Production, lyrics and vibe-wise, Dear Prudence (the 2nd cut off of the Beatles’ White Album) has got to be the best song ever. At least for this record. I always was a John Lennon fan. I mean he is the cutest Beatle, right? I seem to never get sick of that cut. That repeating guitar in the right channel is stellar. And Ringo’s crash cymbal at the end of the first verse is so wild and overwhelming sonically. And the tamborine in the left channel that hits sporadically. You just simply can’t beat music like this. Oh and George Harrison’s lead in the left channel during the bridge. Damn. And to top it off the hand claps during the quasi-coda. I think any sort of hand claps can make or break a song. And quite often, make it. Heck, I can’t think of a song with hand claps that suffers from it. Ideas?
Ack. I can’t help myself.
A year or so ago you might remember when DJ Danger Mouse did the Gray Album by mixing the Beatles’ White Album with Jay-Z’s the Black Album. An interesting idea, I thought at the time. However I wish it was more creatively executed.
It appears this was attempted again with Portishead’s Dummy simply titled, “Portishead Remixed Dumb“. It’s much more a new remix creation than a simple blending of two records. I really think this record yields interesting remix interpretations. Hardly revolutionary, but this definitely breathes new light to these older gems that have since collected a layer of dust. Above all, I find the production of most electronic and remix music fascinating and would love to sit on the shoulder of one of these remix kids. Check it out if you enjoyed Dummy and/or electronic music. A notable sample is the “shoooook” sample from The Beatles’ “Come Together” – Nicely placed and/or perhaps a nod to DJ Danger Mouse.
PS. It is funny in the liner notes of this record the creators write, “We’re Sorry.”