Tuesday, September 29, 2009

11 gems from the remasters

"An original Beatlemaniac gives the new Beatles 'Remasters' a listen"

"No Reply": A doozy from Lennon's stack of jealous-guy songs. In hypnotic musical shorthand, it's the Hitchcockian tale of a crazed guy who pulls a Peeping Tom when his gal won't answer his calls — and spots her at home with a new love. Lennon's insistent vocal carries a sense of dread and betrayal that belied the band's "cuddly" image of the time. And the background refrains ("I saw the light!" "I nearly died!") are deliciously eerie. ("Beatles for Sale")

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