35 Years without Lennon and I wanted to share my thoughts about him.
Though credited as one of the finest songwriters in pop history, which he indeed was, as a Beatle or solo – to me Lennon was all about the rocknroll spirit. And I don’t refer to the Beatles early rocknroll albums, but to Lennon the 16 years old grownup who soaked Gene Vincent, Elvis and Chuck Berry’s vibe.
A big fan of all these three, and others, Lennon’s point of view of the world, was probably influenced by the rebellious nature of their music, the times, the jackets and of course-the girls.
This rebellious nature fit in will in the Bealtes and balanced Paul’s sugary pop writing and helped him build the naughty boy persona the Bealtes needed so much, especially when The Stones emerged to the scene too, a band of bad boys.
His Rocknroll album is often overlooked and it’s a shame, because Lennon was first and foremost, a rocknroll man. Even when his rocknroll took shape of a more contemporary writing in that genre, John is at his best when his voice has a slap-delay and when there’s grease in his hair. In this album, John returns to the classics of his youth, and does so, of course, in a brilliant way.
To really understand Lennon, this album is a must have.
So if you don’t know this album, and are familiar mainly with John’s hits, take the time to listen to the 16 years old in his soul. A real treasue.
I like the 60’s musical-hollywood-sugary-pop soundtracks. The blend of some jazz, naive songs about nothing, random electric guitar lick, some trumpets, you know how it is.
Riz Ortiliani’s “The Yello Rolls-Royce” soundtrack is exactly that, with some lush strings arrangments, nice female vocals from time to time, some accordion, you know – the perfect blend for an easy listening soundtrack.
If you watched the film, please tell me how it is.
Today, it’s 50 years of Rubber Soul.
I bought the Beatles albums, one after the other, chronologically. I watched The Beatles Anthology on TV, and every week I went and bought the music that they discussed that week.
When Rubber Soul was first played in my room, that was it for me. I understood in a second what they are trying to say and what they were trying to get loose from. They became serious, thinkers, and they had fuzz boxes and sitars.
They had Harrison’s If I needed Someone, next to the sweetness of Michelle. They looked down at (what they said to be) Paul’s grave, and John’s last women-hater song Run For Your Life (in Yoko’s time, this song would never had been written). It had the vocal harmonies of Nowhere Man and the masterpiece of all songs till that day – In My Life, with the organ solo played double time.
But above all, it was the album where someone left the bass channel a bit high in the mix, and helped the young bass player I was, learn something about counterpoints and harmonies.
What an amazing album.
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