Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tuesday Beatles Karaoke

From Anthology II in 1995, please enjoy the backing track for George Martin's stunning string quartet arrangement of Paul McCartney's breakthrough 1966 Revolver masterpiece -- "Eleanor Rigby."

I don't even know where to begin about this one, except that Martin has said that the down-stroke string stuff that begins at approximately 1:27 seconds in was inspired by Bernard Herrmann's music for Hitchcock's Psycho, i.e. the shower scene.

Which is to say that a manipulative slasher movie begat one of the great 60s odes to existential alienation.