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Come Together
by The Beatles
Could be my favorite Beatles rock song and since I Am the Walrus is already posted here twice. Opening track on Abbey Road, the flip side to "Something" criticized for being gimmicky (using studio tricks not easily replicated live) and also hailed as perhaps one of the best Beatles records. Lennon wrote this inspired by Timothy Leary (yes the LSD Doctor) during his run for Gov. of California (Ronald Reagan won) and Leary was jailed for marijuana. Abbey Road sold 4 million copies in 2 months following its release in 1969.

Lennon played rhythm guitar and sang the vocal, McCartney played bass, Harrison played lead guitar, and Starr played drums. It was produced by George Martin and recorded at the end of July 1969 at Abbey Road Studios. In the intro, Lennon says: "shoot me", which is accompanied by his handclaps and McCartney's heavy bass riff. The famous Beatles' "walrus" from "I Am the Walrus" and "Glass Onion" returns in the line "he got walrus gumboot", followed by "he got Ono sideboard". Bluesman Muddy Waters is also mentioned in the song.

Lawsuit/Further information: Roots: John Lennon Sings The Great Rock & Roll Hits
In 1973, "Come Together" was the subject of a lawsuit brought against Lennon by Big Seven Music Corp. (owned by Morris Levy) who was the publisher of Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me". Levy contended that it sounded similar musically to Berry's original and shared some lyrics (Lennon sang "Here come ol' flattop, he come groovin' up slowly" and Berry's had sung "Here come a flattop, he was movin' up with me"). Before recording, Lennon and McCartney deliberately slowed the song down and added a heavy bass riff in order to make the song more original. After settling out of court, Lennon promised to record three other songs owned by Levy. A primitive version of "Ya Ya" with Lennon and his son Julian was released on the album Walls and Bridges in 1974. "You Can't Catch Me" and another version of "Ya Ya" were released on Lennon's 1975 album Rock 'n' Roll, but the third, "Angel Baby", remained unreleased until after Lennon's death. Levy again sued Lennon for breach of contract, and was eventually awarded $6,795. Lennon countersued after Levy released an album of Lennon material using tapes that were in his possession and was eventually awarded $84,912.96. The album was called Roots.

......and the cycle of life IS repeated... :)
1969 - Apple Records/Parlophone (UK) Capitol (US) - United Kingdom
Posted: 19th October 2015
"everything is borrowed" ~Mike Skinner
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