Tuesday, 15 September 2009

The Beatles - Helter Skelter

Album The Beatles [The White Album] (Apple, 1968) Chart pos: N/A

I’ve got blisters on me fingers.

One of the Beatles most famous album tracks, but mostly well known for inspiring a hippie sociopath to associate the name of a amusement park slide as a synonym of race war. The song conceived by Paul McCartney after a boast by Pete Townsend in Melody Maker is arguably the bands finest moment, a song that people mention in the same breath as Hendrix and Cream when describing the genesis of what became heavy metal. On Helter Skelter the guitars sound raw, dirty and thrash along with such ferocity that it borders on proto-thrash metal, far removed from Hendricks’ flowery virtuosity.

Since the Beatles reissue campaign last week there has been much debate as to which version is better, mono or stereo here’s are You Tube videos of both. Its strange how the monaural version despite having more oomph lacks famous the ‘I’ve got blisters on my fingers’ coda and fades out at before the four minute mark. Personally I find it difficult to decide which is better as both have their pro’s and con’s.

The Mono Version

The Stereo Version

Oh and this is for those people who don’t have 200 quid for a mono box set (which is most of us).





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