Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Richard Furnstein: This one is special. The sun rises in Paul's heart and he wants to tell everyone about a beautiful parking authority girl. New love is in the air and Paul digs out some neat car metaphors (barely dusty from the previous year's Rubber Soul).
Robert Bunter: One of the worst ragtime piano solos the Beatles ever recorded. Their career was littered with them, unfortunately. Rocky Raccoon is the only other example.
Richard Furnstein: It's dire, sure, but let's focus on the JOY in this track. Lots of fun was had in the raucous vocal overdub session, including George wearing a flaming ashtray on his head, Ringo preparing cucumber sandwiches in the Abbey Road echo chamber, and John making racist jokes about the mentally challenged. The offensive humor is barely audible on the audio version (he was underwater).
Robert Bunter: Ha, is that a dog howling at the end?
Richard Furnstein: Possibly. The barnyard was getting ready for "Good Morning."