19 January 2012
Ah the medley. It is brilliant. Polythene Pam, Golden Slumbers, and The End being my favorites.
I used to skip 'Sun King' all the time. It took one time listening to the album in the woods, not particularly sober, that I realized how AMAZING that song (and the entire medley) is. It truly is a wonderful end to an album, the best I've ever heard.
are you kidding me?! tell me – why? mm… I find the intro (I mean first seconds of the song) really relaxing and pleasent kind of a warm up to what's coming next – they aren't heavy or annoying, whatever. just fills you. so, you, why?
23 October 2011
20 January 2012
I will blame it on my age at the time! I felt it was a little slow and took to long to get to the point. Also, at that time, I never listened to an album all the way through! My first listen of Abbey Road (on my own) I skipped songs and wondered why the 2nd half seemed so short and abrupt in places It took me a while before I played it through and realized it was a medley! I'm actually kind of ashamed of admitting that. I was 20. Just a little boy!
Come to think of it my Beatles obsession started a bit rough. I remember Sgt. Pepper was the 2nd album from them I bought, listened to it twice, hated it and didn't pick it up for years.
8 November 2012
Deep Beatles has entry on the making of "Sun King" with some interesting revelations – most notably (for me anyway) the Fleetwod Mac influence.
However, another musical influence entered the studio — Fleetwood Mac. In 1968, the Peter Green-iteration of the band released “Albatross,” a dreamy instrumental driven by Green’s reverb-filled guitar solo and chords emulating the tide rolling in. In a 1987 interview, George Harrison revealed that the single inspired the Beatles to rework “Sun King.” “At the time, ‘Albatross’ was out, with all the reverb on guitar. So we said, ‘Let’s be Fleetwood Mac doing “Albatross,” just to get going,’ Harrison said. “It never really sounded like Fleetwood Mac … but that was the point of origin.”
While “Sun King” may not exactly duplicate the track, the mellow quality of the song, created with melodic guitars and sound effects like chimes and use of cymbals, faintly echo “Albatross.”
More at the link.
I was thinking about that this morning. This is going a bit off-topic but whatever.
Sun King is very Fleetwood Mac. The guitar work in Don't Let Me Down sounds very Hendrix-y (Wind Cries Mary), and Lennon's voice in that song sounds like nothing else he recorded (listen to "Ooh she done me/She done me gooood" – can anyone tell me who he's trying to sound like? Dylan?). We all know he lost his mojo towards the end, but it's interesting how some of his late-Beatles music was quite derivative of his contemporaries. It's like his early and late music was heavily inspired by other people, and only in the middle stage was his songwriting truly original.
17 December 2012
I can't think of any Dylan song that featured that kind of vocal at that time. Bob was very much using his country voice at that time, and I can't think of a vocal like Lennon's from earlier in the decade. I tend to think that the last time Bob as a performer influenced a Beatles performance was Paul's on Rocky Raccoon – which, along with the song itself, seems heavily influenced by John Wesley Harding and, in particular, The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest.
Anyway, we should know better!
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