Sunday, January 25, 2009
Conversation for a Sunday morning
Via TNR, JamesBio Magazine presents a complete ranking of every Beatles song, # 185 (Revolution 9, only played forward, I presume) to # 1 (A Day in the Life). I agree with four of the Top 5 (yes on Hey Jude; Golden Slumbers medley; I Am the Walrus; and Day; not so much on She's Leaving Home).
Let the conversation begin . . .
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I am not a Beatles expert, but I would have put Yesterday and Let it Be way up higher. They're simple songs, I know, but they remain both great and timely 30 years later -- you can't say that about many songs. Day in the Life as number 1 seems fair to me as well.
Posted by: Michael Risch | Jan 25, 2009 11:56:55 AM
To my mind, one mark of a song's quality is whether it is sufficiently complex to lend itself to a jazz reconstruction/deconstruction, and a beautiful one at that. On that standard, Brad Mehldau's completely gorgeous version of She's Leaving Home on his trio album, Day is Done, decisively earns the song its place within the top 5.
Posted by: Amy S. | Jan 25, 2009 7:13:29 PM
I just hope this doesn't lead future groups to try to game the rankings.
Posted by: Brian Leiter | Jan 26, 2009 4:45:20 PM
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