375 – The Beatles – Paperback Writer (1966)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Produced by George Martin
Label – Parlophone
For me this is the foundation for power pop. All the wonderful melodies and vocal harmonies are present as ever, but the delivery is harder, edgier and definitely louder. John Lennon had suggested to Geoff Emerick that the bass had been too low on previous singles, so the engineer enhanced McCartney’s bass lead and set Ringo Starr’s recording microphone one inch from the bass drum. The sound is richer for it, and McCartney’s pleading lyric which some consider a comical jab at Lennon’s writing escapades fits perfectly, as The Beatles continued to explore techniques in recording new sonic dynamics.