Capturing The Beatles as a visceral rock band, ‘Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey’ is one of their most spirited performances of 1968.
Written in Rishikesh, ‘Dear Prudence’ has transcended its original inspiration to become one of The Beatles’ best-loved songs.
Beginning life as a song inspired by the Maharishi, John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’ evolved to look at the insecurities and possessive nature of love.
One of the first songs recorded for “The White Album”, ‘Blackbird’ found Paul McCartney responding to the civil-rights movement of the 60s.
The Beatles recorded three versions of ‘Revolution’, from an all-out rocker to an abstract collage, capturing the chaos and unrest of the summer of 1968.
Inspired by one of the Maharishi’s lectures, Mother Nature’s Son found Paul McCartney writing “a heartfelt song about my child-of-nature leanings”.
Playing with fans who sought to decipher hidden meanings in their songs, The Beatles laced ‘Glass Onion’ with references to their earlier songs.
As dark and heavy as any song in The Beatles’ canon, ‘Yer Blues’ demanded an intensity to match – and found it in a cramped Abbey Road storage room.
Starting life as a touching acoustic song, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ became an epic rock number, and one of George Harrison’s finest moments.
During the phenomenally eventful years of 1965-67, the studio changed for musicians & producers from being a place of work to becoming a creative hub.
Arguably The Beatles’ most visceral moment on record, ‘Helter Skelter’ grew from a bluesy jam into what’s been cited as the world’s first heavy metal song.
A classic back-to-basics rocker, ‘Back In The USSR’ incorporated Beach Boys harmonies and Chuck Berry riffs to become a scorching piece of rock’n’roll.
Mass-marketed music for the X Factor generation promoting attractive, clean-living male singers to teenagers looking for romance from their pop idols is not actually a new thing.
Gospel music has always had a major influence on R&B, with many of the biggest soul singers having started their vocal careers in gospel church choirs.
Many people mistake pop music as disposable. But from the blues to The Beatles, some of the most important artistic statements have been wrapped up in the world’s most popular songs.