I Read the News Today, Oh Boy! (Yet Another Beatles Blurb)

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With the 50th anniversary of its release just passed and a deluxe reissue already having hit the market, the highly-regarded Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has once more become a hot topic amongst music lovers. From coffee shop conversations to the nightly news to most every music publication, the album that some consider to be the band’s best has been discussed, dissected and doted upon, ad nauseum. Aside from the many positive reviews Giles Martin (son of “fifth Beatle” George Martin) has received for his remastering efforts, few new remarks or revelations have been revealed with these revisitations.

A common criticism that has caught my eye, however, is contempt for “Lovely Rita,” much to my surprise. While it has never garnered the attention “A Day in the Life,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and other Pepper tunes have, I think the catchy bass line alone is enough to brand it as ear candy as opposed to ear worm.

Though Revolver will forever be my answer when “forced” to choose my favorite Beatles record, I think “Rita” (coupled here with another less-heralded track) was an important inclusion on what was the Beatles’ most diverse collection of songs to date. And whether they’re being criticized or praised (each for the umpteenth time), Fab Four features will forever be newsworthy.

(Since much of the Beatles’ catalog has been removed from YouTube, I have chosen to use this live McCartney clip instead. I will gladly accept any and all donated tickets to Sir Paul’s current tour, as I have yet to see him live! #bucketlistgroveling)

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3 responses »

  1. I love “Rita.” Lyrically, it’s not up there with “A Day in the Life,” but for me it’s loaded with exuberance and the most fun song on the LP. Lennon’s psychedelic chorus vocals are also a great counterpoint to McCartney’s bouncy lead vocals.

    • All excellent observations! As a side note, I know a woman whose parents named her after this song as well as one who was named after “Lady Madonna.” Points to both sets of parents but extra credit to Rita’s. 😀

  2. Great names, both. We named our daughter, Holly Michelle, after Buddy Holly and the “Michelle” of Rubber Soul. Years later I discovered that she shares the same first and last name as Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and Papas (Holly Michelle Gilliam). Then, for her wedding not long ago, we danced to “In My Life” for the traditional father-daughter dance. Lotsa connections!

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