52 Guitars: Week 8
Something Wrong and Something Right

Speaking of The Beatles

And speaking of the role of McCartney's bass playing in their music: in the course of reviewing all my old Sunday Night Journal pieces, I came across this review of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, in which I made the following remark:

The single most striking thing in my revisiting of the album was the brilliance and effectiveness of the rhythm section. McCartney’s bass in particular, prominent because of its bright, rubbery tone and avoidance of the lower range, often seems to be the engine of the music, both supporting and leading.


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Here's British composer Howard Goodall explaining why the Beatle's music is so exceptional from the perspective of classical music. He slides into cheerleading, rather than analysis at times, but it is still very instructive. He actually thinks that the Beatles may have saved "classical" music from total self-destruction.

Well, I'll be interested in hearing that. Too long to watch right now.

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