Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Got To Get You Into My Life

"Got to Get You Into My Life" is a Beatles tune off of "Revolver." While one of the most overlooked Paul McCartney songs,  "Got to Get You Into My Life" represents a curious footnote to the Beatles days. While first released in the mid-1960s, "Got to Get You Into My Life" wasn't released as a single until 1976. The single was the original recording, though with some "beefing up" of the horn section. , when it became the Band's last original Top Five hit in the United States (at least according to Cash Box) and their last top ten hit until the "Anthology" days. So, in a sense, "Got to Get You Into My Life" really was the last chapter in the Beatles years, their last original hit single.

"Got to Get You Into My Life" is an archetypal "upbeat" Paul McCartney song, one simply designed to get you tapping your foot and smiling. When Apple released "Got to Get You Into My Life" as a single in 1976 (with "Helter Skelter" as the flip side), Paul was at the apogee of his Wings fame. Strangely, even at that moment of glory on the "Wings Over America" tour, Paul found himself once again competing with his former life - and having a hard time topping it. But then, everyone has a hard time topping the Beatles, even a former Beatle. Paul opened his concert at the White House in 2010 with "Got to Get You Into My Life."


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