Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles
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"Can't Buy Me Love" - The Beatles (1964)
Recorded in March 1964, McCartney claimed "Can't Buy Me Love" was an attempt to write a bluesy mode. He said it was definitely NOT about a prostitute- as has often been suggested.
Commenting on the perks that money and fame had brought him, he added: ”It should have been 'Can Buy Me Love'”
When producer George Martin first heard the song he felt something was wrong and he thought that it really needed a tag for the song’s ending, and a tag for the beginning; a kind of intro. So I took the first two lines of the chorus and changed the ending, and said:
"Let's just have these lines, and by altering the second phrase we can get back into the verse pretty quickly."
The verse is a twelve bar blues in structure, a formula that the Beatles seldom applied to their own material.
Writes Beatle scholar Alan Pollack:
"It contains in its music a fusion of loosely related styles, and in its lyrics, the transmutation from platitude to poetry of a certain commonplace re: love and money; both of which innovations subtly prophecy particularly fertile trends of Beatles' experimentalism to come years hence."
George’s double-tracked guitar solo talks to itself across the left and right channels. His double-tracked guitar solo makes an uncanny first impression of genuinely smooth improvisation as it allows him to echo his own playing. The use of sizzling cymbals everywhere in the song except the intro and outro is a typical Beatles' example of texture used for purposes of formal articulation.
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