What can I say that hasn’t already been said about this album? It is perfect from beginning to end and has become the standard to which I measure each of my albums.
I imagine some of you were wondering “When is he gonna mention The Beatles?” Well, here it is. Read on.
Having an older brother is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing in that I was exposed to so much amazing music at such a young age. And curse as I was subjected to periodic beatings… but maybe I had it coming… but I digress.
As a kid I was infatuated with all things Batman (I actually met Adam West –the REAL Batman–at a car show around then). I think I was 8 yrs old and my brother, Anurag, 12, at the time…He asked if I wanted to hear a song by The Beatles called “Batman.” I was aware of the Beatles as he would play Sgt. Peppers around the house. I liked it, but found their voices sounded to cartooney and high.
He popped the cassette in the ghetto blaster… “1 2 3 4… Biff! Bang! Pow!!!” As you guessed, I was listening to “Taxman,” but every time the chorus came along my bro would sing “Batman!”. I was sold. I loved the cartoonish b&w album cover. I just kept replaying Taxman over and over. “Eleanor Rigby” was next followed by “Love you to” (this was the US release of the album, so “I’m Only Sleeping”, “Dr Robert” and “And Your Bird Can Sing” were omitted… only to be discovered on the CD release when I was 15 only to thrust me into full-on Beatlemania for the rest of my life).
Repost for the 50th Anniversary:)