Friday Five : ˈfrī-(ˌ)dā,-dē ˈfīv : On the sixth day of every week I hit the shuffle button on my iTunes and share my five and drop a little knowledge and insight for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, sometimes there isn’t. Sometimes we have guest, but most of the time it’s just me. The rest is up to you, our friends and readers! Fire up your media player of choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments.
Editors Note: Beatlemania is alive and well and kicking this week’s five back to the ’60s for five tunes from the fab four.
The Beatles – “Get Back” (from Let It Be, 1970)
“I’d like to say thank you of behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition” – John Lennon
The Beatles – “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)” (mp3) (from Past Masters, Volume Two, 1988)
If pressed to name my “Desert Island” Beatles tracks, this would land squarely in the Top 10. Hell, it would probably make the Top 5. Originally released as the B-side to “Let It Be” this track has the distinction of being the last official release in the The Beatles cannon.
The Beatles – “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” (from The Beatles, 1969)
And to the other end of the spectrum, this is probably one of my least favorite tunes in the catalog. To that point is a bad Beatles song a bad song? While you ponder that…
The Beatles – “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” (from Help!, 1965)
We make our way to another favorite. According to Paul the song “is just basically John doing Dylan.”
The Beatles – “A Hard Day’s Night” (from A Hard Day’s Night, 1964)
Like many of you out there, the first thing I did when I got my hands on the remasters was cue up this track and turn up the speakers. The familiar, and noticeably clearer, opening chord rang out and it instantaneously transported me back to the first time I recall hearing the tune. The remastered track – and the whole collection, for that matter – brings to the front the considerable contributions of Ringo Starr. It’s as if I never noticed the bongo track underneath the verse.
What’s got you spinning across the universe this week?