For as long as I’ve been on the radio, and definitely for as long as I’ve been writing a blog, I will occasionally make a reference to a song being “One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!” (GSER)
I would usually follow that by saying that I would eventually start a category for it, but then never get around to it.
Well, now I’m getting around to it!
It will pretty much follow the pattern of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.
I’ll select a song to celebrate and then give my thoughts about it. Nothing really brand new here that hasn’t been done before. But since I have a website, I can collect them and lay out what my own greatest songs are.
My radio show, “Prime Time Theme Attic,” is on Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET but is on hiatus because of the pandemic.
Here’s the link for when the show returns: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu )
Even though I always emphasize new music and artists, it’s always fun to take a short drive through the legendary artists, since they influenced those other artists!
But a song doesn’t have to be old or done by a legendary Theme Attic Hall of Fame member to be thus honored.
I can think of several songs that are only a few years old or less that I could identify as One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded.
This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey…at least sometimes!
The only song on “With the Beatles,” or “Meet The Beatles” that features John Lennon on harp, harmonica, or mouth organ to use his words, “Little Child” is also one that Lennon and Paul McCartney themselves refer to as “filler.”
Being also the shortest venture clocking in at 1:46, it also arguably captures the band at their most raw and truest form!
And “Little Child” is a wall to wall harmonica romp!
Starting with Lennon’s sedate two chord harmonica intro, the song quickly kicks into gear as soon as McCartney’s piano joins in followed by Ringo Starr‘s cymbal crash and drums, along with Paul’s bass! George Harrison takes a back seat to the rest of the guys.
Lyrically, it’s not Lennon and McCartney at their best, however “Little Child” does contain a lot of one Beatlemania phrase: “come on” is used eight times!
My favorite part of the song is the instrumental harmonica solo where the band gets to jam, joyously unrestrained for twelve bars!
The section sounds totally improvised and is possibly the best example of what The Beatles may have sounded like all of the times they were playing live and not being recorded!
It’s that time in a band where everyone is tapping into a “collective brain” and experiencing the same feelings!
“Meet The Beatles!” is the first album that I ever owned!
I received it as a birthday present from my oldest brother and sister-in-law.
As a little kid, one thing my brother did teach me was how to handle records so that I wouldn’t damage or scratch them.
However, I played that first album so much that it did develop a couple of skips. Sadly, one of them was on “Little Child.”
Even though that album has been replaced many times over the years, that skip is ingrained in my brain, and I still expect to hear it!
One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “Little Child” by The Beatles!!!
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