Monday, December 20, 2010

Within You Without You by The Beatles – ***

First released: 1967

Frankly, I used to HATE this song. "Sgt. Pepper" was one of my earliest album purchases and at the time (1978), I couldn’t understand for the life of me why George Harrison would ruin an otherwise excellent album. Time has reversed my opinion and now I get what Harrison was doing and in reality the tune is head and shoulders above what Lennon and McCartney was doing at this time compositionally. While L&M were still churning out pleasant pop tunes, Harrison was delving into more complex rhythms and textures not commonly found on rock and roll records of the time. An ("Instrumental") version appears on 1996's "Anthology 2". It is also used for 2006's "Love".

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