Monday, July 10, 2017
TRACK ONE: "A Hard Day's Night" VS. "Drive My Car"
Now that all things Sgt. Pepper have quieted down a bit, I'd like to bring forth another edition of "The Battle Of The Records," and I will begin by asking this question-
Why is "A Hard Day's Night" rarely mentioned when discussing best Beatles records?
Most common Top 5, in no particular order:
The White Album
"A Hard Day's Night" was the first record of all original material, and none of it was filler. What band was doing this in 1963?
I thought about pitting "A Hard Day's Night" against "Pepper," but realized with "Pepper," it is really about the sum of its parts. There are too many songs on both "The White Album" and "Abbey Road," so that wouldn't work. It was down to "Revolver" and "Rubber Soul," though both have one more song than "A Hard Day's Night." We will deal with that at a later date.
I decided on "Rubber Soul," as I think the results might be closer than you think.
Now that all of that is that, let's begin
Is there a more recognizable opening chord than "A Hard Day's Night?" This jumps out of the box and does not relent, from Paul's gut busting vocals on the bridge, to the "beedledeebeedlebeedledee" guitar/piano solo, to the very last "feel all right," this song is lightning in a box.
"Drive My Car" is nothing to shake a stick at. Another great opener, with some killer riffage, another impossible Ringo fill, and three part harmonies right out of the gate. "Beep beep'n, beep beep YEAH!" Tough call, but "A Hard Day's Night" gets my vote.