Reliving Beatles Songs Of The 70s
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The Fab Four has had a good run in the 60s, amassing a global following with their music. From a more traditional and pop-influenced brand of rock in the early part of the decade, the Beatles transformed into progressive icons in a span of just a few years. Citing musical influences as far as the East, the band took on a different approach in making music. This of course brought change to the individual members as well, each of them finding their creative sweet spot. As such, the Beatles were underwent the inevitable break up, but scored an album before going on their separate ways. Here are some of the best tracks from the only Beatles album that touched the 70’s – Let It Be.
The ending track of the album originated from an impromptu jam, with McCartney saying, “We were sitting in the studio and we made it up out of thin air … we started to write words there and then … when we finished it, we recorded it at Apple Studios and made it into a song to roller-coast by.” Aptly the last rocker the Beatles released, it is some sort of a homage to their start. Lennon also says the song is some sort of dig against Yoko, “there’s some underlying thing about Yoko in there”, saying that McCartney looked at Yoko Ono in the studio every time he sang “Get back to where you once belonged.”
“Two Of Us”
Originally intended as a guitar-rock song, McCartney deemed the demo to be too “chunky”, so they opted for an acoustic arrangement. The song features immaculate vocal harmonies in it, complementing with the laid-back progression and tone brought on by the acoustic guitars.
“The Long And Winding Road”
Based on a solemn and melancholic piano progression, McCartney says the song was inspired by the scenic view of one of his properties in Scotland. The song is inlaid with contrasting lyrics of anguish, yet is riding on a relaxed and peaceful arrangement. Its form is quite ambiguous as well, with no clear chorus or verse indications, and instead relies on its recurring melody to go on its length.
“Across The Universe”
Inspired by his ex-wife Cynthia’s babbling that irritated Lennon, he thought of it as an endless stream of thoughts that he loosely based the lyrics from. This is one of the Beatles songs that the Transcendental Meditation influenced, with Lennon even adding the mantra “jai guru deva om” to link the verse to the chorus. The string instrumentation on the track has that Eastern jangle, that when paired with a Wah effect, has a hypnotic quality that drives it home.
“Let It Be”
The title track of the iconic album speaks for itself quite satisfactorily. Written by McCartney in the midst of growing tension between the band’s members, “Let It Be” was inspired by a dream he had of his late mother, and not of the Virgin Mary which some wrongfully attribute it with. McCartney says the song of acceptance, complete with the melancholic yet uplifting resolution, was heavily influenced of the aforementioned dream, “It was great to visit with her again. I felt very blessed to have that dream. So that got me writing ‘Let It Be’.”