A new Beatles compilation, Tomorrow Never Knows, was today released exclusively on Apple’s iTunes Music Store.
The collection includes 14 of The Beatles’ rockier songs. Priced at $7.99 or £5.99, the tracklisting contains six songs primarily written by John Lennon, six by Paul McCartney, and two by George Harrison.
- ‘Paperback Writer’
- ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’
- ‘Helter Skelter’
- ‘Savoy Truffle’
- ‘I’m Down’
- ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ (Naked Version)
- ‘Back In The USSR’
- ‘You Can’t Do That’
- ‘It’s All Too Much’
- ‘She Said She Said’
- ‘Hey Bulldog’
- ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’
- ‘The End’ (Anthology 3 Version)
The promotional film for ‘Hey Bulldog’ is also available to stream and download via the service.
Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl has written liner notes for the digital album, in which he describes the impact The Beatles had on his life.
If it weren’t for The Beatles, I would not be a musician. It’s as simple as that. From a very young age I became fascinated with their songs, and over the years have drowned myself in the depth of their catalogue. Their groove and their swagger. Their grace and their beauty. Their dark and their light. The Beatles seemed to be capable of anything. They knew no boundaries, and in that freedom they seemed to define what we now know today as ‘Rock and Roll.’
“Recently I showed my 6-year-old daughter, Violet, the brilliant Yellow Submarine movie. It was her introduction to The Beatles, and she instantly shared the same fascination I felt when I was her age discovering The Beatles for the first time. She wanted to know their names, which instruments they played, who sang what song, etc etc etc….it made me so incredibly happy (and proud!). Within days she knew the verses and choruses to every song on the album. But, there was one song that stood out for her….
‘”Hey Bulldog” is not one of The Beatles’ greatest hits. It’s what most people would consider a ‘deep cut.’ But it is a quintessential Beatles rocker. The rolling bass line, the trademark Ringo drum fills, the gritty distorted guitar, and that sound that only the back of Lennon’s throat could produce. It stomps. It grooves. It makes your head bob. It makes your hips shake. When Lennon sings, ‘If you’re lonely you can talk to me!’ it soothes your heart, like you’ve finally found something to believe in. It’s so raw and real. It is 100% timeless Rock and Roll…
From one generation to the next, The Beatles will remain the most important rock band of all time.
Just ask Violet.
The album contains no previously-unreleased recordings, although the Let It Be… Naked version of ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ is made available on iTMS for the first time. The service’s introduction to the album also hints that ‘Come Together’ was meant to have been included, although it is not one of the Tomorrow Never Knows tracks.
From John Lennon’s opening guitar crunch of ‘Revolution’ to the dizzying psychedelic wind-up of ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’, this exclusive album collects The Beatles’ songs that rock the hardest. The early power of ‘I’m Down’ only hints at the band’s colossal statement of heaviness with ‘Helter Skelter’ – a song that came well before Zeppelin and AC/DC fully powered up. The stripped-down rock and soul of ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ is set up with mid-period FM radio rockers like ‘Come Together’ and ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’.
What do you think? A good introduction for newcomers, or yet another Apple Corps shameless cash-in? And which songs would you have included? Let us know in the comments section below.
Also on this day...
- 2011: Paul McCartney live at Comerica Park, Detroit
- 2010: Paul McCartney live at Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
- 1969: Recording, mixing: Come And Get It, Sun King, Mean Mr Mustard
- 1968: Recording: Sexy Sadie
- 1967: The Beatles go sightseeing in Greece
- 1967: The Beatles call for the legalisation of marijuana
- 1965: Ringo Starr buys Sunny Heights, Weybridge
- 1963: Live: Odeon Cinema, Weston-super-Mare
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool
Want more? Visit the Beatles history section.