One of John Lennon’s more underrated compositions, “Polythene Pam” fits perfectly with the preceding Abbey Road fragment “Mean Mr. Mustard.”
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Several early songs from the writing collaboration between Paul McCartney and John Lennon eventually saw the light of day — save for their very first, a song called “Just Fun.”
To have been such a breakthrough hit for John Lennon as a solo artist, to have been the last we’d hear from the former Beatle for half a decade, Walls and Bridges receives precious little attention these days.
As “Sun King” quietly fades, a drum kickstarts this darkly humorous track: “Mean Mr. Mustard,” a John Lennon composition dating to 1968. His own harshest critic, Lennon later labeled it a “piece of garbage.”
Next in the Abbey Road medley is one of the Beatles’ most beautiful yet mysterious tracks, “Sun King.” In later years, John Lennon dismissed “Sun King” as “a piece of garbage I had around,” but its lovely harmonies and mystical lyrics transform it into an entrancing listening experience.
The Beatles’ 1963 Christmas recording makes the rounds of classic rock radio stations every holiday. The lads send Christmas cheer to fans around the world as they joke and sing bits of holiday carols.
For the next several columns, I will closely examine the legendary Abbey Road medley, their 16-minute magnum opus comprised of numerous song fragments. Where did these short works come from? How did they fit together so flawlessly?
Years after the Beatles recorded the Yellow Submarine track “Hey Bulldog,” John Lennon casually described the song as “a good sounding record that means nothing.”
She’s one of the world’s most famous avant-garde performers of all time, not so much because of her works but because of who became her soulmate.
The long-hoped-for reissue of Harry Nilsson’s final full-length solo album would be big enough news. How about an all-new version of his John Lennon collaboration “Old Dirt Road”?