A new Beatles compilation titled Tomorrow Never Knows is being released exclusively on iTunes today. The set contains 14 of the Fab Four's "most powerful rock songs," from "Paperback Writer" and "Back in the USSR" to "It's All Too Much" and "Savoy Truffle." A promo film for the track "Hey Bulldog" will also be available to stream for free or download.
To mark the release, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl penned a note that will be posted with the set on iTunes. In it, he writes about the impact that the Beatles have had on him throughout his life, especially with the track "Hey Bulldog." You can read the note in its entirety below:
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.
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