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Paul McCartney Finally Doing Something Awesome With Old Beatles Gear


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Paul McCartney is embarking on a new project that sounds pretty awesome: Repairing the pair of machines that built the tape loops on the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" and using them to create new music. "We're having trouble finding spare parts," McCartney told Wired. But my man Eddie Klein, who works in my studio and is an old Abbey Road guy, is a real boffin and has got the machines working again." Let's just presume "boffin" is a compliment.

"Tomorrow Never Knows" is the song that single-handedly ushered the Fab Four from their "She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah" days into their groundbreaking psychedelic era. Much of Revolver is straight-up pop songs like "Good Day Sunshine" and "Got to Get You Into My Life," but the album's closing track and it's emphasis on electronic music and musique concrete set the table and prepared listeners for future experiments on Sgt. Pepper's and The White Album. Over the course of its three minutes, you could actually hear rock music advancing 30 years. If somehow you've never heard this song, educate yourself immediately:

As great as this potentially sounds, don't plan on hearing music from this venture anytime soon. "The new project is going to take a couple years," said McCartney, who's currently deep in reissue land. "It's very long-range. I've no idea when it is actually going to happen, but I'm really into it." It's safe to assume this album will not go well with a glass of wine.

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