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PETTY, STEVENS PICK BEST BEATLE TRACKS

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This just in from Tom Petty: "For me it has to be I Want To Hold Your Hand [single, 1963]. The Beatles were hyped to be the best thing ever, but they actually were better than that. Just the *sound of I Want To Hold Your Hand is thrilling. Even today when I listen to it, it doesn't really sound like people singing, it sounds like it could be Martians or something. I was just a kid when it came out. I went and bought the single with that picture of them on the cover in those great collarless suits, and then I immediately set out to get a guitar. I've read that guitar sales boomed after that."

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And a late entry from Sufjan Stevens: "Even as a child, I knew Strawberry Fields Forever [single, 1967] was a song of incarnation. John Lennon's sobering voice, pitch-shifted down, Ringo's bombastic beats, George Martin's gregarious string and horn arrangements, the tape-splicing, the mood swings, that weird nautical alarm clock in the third verse, the jam-out, the fade out, the fantastic coda. It was serious and silly all at once. At the time, I took it literally: Yes, of course, let's go down and pick strawberries with the Fab Four. Why not? Years later, in college, my friends cued me to the drug references. But now, I'm not so sure. The multiple variations released on the Anthology albums indicate something much deeper. To me, it's a song about John working it out, shrugging his shoulders, letting it go, returning to an idyllic place from his childhood now lost in memory. In the process he also happened to create one of the most gorgeous psychedelic revelations in pop music."

Now vote for your favourites, to be compiled in a forthcoming Mojo readers' chart...

Posted by MOJO at 09:19AM | Categories: Interviews


Comments

Rain. It's everything rolled into one fuzzy ball of Lennon's hazy psychedelic vision. Sounds as contemporary as anthing out there now.


Posted by: brian s. | 1 Jun 2006 00:04:46

Here, There and Everywhere

Simply beautiful and beautifully simple.


Posted by: peepeeray | 4 Jun 2006 06:38:25