A new Beatles compilation celebrating the Fab Four’s “most powerful rock songs,” titled Tomorrow Never Knows, hits iTunes exclusively today (July 24). Though there’s obviously no new music here, the album’s digital packaging does include a new note from Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters frontman, former Nirvana drummer, all-around guitar hero and apparently, a Beatles obsessive.
Those who saw this year’s Grammy Awards shouldn’t be terribly surprised to hear that Grohl chooses the Beatles over the Stones. It was at that awards show that he joined Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Joe Walsh for a hard-rocking rendition of “The End,” a song that closed off Abbey Road and also closes out this new compilation (with the version from Anthology 3).
In addition to “The End,” Tomorrow Never Knows includes: “Revolution,” “Paperback Writer,” “And Your Bird Can Sing,” “Helter Skelter,” “Savoy Truffle,” “I’m Down,” “I’ve Got A Feeling” (Let It Be Naked version), “Back In The U.S.S.R.”, “You Can’t Do That,” “It’s All Too Much,” “She Said She Said” and “Hey Bulldog.”
It seems “Hey Bulldog,” a video for which is included with Tomorrow Never Knows, is among Grohl’s Beatles favorites. Read Grohl’s full note below, in which he calls The Beatles “the most important rock band of all time.”
If it weren’t for The Beatles, I would not be a musician. It’s as simple as that. From a very young age I became fascinated with their songs, and over the years have drowned myself in the depth of their catalogue. Their groove and their swagger. Their grace and their beauty. Their dark and their light. The Beatles seemed to be capable of anything. They knew no boundaries, and in that freedom they seemed to define what we now know today as ‘Rock and Roll.’
Recently I showed my 6-year-old daughter, Violet, the brilliant Yellow Submarine movie. It was her introduction to The Beatles, and she instantly shared the same fascination I felt when I was her age discovering The Beatles for the first time. She wanted to know their names, which instruments they played, who sang what song, etc etc etc….it made me so incredibly happy (and proud!). Within days she knew the verses and choruses to every song on the album. But, there was one song that stood out for her….
‘”Hey Bulldog” is not one of The Beatles’ greatest hits. It’s what most people would consider a ‘deep cut.’ But it is a quintessential Beatles rocker. The rolling bass line, the trademark Ringo drum fills, the gritty distorted guitar, and that sound that only the back of Lennon’s throat could produce. It stomps. It grooves. It makes your head bob. It makes your hips shake. When Lennon sings, ‘If you’re lonely you can talk to me!’ it soothes your heart, like you’ve finally found something to believe in. It’s so raw and real. It is 100% timeless Rock and Roll…
From one generation to the next, The Beatles will remain the most important rock band of all time.
Just ask Violet.
– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local