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It’s difficult to let this John Lennon 70th birthday weekend pass without at least one more song. I’m going with “Tomorrow Never Knows,” which was recorded in April 1966 at the dawn of the psychedelic era and is probably one of the best representatives of it (perhaps only matched by Lennon’s “A Day in the Life“). Even forty-four years later it sounds revolutionary. Sampling and re-mixed effects are very common in popular music now, but no one had ever done anything like this before or would do so again for a long time (I’d argue that it didn’t happen in any significant way till the nineties). And, remember, the Beatles and their brilliant producer George Martin did it under very primitive conditions, recording (for starters) on just four tracks and with no digital; just tapes that could be sped up, slowed down, spliced, played backwards, and that’s about it. And yet those limited conditions provided an avant garde masterpiece from a band that was redefining the mainstream. To put it into perspective: they’d recorded “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” just three years earlier.
After the jump, a documentary clip on the recording of the song.