Tox Tunes #6 – Doctor Robert (The Beatles)

February 7, 2010, 2:56 pm

“Doctor Robert” was recorded on April 17 and 19, 1966. According to Ian MacDonald’s hugely informative book Revolution in the Head: The Beatles’ Records and the Sixties:

“Concerning a New York doctor who habituated his socialite clients to narcotics by mixing methedrine with vitamin shots, the song shifts key evasively, stabilizing only in its middle eight – an evangelical sales-pitch backed by pious harmonium and warbling choirboys. Lennon’s caustic vocal, recorded with ADT and split across the stereo spectrum, is matched by McCartney’s huckstering harmony in fourths (‘he’s a man you must believe”) and by Harrison’s double-tracked guitar, with its unique blend of sitar and country-and-western.”

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