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Your winner with an over-riding 26% of the vote is Sgt. Pepper’s closing masterpiece, A Day In The Life. The combination of Lennon’s haunting verses, McCartney’s escapist bridge and the psychedelic crescendo illustrates perfectly what The Fab Four were capable of in terms of songwriting partnerships and LSD-fuelled studio experimentation.
A Day In The Life is, quite simply, perfect.
“Day in the Life! Lyrically, compositionally, has no peer in rock. Stands up to interpretation (check out Jeff Beck’s version), and reflects universal experiences and diverse influences (straight rock, pop, arcane orchestral chords). Give it up to this one.” (From Dave and Rose via email, thanks)
“A Day In The Life wins it for me, but there are so many gems to choose from - help! (did ya see what I did there?) ;-).” (Thanks, Guitarbug)
“Best how? Best chord sequence? Best production? Best use of technology? Best solo? There are just too many contenders! That said, can I vote for "A Day In The Life" but played by Jeff Beck, please? If not, "Something" is one my all-time favourites. Or "Revolution"... Or "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"... Or "Taxman"... Or "Paperback Writer"... Or... (Thanks, ross4973, but you can’t have the Jeff Beck version!)