Monday, April 7, 2014

Song of the Week from The Beatles

The Beatles (commonly referred to as The White Album) is a double album released in November of 1968. This album was recorded during a tumultuous period for the band. Ringo briefly left the band during the recording of the album, forcing Paul to play drums on a couple tracks.  My view of this album is that it isn't quite a Beatles album. It's more like a collection of solo work from each of the members, put together under the Beatles name.  If it wasn't for the existence of Yellow Submarine, this would probably be my least favorite album.

Since it's a double album, I'm going to cheat this week and share two songs.  One of them is extremely well known, but I have to pick it because a) it's a great song and b) it's one of the few good songs on this album.

First, the cheat. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is a George Harrison composition, and is unique in the Beatles' catalog as it features a guest performer.  Eric Clapton, while not credited, plays lead guitar on the track. George and Clapton were friends for many years, despite Clapton stealing George's wife. Everything from the lyrics, to the guitar work, to the opening piano riff make this one of the great rock songs of all time.

The second, more obscure, song this week also deals with Eric Clapton. Like I mentioned above, George and Clapton were friends, and George couldn't help but notice Clapton's strong chocolate addiction.  "Savoy Truffle" is a reference to the guitar god's love of sweets.  In fact, most of the candies named in the song were real treats at that time.

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