Nobody needs me to tell them that The Beatles were terrific. However, the more you get into them, the more realize that their big radio hits were just the icing on the cake.
This version of "Helter Skelter" is just mind-blowing in its precision and McCartney's ability to hit just the right tone with an extremely difficult vocal. Add in some terrific guitar work by George Harrison, the right deliberate pacing by Ringo, and Lennon chipping in some nice guitar work as well, and this is quite possibly the most towering Beatles song of them all. When you realize that this was the same time that Paul was working up "Martha My Dear," you realize this is no ordinary talent at all. This is the birth of heavy metal to boot.
Unfortunately, Paul no longer really has the voice for "Helter Skelter," and in any event he rushes it in concert. The White Album version is fine, but this take just blows the album version away. Enjoy this leisurely tour through the song that is spot on, in a pristine recording.