Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Instrumental Backing Tracks of the Gods (An Occasional Series): You've Got to Be Fricking Kidding Me Edition

The Fabs, 1966. Pretty much my favorite track from Revolver -- "And Your Bird Can Sing."

Just the guitars, bass and drums.


Seriously, I'm well aware that there is no Greatest Rock Band of All Time any more than there is a Greatest Novel or Greatest Painting of All Time.

That said, any bunch that could make a noise that brilliant before the vocals were even appended has got to be in serious contention for the title.


Sal Nunziato said...

Jeez. I mean, it's like my favorite song ever, and I feel like I only just heard it. No words. (well, except the ones I just wrote.0

buzzbabyjesus said...

IMHO No one else is even close.

TMink said...

How did they come up with the harmony guitar part? They had never done anything like that previously, I would love to know the story as the arrangement seems to come from nowhere.

This song and Taxman do it for me.

Gummo said...

You can say that for a lot of what they did in 1966, TMink.

In a book about rock drumming, Ringo chose "Rain" as his best drum work ever, saying he had never done anything like it before -- or since.

Of course, one could say that about a lot of the pop music that came out 1966 -- it was one of those artistic watershed years.

FD13NYC said...

Two of my favorite Beatle albums, Rubber Soul and Revolver collectively. Songs, at the time, you never imagined were that good, totally mesmerizing.

I wonder how many takes it took for them to nail AYBCS, 30, 40? Brilliant finished product.

steve simels said...

There's an, er, interesting version on Anthology where they keep cracking themselves up maniacally.

Brooklyn Girl said...

1965 and 1966. Magical, once-in-a-lifetime years.

And my word is bleatess

pete said...

The clap track at the end of the guitar solo - are those two claps the only time it occurs?

Shriner said...

I like the story about how Joe Walsh said he learned to play the dual-guitar riff on one guitar.

And that he told Harrison about it (as he was impressed) and George told him they double-tracked it...

Anonymous said...

Of course the guitars are brilliant, but the bass and drums are spectacular on this. They crammed so much music into 119 seconds.


Anonymous said...

I've decided I'm gonna have to play it on the radio show next week and I haven't even listened to it yet! That's how much faith I have in all of your opinions.

Thanks Steve and gang


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Anonymous said...

I'm the kind of geek who usually can't appreciate a song unless I appreciate the lyrics. Not that they have to have pretensions to poetry -- I appreciate Rockaway Beach just fine -- but there has to be something that grabs me. But although AYBCS is lyrically pretty slight, the music is so compelling that it's one of my all-time favorites. Thanks for posting this, and keep up the good work!


Sal Nunziato said...

AYBCS "took two 12 hours sessions, including a complete remake, and went through many varations before arriving at its finished form in the early hours of 27th April.

"McCartney claims to have helped on the lyric, estimating the song as 80-20 to John."

The song's working title was "You Don't Get Me."

"One of the early versions of this track (Anthology 2) shows the group using a stop chord on the final 'me' of the last chorus."

Just some of the NOTES courtesy of Ian Macdonald's essential book, "Revolution In The Head."