“I’m Down” – The Beatles

Recorded during the same 1965 session as “Yesterday,” “I’m Down” is in my opinion, the Beatles’ best flat-out rocker and the best B-side of all-time.  Yes, “Revolution” and “Helter Skelter” may sound “heavier,” but “I’m Down” is much more ferocious in terms of speed and attitude.  McCartney tries to out “Little Richard” Little Richard here and he comes really damn close to achieving his goal.  A phenomenal tune that again … shockingly … was merely the B-side to “Help” and wasn’t included on a proper album until the late 1970s, when it appeared on their “Rock n’ Roll Music” compilation.

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“Brown Sugar” – Little Richard

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Seriously, please turn your irony detectors to “stun.” I’m not about to point out every point of strangeness about this cover. Everything you could begin to say about this has already been thought of by yours truly. And I would say you’re absolutely right, but I can’t quite hear you, because this cover is so damn awesome. Recorded during Little Richard’s severely underrated late 1960s-early 1970s Reprise Records period.