Harrison’s lush “Something” is his most direct and “big”-sounding song yet, and clearly points the way to the following year’s All Things Must Pass album. At this stage in the game, Lennon was a back-to-basics junkie and McCartney was interested in cute (though oft-successful) stylistic exercises; Harrison was focused and had the grandest songwriting aspirations of the three as the Beatles wound down (or perhaps just a whole lotta songs stored up and an artistic chip on his shoulder). To his credit, though, Lennon contributes the other side of this single, and, continuing in his recent rock vein, tosses off a good one: “Come Together” – all sleek, menacing groove and unsettling imagery – is essentially the r’n’r cousin of “I am the Walrus.” Funky electric piano!
Oh, and Ringo’s totally about the toms on both of these songs… praise ye the Lord for that; can rarely go wrong when pitching some fine thumpa-thumpa into the stew. To beat the point to death: That guy’s drumming (and drumsound) was great throughout the band’s career – absolutely the right man for the job – and listening to all these singles back-to-back for weeks has really drilled that into me. Cock an ear drumwards sometime soon and hear what I mean.