The Beatles -- ‘Helter Skelter’

Helter Skelter (4.30)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, lead guitar, bass guitar; John Lennon: Backing vocal, lead guitar, tenor sax; George Harrison: Backing vocal, rhythm guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums; Trumpet: Mal Evans

Paul based this on a written review of The Who’s new single ‘I Can See For Miles’ which went “This marathon epic of swearing cymbals and cursing guitars marks the return of The Who as a major freak-out force.” (If you’ve ever heard the song then you’ll know that it’s nothing like that at all.) Paul said: “I read in the ‘Melody Maker’ that The Who had made some track or other that was the loudest, most raucous rock ‘n’ roll thing they’ve ever done. I didn’t know what track it was but it made me think, ‘Right. Got to do it.’ So I sat down and wrote ‘Helter Skelter’ to be the most raucous vocal, the loudest drums, etc etc. I was using the symbol of a helter skelter as a ride from top to bottom – the rise and fall of the Roman Empire – and this was the fall, the demise, the going …

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