Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Top 10 Beatles Switcheroos

John: rhythm guitar. Paul: bass. George: lead guitar. Ringo: drums. Right?

Hmm. Not always. This fascinating article from Rolling Stone details some of the notable occasions when a bandmember laid down a track using an instrument not normally associated with him.

The Rolling Stone article is great -- do click on it and buy whatever its advertisers instruct you to buy -- but, truth be told, it takes a while to get to the (intense gerund here) point.

Below, a summary for those, like me, who are short of time, attention, or both.

1. SHE SAID, SHE SAID (George plays bass.)

2. ANOTHER GIRL (Paul plays lead guitar.)

3. MARTHA MY DEAR (Paul plays lead guitar and drums. And almost everything else.)

4. THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO (Paul plays drums. John plays lead guitar.)

5. THE END (During the sequence of traded lead guitar runs at the end, Paul and John play lead guitar -- in addition to George. If you're scoring at home, the order is Paul, George, John, repeat.)

6. STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER (Paul plays timpani.)

I was surprised that the Rolling Stone writer failed to mention:

7. THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD (John plays bass.)

8. GET BACK (John plays lead guitar.)

9. FOR YOU BLUE (John plays a slide guitar lead as George urges him on: "Go, Johnny, go!")

10. BACK IN THE USSR (Paul plays drums.)