Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Maxwell's Silver Hammer - The Beatles (audio only)
I believe that, aside from clean-up work on some "Let it Be" tracks, that this was the last song the Beatles ever recorded from the start, in late summer 1969. Lennon, deep in his protest phase, refused to have anything to do with it and basically walked out. It's actually a catchy tune and nowhere near as mawkish as, say, "Martha My Dear," but this was the straw that broke the camel's back. If you had to pin one song on the break-up, this would be it. For all that, I think it is a brilliant production, way, way ahead of its time with the use of synthesizers and sound effects.