so, something's got to give.
i can't make each and every one of 'em my gold choice.
by golly, it's difficult, but...
gold: 'paperback writer'
- gosh, how i loved this single with the double 'a' sides!
in truth, i prefer 'rain', but, by jove, it was a rush of excitement and deep joy.
it emerged before 'revolver' and by now i was totally smitten with beatleband.
much much more than a mere pop group.
as someone who's sometimes prone to knock macca,
here's a fine example of a performance that features his paulness full on
(musically, but not the smug mug on the diveo!).
i particularly like the bass line, cranked up loud and dirty upfront, where it deserves to be.
the backing vocals, with that whooshy (over-)engineered phasey-wazing.
where would the monkees've been if not for this sound?
silver: 'warmth of the sun'
- a fabulous song.
lovely lead vocals.
lovely harmony vocals.
probably doesn't need more intricate instruments than it's given,
but, gawd'elpme, amongst these contenders,
i find the arrangement's a bit plodding.
i eventually find m'self unexpectedly plumping for them liverpudlians.
bronze: 'all along the watchtower'
- it's impossible.
i can't listen to this dispassionately.
i can't listen to this without involuntarily adding air guitar licks.
crikey, it's bloomin' good.
what a chap can do with a bunch of oblique dylan lyrics
and a phaser.
it's nearly gained silver spot.
let me vote now, before i change my mind...
tin: 'gimme shelter'
that twangy, rhythm guitar intro.
that insistent, scraping, percussive crickety scrape.
that bellowing jagger.
those shrill, icicle, backing vocals.
that sinuous lead guitar intrusion.
those urgent piano tinkles.
it builds magnificently and chugs along.
then it just sort of ends.
blimey, it's a great recording.
but, it's not a great song.
and something's got to be bottom of this excellent heap.