Originally Posted by Betterread
See Emily Play and Arnold Layne are very cool British 60's psychedelia singles.
Nice mention of brain salad surgery. I loved that album as a teenager - especially the Karn Evil tracks. If you think about it, music with the keyboard solos and technical instrumental proficience that ELP and Yes made might not be duplicated for a long time. With the advent of computer driven sequencers and programming, the days of keyboard "wizards" like Emerson and Wakeman exist only in memory. Their advocacy of classical music pieces do live on in tracks like "adagio for strings" (originally written by Samul Barber) that is a techno anthem adapted by multiple artists.
I've been reading a couple books on the Beatles, and especially McCartney, as of late.
One of my favorite songs was "Tomorrow Never Knows".
Lennon is credited with the lyrics, which I had always heard was inspired by The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (or at least Timothy Leary's acid-induced version of it).
But what I didn't know was McCartney's huge interest in London's electronic and avant/garde music scene during the mid-'60 in London, and that he even prepared the tape loops and effects for this song.
It was Paul (the "cute one"), and not Lennon, who could be seen spending loads of time at the various clubs and galleries that were instrumental to the psychedelic (underground) scene.