatles, the history of recorded music or simply the best of popular music. Brilliant.