7-14-08 The Beatles
After all the record collector type ‘venting’, I thought I would write about an old topic (after all, I am a bit of an old topic myself!)
It becomes increasingly more difficult to think of the members of The Beatles as real people, as opposed to pop culture icons. But mortality helps keep things real – I was saddened by the news of the death of Neil Aspinall, the ‘true’ fifth Beatle. I once sent a telex to him, for Research Video – and he responded!
The CD’s of The Beatles change the way the original records sounded – my recommendation is to not think about The Beatles in the digital era – just remember the way you first encountered them – on an AM radio, or being played on a small, portable stereo system. Did you ever discuss The Beatles with your friends, when you were too young to comprehend ‘the bigger picture’? (That they were all very rich young men etc.)
For people of my generation (am I a post-boomer?), The Beatles were an interesting unifying artistic force. If you were talking to someone young, if they knew about (or liked) The Beatles – they were probably cool. I looked up to my three older siblings – all of them liked The Beatles, and I have always thought all three of them were “OK”.
So, is Ringo going to be the last Beatle standing? I wonder what the ‘betting shops’ in
I’ve been listening to The Beatles for so long that…(comedian joke punch-line). But, seriously – Coming up on 45 years of Beatle fandom. Heard pretty much everything; my favorite album has changed 3 or 4 times. My favorite Beatles’ song has changed 6 or 7 times. My favorite Beatles has changed at least 3 or 4 times.
I like The Beatles’ records better than Elvis Presley or Rolling Stones records. I have a full set of ‘em (on LP and CD; and I’m talkin’ the 13 contiguous albums). The Beatles are at least partially responsible for me being a life-long Anglophile (the other things that ‘made me this way’ are Peter Sellers, “The Prisoner” and “The Avengers”).
I am a big fan of records that sound like The Beatles, but are not The Beatles (think Jackie Lomax “Is This What You Want” LP or Badfinger). I absolutely love cover versions of songs by The Beatles – preferably ones from the time that The Beatles were together. I generally think that The Beatles’ records are better than any of their solo albums (though I do like some of their solo records a lot).
So, I remain a fan. “Beatles or Stones?” Uh, Beatles. Any one of 5 or 6 different Beatles’ LP’s deserves to be revered as the pinnacle of British 60’s pop music – take your pick!
Thanks for the music, boys. And the lifestyle, the legacy etc. And thank you for employing Ronnie Ross (on “Savoy Truffle”!).