Thursday, March 15, 2012

Getting Better


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"Getting Better" is one of the best tracks on one of the best albums of all time, so little more needs to be said - but I'll say a little more anyway. ;) While "Getting Better" receives surprisingly little recognition, it is another distinctive Paul McCartney and John Lennon composition that inhabits a grey area somewhere between rock and standards. In a striking illustration of their respective perspectives, Paul contributed the "positive" aspects of the song while Lennon added the "negative" lyrics about mistreating women. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was probably the apotheosis of the Lennon/McCartney songwriting partnership, and "Getting Better" is one of the best illustrations of how this worked (but there are several examples on the album, perhaps most famously "A Day in the Life").

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One of the few highlights of the 1978 Sgt. Pepper movie - which I actually went to see with a bud, I think we were the only people in the entire huge theater - was when George Burns, then about 90, sang this in a kind of soft-shoe way. He did a pretty good job, I have to admit, but George was no Paul.

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"Getting Better" is another Beatles song that Paul McCartney doesn't return to very often. He did not perform the song live until his 2002 Driving World Tour and 2003 Back in the World Tour. Strangely, "Getting Better" is often covered by other acts, perhaps due to its simplicity for singers. Among the artists recording "Getting Better" are Smash Mouth (for the 2003 Dr. Seuss film "The Cat in the Hat"), Cheap Trick, and The Afghan Whigs.


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