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“This is the record that ripped open the rock ‘n’ roll bass. It's a benchmark album in so many important ways, but particularly for Paul McCartney's bass playing, which is such a thing of beauty here. We're all still trying to hit even close to what he did on Sgt. Pepper – and you know, good luck to all of us! [Laughs]
Basically, it's the result of a guy who was very competitive, because Liverpudlians are very competitive by nature. Now, genius Liverpudlians hanging out with other genius Liverpudlians – hey, they take competition to a whole new level.
When you get a guy like Paul, who’s been this screamingly talented guitar player, and you get him on the bass on a song like With A Little Help From My Friends – which has very simple changes, by the way; it's not that it's overly complex, but of course, it's beautiful – he could probably just play the roots and it would be enough for most guys. But you get him in the studio when everybody else has gone home, and some other shit is going to go on. Stuff is going to change.
“Revolver is up there, too, but with Sgt. Pepper, there was so much put into those after-hours bass sessions. It’s Paul’s coming-out party as a bass player, and it’s simply spectacular.”