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hushnel
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Mar 4th, 2018 10:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They had phenomenal timing, particularly their emergence in the timeline of history. Their working class roots, history, determination and talent as well as the catalog and the bands duration, all together was like a perfect storm. Luck, great management, expert compositions and production techniques the world had never seen before, marketing and the mindset of the target generation all came together in a way that boggles my mind.

I was influenced by them and Elvis to learn how to play starting in 1961, I was 7 or 8. Their early stuff generally was not my favorite, a tune here and their caught my attention. I grew up in a home that was all jazz and big band, I guess I expected a little more edge to the music. By 1964 I was out of the Orchestra setting and playing stuff I considered more soul full, Motown and Soul R&B. In 1965 I was in a band, we covered, probably rather lamely, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Jimi Hendrix, Stones, I can’t recall playing any Beatles. When Sargent Peppers came out I started listening to them a little more seriously. My mother liked them, so I did notice that the band’s music was getting more complex. By the time Abby Road came out the bands I was in covered more and more of their tunes, the band I’m currently in covers three of their songs.

My mother really did like them, as a Cub Scout she had us dress up like the Fab 4 and lip sink to “I Saw Her Standing Their” in front of the whole troop. This might have added to the slight animosity I held for the early version of the band “o) The only album I ever had was St. Pepper’s and I lost it in Hurricane Andrew, it was recorded on Polydor, it was a continual cut, no spaces on the disk between the tunes. Purchased the day it came out while we were in living in Wiesbaden Germany.

At the University of Pittsburgh I was a DJ at the Bradford Campus playing the second side of St. Pepper’s. When I switched to turntable #2 for the next tune in que, the needle on turntable #1 came to the end of the track. I heard what sounded like a reversed segment, I turned off the turntables motor and spun it backwards and as clear as day I heard John say “ I wish I had some of Maggie’s soup” strange, too bad I lost that record.

rok-a-bill-e
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Mar 4th, 2018 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

American music needed derailing, imo. The Rock and Roll era was over and the airways were filled with smarmy pop songs, commercial folk singers, and silly surfer/hot rod dreck. Elvis was already a joke. There was great music being made in the R&B/Soul world, and in the Country Music world, but those two genres were far from the mainstream in the early 60s.

saturn
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Back In The UK!

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Mar 4th, 2018 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Charlie Macon>

Truly another planet. Something well beyond this realm.

Beyond my understanding at least.

Like Chris, I don't listen to them so much.

Thankfully, that gives me a chance to be shocked by their brilliance over and over.

henrycat
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He said he was a wit. He was half right.
Mar 5th, 2018 08:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1 to what hushnel and rok-a-bill-e said. I started listening to rock music in the 1950's. I think that is a pre-requisite to fully appreciate the Beatles and George Martin's combined talents.They were just as good live as they were on the records prior to Sgt. Pepper. I distinctly
remember Paul McCartney's performance of "Yesterday" on the Ed Sullivan Show......all alone on stage with millions of viewers and he totally nails the song. I believe he still has that Gibson guitar.

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Mar 5th, 2018 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Let's compare them to their chief competition,the Dave Clark 5.

The Dave Clark Five had 17 records in the Top 40 of the US Billboard chart and 12 Top 40 hits in their native UK between 1964 and 1967. The Dave Clark Five was the first British band of the British Invasion to tour the US, and they made 18 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show – the most of any British Invasion group.

It seemed as if the Beatles were able to keep changing gears leaving the Dave Clark 5 in the dust as they were still in 1st gear.

The Dave Clark who?

HenryJ
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Mar 5th, 2018 08:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Saturn:" Look at a band like The Who. All of them are superb at what they do, possibly amongst the best ever.

The Beatles were not like that, the musicianship was secondary to their purpose."

I remember reading, in 1964, in I believe it was Look Magazine (may have been Sat. Evening Post or Life) that someone asked John Lennon if the Beatles considered themselves good musicians. He said "We're adequate."

stl80
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stl80
Mar 5th, 2018 08:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I watched "Good Ole Freda" last night. Recommended.
Jim

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Bogue Falaya River

is STILL dark and cold.
Mar 5th, 2018 09:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good ole Freda was interesting.

johnny1111
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Mar 5th, 2018 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What Gato said. If you hit the time curve right, The Beatles were bigger than life. Without George Martin, I don't think The Beatles would have broke out like they did. George taught them how to listen and record optimally. My desert island album will always be "Who's Next. But close behind at #2 is the White Album.

El Kabong
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A-Ahhl do the thinnin' around here!
Mar 5th, 2018 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My mom got 'Meet the Beatles' whein it came out in 1964. She also got 'Elvis Presley' in 1956 (before my time). She always had some pop station on the radio in the kitchen. She is primarily responsible for my love of rock music.

Of course she liked some stuff I couldn't stand. Like Bobby Goldsboro's 1968 album 'Honey'. Whenever she played that, I needed a bucket.

Dad got Johnny Cash's first album in 1957. On Quality records, a Canadian company that had the rights to distribute Sun records in Canada.
Dad is from Canada, but moved her and joined the US Air Force in 1951.

My parents did have some good taste.

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Mar 5th, 2018 02:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You just about couldn't live through the mid-1960s in an industrialized country and not be exposed to the Beatles.

My parents exposed me to classical music from an early age. My brother listened to R&R and jazz. I listened to R&R, country and gospel on my little AM table radio at night and rock/pop every weekday on the school bus going to/from school grades 2-12. First rock songs that caught my ear were Elvis' "Heartbreak Hotel" and Buddy Hollie's "Peggy Sue".

When I first heard Howlin' Wolf as a high schooler, I thought I'd been hit in the head with a shovel.

HenryJ
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Bogue Falaya River

is STILL dark and cold.
Mar 5th, 2018 03:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got to see the Beatles live in 1966. August 19, Memphis, TN.

henrycat
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He said he was a wit. He was half right.
Mar 5th, 2018 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

El Kabong.......I have a copy of that 1957 Johnny Cash album. It was the first one I ever bought.{:>}

Doc Sarvis
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Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Mar 5th, 2018 05:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One of my favorite party tricks is to play "I've got a feeling" and make up words as I go along to fit the setting. At some point I get in trouble and have to stop!

BbendFender
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About as ordinary as you can get.
Mar 5th, 2018 05:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have always liked the Beatles. I was a freshman in HS when they came to the US.

Buddy Holly influenced the Beatles and the Beatles influenced everybody else.

stl80
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stl80
Mar 6th, 2018 08:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I started playing guitar because of The Ventures and continued because of The Beatles.

Thank You.
Jim

El Kabong
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NJArmpit of Universe

A-Ahhl do the thinnin' around here!
Mar 6th, 2018 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I've got a feeling
I'm gonna pick my nose, oh yeah!"

bongo122819
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All I need is one more guitar
Mar 7th, 2018 01:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Take your guitar and try playing Day Tripper as a laid back shuffle or try She Loves You as a spacy ballad.
The songwriting is remarkable and timeless.

stl80
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stl80
Mar 8th, 2018 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm pretty sure that I bought the first copy of Meet the Beatles in Missoula, Montana.
Jim

wborys
OldFartBassPlayerWalt

Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Mar 8th, 2018 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

for me, it was a perfect storm- music innovation, a pop culture in need of revitalization, and a feeling of revolution in government, art, education, fashion and religion.

It hit me at a perfect time, when I was a 13 year old coming into adulthood. I became a guitarist because of them. The music is so burned into my synapses that all cognitive functioning stops whenever I hear a song...

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