- Paul commandeered the group into making the MMT movie and EP. Yes the music was top notch, and John provided perhaps one of his finest moments with "I Am The Walrus". But it was clearly Paul's brainchild and the other three were just along for the ride. It is possible that John's resentment of Paul's attempts to lead the group had been building since "Sgt Pepper's".
- John's heyday for getting singles A-sides were on the wain. "Strawberry Fields" in early 1967 had to share double-A side status with "Penny Lane". Totally understandable as both songs are revolutionary, but still John did not get full A-side credit. So that leaves "All You Need Is Love" in the summer as John's last A-side until mid-1969.
- John hated "Hello Goodbye" and has been quoted trashing Paul's lyrics. He also was pushing to make "I Am The Walrus" as the A-side. I should note that I love "Hello Goodbye" for its sunshine pop and the clever production, but regardless it was another put down for John to see Paul get another A-side.
- During the short recording windows before they left for India in early 1968, the band worked on "Lady Madonna" and "Across the Universe". John contended that Paul purposely undercut him by bringing in a couple of young ladies off the street to sing backup vocals on "Across the Universe". Although I greatly prefer this original version, which only saw the light of day on a charity album until it reappeared on the "Rarities" LP in the 80s, I can see John's point that the vocals add nothing to the song and the singers are less than stellar. Later after the Beatles break-up Paul was quoted complaining about Phil Spector's work on "Let It Be", in part because he added female chorus voices to a Beatles song! Now that was a twist.
- The day the band was set to record a video for the new "Lady Madonna" single, John arrived in the studio with a new song "Hey Bulldog" - and the band decided to film themselves recording it instead, although the official video superimposed LM on the audio track. HB is a cracker-jack piece of rock and roll and should never have been relegated as a toss-off for inclusion on the "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack.
While the Beatles were off in India two more singles should have been issued. "Hey Bulldog" b/w "It's All Too Much" as a follow up to "Lady Madonna". I say follow up one rocker with another! Then early summer, before "Hey Jude" conquers the universe, "Across The Universe" b/w "All Together Now" would have given light to perhaps the most beautiful, touching, and spiritual song that John ever wrote. It would have required wiping the female harmony vocals but Geoff E. and George M. would have been up to the task, and possibly could have added a minimal string arrangement in its place.
Would all of this had made a difference? Would John have been pacified enough to prevent him from instilling Yoko at every recording session going forward, thus removing one of the major hindrances to the working relationship between the four Beatles? Totally unknowable but I do believe that it might have bought more time before the eventual split. That said, I love "Abbey Road" so much that I am afraid a different path might have resulted in it never being made.
Anyway, here is the unofficial video for "Hey Bulldog" - which as you can see is what they were actually singing/recording, not "Lady Madonna". This song just kills me. And Paul's bass line is just amazing.