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2. Here, There and Everywhere
‘Here, There and Everywhere’ appeared on the Beatles’ 1966 album Revolver. It’s a beautiful song, deceptively simple on the surface but with a lovely melody and impressive layered backing vocals.
Paul had been listening to the Beach Boys’ new album Pet Sounds, and was inspired by the songwriting of Brian Wilson and in particular, the song ‘God Only Knows’.
‘Here, There and Everywhere’ was a favorite of both Paul and John, as well as George Martin.
“Paul’s song completely, I believe. And one of my favourite songs of The Beatles.” – John Lennon
Musicians are often looking for simplicity, where the melody of the song can stand on its own without a lot of bells and whistles. Paul wrote several classic songs that were sparse yet deadly effective (think ‘Yesterday’), and ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ is one of the best songs he ever wrote.
(Note: the regular studio version is not currently available on YouTube – this is Take 14 from the Beatles Anthology).
‘Rain’ is another song you won’t find on a regular Beatles album, appearing only as the B-side for the ‘Paperback Writer’ single. It’s long been a secret favorite of many diehard Beatle fans, including myself, and it’s easy to see (and hear) why. It may also have been the first step towards the Beatles psychedelic period explored on ‘Revolver’, and later in full force on ‘Sergeant Pepper’.
John Lennon was inspired to write the song by a torrential rainstorm while in Australia, and in the mood to experiment once he got back to the studio. Late one night, he took the tapes home and inserted one backwards by accident, where he was amazed at the sounds he heard. As a result, ‘Rain’ features a backwards section at the end, creating an eerie but effective new sound that turned on the Beatles.
“After we’d done the session on that particular song—it ended at about four or five in the morning—I went home with a tape to see what else you could do with it. And I was sort of very stoned and tired, you know, not knowing what I was doing, and I just happened to put it on my own tape recorder and it came out backwards. And I liked it better.” – John Lennon
Several different parts of the song are sped up or slowed down slightly to create unique sounds, and all the pieces fit together perfectly. John’s lyrics and vocals are great, Paul’s bassline is stellar, and ‘Rain’ may be Ringo’s shining moment – his drumming on the track is superb.
The Beatles made promotional videos for several songs, and this one’s pretty cool!
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