Any Beatles fans here?

Redmires posted:

 And thank goodness they had the sense to end when they did and to never reform.

I agree they had good sense to go their separate ways at the right time; Abbey Road the epitome of a swansong album. That said I do very much enjoy the Anthology series, music and DVDs, and thought the included new singles "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love" (25 years after disbanding and 15 years after Lennon's death) were very classy and very Beatle-esque.

Now we're going through the re-issues/remarketing of the of the albums. I haven't bought the latest Sgt Pepper, but The White album (I have to suspect it's ensuing) holds interest for me. I wouldn't mind hearing a double album of outtakes, song developments, and studio conversations from those sessions.

joerand posted:
Redmires posted:

 And thank goodness they had the sense to end when they did and to never reform.

I agree they had good sense to go their separate ways at the right time; Abbey Road the epitome of a swansong album. That said I do very much enjoy the Anthology series, music and DVDs, and thought the included new singles "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love" (25 years after disbanding and 15 years after Lennon's death) were very classy and very Beatle-esque.

Now we're going through the re-issues/remarketing of the of the albums. I haven't bought the latest Sgt Pepper, but The White album (I have to suspect it's ensuing) holds interest for me. I wouldn't mind hearing a double album of outtakes, song developments, and studio conversations from those sessions.

I don't think they had the 'good sense' to go their separate ways, they were not able to continue due to the fact they fell out, big time.

In fact most of their last work was recorded separately, using various session musicians.... Ect ect

It's almost par for the course, after living in each others pockets for so many years, that their individual genius would eventually cause a falling out, also throw the eccentric yoko ono into the mix....

That said, after going their separate ways,  they all apart from Ringo, produced some superb music....which is still current, relevant, and music I listen to all the time...

Nobody mentioned Please Please Me.

For me, a brilliant first album. Less produced sounding and less double tracking than some of the follow up stuff.

There are also a few vocal fluffs from Lennon noticeably, giving it a more spontaneous live feel and the youthful energy of the music Is quite palpable. 

If you were brought up in an era  of black and white tv when there were no videos,  no computer games, no smartphones, no social media etc etc  but plenty of fags (cough cough) then the Beatles were like fresh air.

It still amazes me how many hit songs they wrote and how thick and fast they were released in that sixties era.

Take That could never compete!

 

cheeselet posted:

Nobody mentioned Please Please Me.

For me, a brilliant first album. Less produced sounding and less double tracking than some of the follow up stuff.

There are also a few vocal fluffs from Lennon noticeably, giving it a more spontaneous live feel and the youthful energy of the music Is quite palpable. 

If you were brought up in an era  of black and white tv when there were no videos,  no computer games, no smartphones, no social media etc etc  but plenty of fags (cough cough) then the Beatles were like fresh air.

It still amazes me how many hit songs they wrote and how thick and fast they were released in that sixties era.

Take That could never compete!

 

Agree with those sentiments ....

as regards the band you mentioned at the end of your comments, I'm not going to repeat the name for fear of being moderated and possibly banned from this forum permanently... ......which should be the punishment for uttering the name let alone putting it in print .......but in comparison to the greatest band that have ever lived,  they are as exciting as a case of poorly made rice cakes.....

wenger2015 posted:
joerand posted:
Redmires posted:

 And thank goodness they had the sense to end when they did and to never reform.

 

I don't think they had the 'good sense' to go their separate ways, they were not able to continue due to the fact they fell out, big time.

Every band that ever was fell out, big time at points in their career but The Beatles never made the mistake of carrying on after their prime or reforming. Lennon, as early as 1963, stated that he wouldn't be playing "She Loves You" when he was 30. Very few, be it in music, sport,acting or in any walk of life go out at the very top. They left us all wanting more ....

"When you get to the top, there is nowhere to go but down, but the Beatles could not get down. There they remain, unreachable, frozen, fabulous."

Philip Larkin

Wenger - I know what you are saying about Ringo, and I agree, but his one anomaly was "It Don't Come Easy" which stands as a strong piece of work with any post Beatles solo work - actually, that whole album is pretty much his one moment of post-Beatles quality.

wenger2015 posted:
That said, after going their separate ways,  they all apart from Ringo, produced some superb music....which is still current, relevant, and music I listen to all the time...

I believe a strong argument could be made that 1973's "Ringo" is the strongest post Beatles release by any of the ex-members. A bunch of top ten hits (Photograph, It don't come easy, Oh my my and You're sixteen), the presence of all his former former bandmates on different songs, well chosen covers, originals and a top-flight band. It has a consistency of quality the others miss.

The only solo album that is a par would be Band on the Run (come on everyone skips the jam sides on All things must pass... as for Imagine and Plastic Ono -primal scream therapy anyone?). Granted he never hit the heights again and to some extent this is lightening in a bottle, but it is, was and remains superb. All IMO.

regards,

 

Giles

DrMark posted:

Wenger - I know what you are saying about Ringo, and I agree, but his one anomaly was "It Don't Come Easy" which stands as a strong piece of work with any post Beatles solo work - actually, that whole album is pretty much his one moment of post-Beatles quality.

Yes, I agree, his one moment of quality.

Bluebeard posted:
wenger2015 posted:
That said, after going their separate ways,  they all apart from Ringo, produced some superb music....which is still current, relevant, and music I listen to all the time...

I believe a strong argument could be made that 1973's "Ringo" is the strongest post Beatles release by any of the ex-members. A bunch of top ten hits (Photograph, It don't come easy, Oh my my and You're sixteen), the presence of all his former former bandmates on different songs, well chosen covers, originals and a top-flight band. It has a consistency of quality the others miss.

The only solo album that is a par would be Band on the Run (come on everyone skips the jam sides on All things must pass... as for Imagine and Plastic Ono -primal scream therapy anyone?). Granted he never hit the heights again and to some extent this is lightening in a bottle, but it is, was and remains superb. All IMO.

regards,

 

Giles

I have the album on vinyl, it is as you say his best work. He was probably a little unfortunate in that it was released at the same time as Band on the Run, which took the limelight. 

Apparently his very latest album has strong reviews, but I have not heard it myself. 

Ringo is all about FUN, not chasing the charts.  He puts together tours and they all get to show off their best pieces.  I have numerous George albums and he was having fun too but only a couple really good songs on each.  I think Cloud Nine was decent, certainly had one great hit for MTV.  He had an incredible life tho, and as a friend said it was cool that some of his rock songs had a spiritual quality.  I always loved "Within You and Without You" on Sgt Pepper when nobody else liked it. The lyrics are really interesting the way they flip around and have a deeper meditative meaning.

Ringo was excellent with the drum sticks, but as a song writer he was and is somewhat Limited,  I seem to remember a song called Octopus's Garden possibly on the Abbey road album, certainly a jolly tune but that's about it...

As for George..... he wrote some classic songs, eg Here comes the Sun, Something, My sweet lord, While my guitar gently weeps.

I think George's contribution to the Band was sadly somewhat underrated ....

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