Imagine this: it's many, many years from now and humanity has colonized other inhabitable planets in the galaxy. An archaeological expedition has been organized by some future educational institution to return to the Earth, the mother planet of the spacefaring human race. It's been uninhabitable and abandoned for a long time, but still contains the occasional item of interest for those willing to sort through the rubble.
On this particular trip, the mission returns with only one acquisition: a flat, black, 7 inch disc. It seems to serve no purpose, but an ancient history professor identifies it for what it is: a portable sound storage device. Soon, technicians discover how to get the sound out of each groove cut into each side of the disc, and the researchers gather round to hear the ancient music emanating from the artifact. The look at the spinning picture of the green organic edible that decorates the affixed label and puzzle over the still readable large print – The BEATLES.
Like I said – imaginary. But the question here is simply this: If there were only two Beatles' song left to represent the best humanity had to offer in the popular music of the late 20th / early 21st century, which would you want them to be?
My personal choice for a 45 rpm double A side single would be "Strawberry Fields Forever" b/w "Hey Jude." I figure they pretty much cover all the bases when it comes to sampling the best things the Beatles ever did in terms of production, playing, writing, melody, harmony, arranging, and studio mastery. "A Day in the Life" is only excluded so there could be a Paul vocal and an example of a relative stripped down production as opposed to only showcasing the studio complexity of the Sgt. Pepper era.
Aw, heck – it's my imaginary scenario – let's make it a 12 inch EP with three songs on it. But I'm not going to go for a full length album – we'll be here for months trying to sort that one out. Let's leave our imaginary future descendants in their laboratory on some planet in some distant star system pondering if and how their world will change now that they've rediscovered the art of their ancestors. Now, if they can just figure out if that green piece of fruit on the label is a strawberry, and what would you do with a field of them.Powered by Sidelines