Inexplicably underrated, “I’ll be Back” foreshadows later Lennon-penned masterpieces.
George Harrison begins developing his craft at an astoundingly rapid pace.
This raucous rendition possesses a rawness not present on the more familiar album cut.
Lennon and McCartney embark on their unprecedented run as songwriters.
The Beatles never recorded a studio version of “The Hippy Hippy Shake,” instead using the obscure Chan Romero barnburner to rev up early live audiences.
“The Star Club Tapes”: this very phrase inspires spirited debate among Beatles fans. Are they garbage, or do they serve as an important historical document? Should they be officially released, or has Apple been correct in prohibiting a Beatles-sanctioned Star Club album?
Some Beatles tracks forged new sonic territory, and others just rocked hard. “Hold Me Tight,” a track off 1963’s With the Beatles, harkens back to their beginnings in Hamburg and Liverpool
Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to my last Deep Beatles column on “The Night Before,” this week shines the spotlight on another underrated Help! track: “I Need You,” an early George Harrison composition that still sounds haunting and airy.
Was “The Night Before” the Beatles’ response to the Shirelles’ 1960 hit “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”? The 1965 Help! track could be seen that way, as it deals with a common topic: what happens the morning after intimacy?
The Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul is an embarrassment of riches. In addition to its stellar material, it signaled the final days of Beatlemania and a transition into more experimental sounds and sophisticated songwriting.