It was George Harrison who said '' the world went Beatles mad and then blamed us when it all got to crazy '' . John Lennons '' we are bigger then Jesus '' quote didn't do them any favors but they were taken out of context to what he meant and if anything , made people question society's values back then which most likely would have been challenged anyway in some other way shape or form .At least we know now that religion ( to many millions ) is now the exception rather than the rule .
I liked George's sentiments before he died about the best album he wrote/played on. He stated that it was 'Brainwashed', a project that he finished with his son Dhani.
I suppose it meant the most for him. Class act of a man.
George was the one who hated Beatlemania more then the others and also found it hard being the 3rd class passenger in the Beatles when it came to songwriting dues on albums ,even if it was the John and Paul combo partnership which got them to the ''toppermost of the poppermost '' . He was most paroniod about death threats after Lennon was shot and shame that his security let him down when he most needed it .
That's a load of rubbish. A simple google search of 'Beatles effect on society' will yield you 49,900,000 results. They have analyzed over and over again with a fine tooth comb and their impact on and contribution to wider society has been debated at length.
Was looking at some of the "Paul is dead" stuff on Youtube last night. Bizarre that anyone could give this stuff credence. One simple thing will tell you it's nonsense. We're supposed to believe that that they got in a doppelganger who was capable of writing (among other things) Hey Jude, Let it Be, The Long and Winding Road (and Maxwells Silver Hammer) Yeah, sure.
I would have loved to be at the recording of You Know my name, Look up the Number.
I would love to have been at the recording of their very first album, Please Please Me and watch Lennon & McCartney,George ,Ringo , George Martin and Geoff Emerick make musical history . It would be amazing watching Martins influence on the band and listen to Lennon screaming on Twist and Shout like he does .
I like The Beatles
I had the privilege to be invited into the Abbey Road studios about 7 years ago. The daughter of a friend of mine was launching an album (her career fizzled and is on hold for a while). Her record label at the time - Blue Note, I think - managed to 'book' one of the small theatres there. Being a Beatles fan for many years, I'd hoped to see some memorabilia, but that particular part of the building is off-limits, so I got to see nothing remotely associated with the Beatles. The building itself is like the Tardis.....when you get inside its massive (the parts I DID see). Anyway, I was still thrilled to be there.
I love the music, mostly, and like many others here, my favourites would change with the mood. This morning its 'here, there and everywhere'.
Good doc about The Beatles focusing on the "Magical Mystery Tour" film on the BBC4. It was shown Saturday night, will most likely be repeated. Contributions from McCartney, Ringo, Martin Scorsese and Peter Fonda among others.
Anyone else feel the way I do? I'm an avid Beatles fan, love their music and remain in a state of awe at how they managed to produce such a vast amount of amazing music in the space of about 9 years BUT i can barely listen to any of their post-Beatles solo work. I love John Lennon's Beatles work but the only solo songs i like are Imagine and Jealous guy. As far as i'm concerned Paul McCartney hasn't written a decent song since 1970, George had one or two nice songs and i think Ringo had the right idea doing Thomas the Tank Engine.
This really all came to me this evening when i watched a concert of John Lennon with the Plastic Ono Band in 1972 in Madison Square Garden, John's last full concert. The concert was actually rubbish and i really had to struggle to not change the channel.
I just find it strange that people who were such amazing songwriters collectively could produce so little good music as solo artists or collarborating with others. Anyone else agree or am i being unfair to Wings and Lennon's solo stuff?
I agree. Maybe they only worked well as a foursome.
Can't agree I'm afraid. Sure, Paul had a few poor patches (Ram) but have you not heard Band on the Run or Tug of War? (Nobody even knows about the latter) They are awesome! As for Lennon, just because his music wasn't amazingly commercially successful doesn't mean it wasn't fantastic music! The Plastic Ono album and Imagine were awesome, and I personally love Walls and Bridges.
As for Harrison, All Things Must Pass is an absolute work of art. And I can't quite name the album but that country album that Ringo released was actually quite good, too.
Some of Lennons solo work matches the Beatles imo