Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Beatles: "Paperback writer" & "Rain"



The Beatles recorded great songs.  

We will look at one of their best singles:  "Paperback Writer" and the B-side of "Rain".

For years, I owned the original Capitol Records 45 rpm single released in '66.   (I sold it to a record collector in Mexico in the 1980's)

This single was not included in the "Revolver" or "Yesterday and today" LP's in the US or elsewhere.  

In fact, "Paperback writer" was finally released in a US LP "Hey Jude" &  "1962-66" or greatest hits LP released in 1973.    Unfortunately, "Rain" was not released in stereo for a long time.

"Rain" was clearly ahead of its time.  It could have been released on "Sgt. Pepper's" or "Magical Mystery Tour".   At the end of the song, the vocal track is placed in reverse, which is why the lyrics don't make any sense.    

A great 45!   I heard that the 45 cover photo was a mistake.   It shows John & George playing the guitar as lefties.   



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