257 – The Beatles – Penny Lane(1967)
Written by Lennon & McCartney
Produced by George Martin
Label – Parlophone
The sense of creative rivalry between Paul McCartney and John Lennon would never be more vivid than on the double A single which featured “Strawberry Fields Forever”. Whilst Lennon’s view of his youth and hometown was veiled in a thick gloss of kaleidoscopic surrealism, McCartney’s portrayal highlighted the everyday mundanity of barber’s shops and firemen’s engines. The music combines one of his best pop melodies with a multi-faceted arrangement, and vitally, that inspired David Mason piccolo trumpet solo.