Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: In interviews through the years, Leonard Cohen has mentioned a handful of specific songs he favors. Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox is a Heck Of A Guy feature playing those tunes for your edification and entertainment.
A recent post, How The Beatles Changed The World – With Final Word By Leonard Cohen, focused on Leonard Cohen’s comment about the influence the Beatles had on culture in general. During his brief elaboration, Cohen mentions that he has listened to the Beatles on “the AM band” of his transistor radio and specifically describes “Tomorrow Never Knows” as “very, very beautiful.”
“Tomorrow Never Knows” – Background
Wikipedia informs us,
“Tomorrow Never Knows” is the final track of The Beatles’ 1966 studio album Revolver. It is credited as a Lennon/McCartney song, but was written primarily by John Lennon.
The song is significant because it contains the first example of a vocal being put through a Leslie speaker cabinet (which was normally used as a loudspeaker for a Hammond organ) and the use of an ADT system (Automatic double-tracking) to double the vocal image.
“Tomorrow Never Knows” ends the Revolver album in a more experimental fashion than earlier records, which contributed to Revolver’s reputation as one of the group’s most influential and expressive albums.
The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows
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Credit Due Department: Adrian du Plessis, Allison Crowe’s business manager, originally alerted me to the rebroadcast of “How The Beatles Changed The World” and the Cohen finale of the program.