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All Things Must Beat. Please share your Beatles stories, comments, insights or anything Beatles!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Rumble Thunder, Jun 10, 2018.


  1. Rumble Thunder

    Rumble Thunder

    Aug 5, 2016
    Kentucky
    I'm a 53 year old dude.
    Although I still play out weekly, I am coming to grips with the fact that Rock music seems basically dead and I am living in a post rock age. I love rock and roll, man!!
    I played with a drummer not too long ago that declared "how much he hated playing rock music" I guess because he thought it was so simple. :bored:
    Well, these events have pushed me back into the Beatles. I am a huge fan anyway but coupled with the fact that many younger musicians view them as ancient, archaic, golden oldies type music, it makes me just want to get into the old albums and talk about them and their records even more. The Beatles were like "magic" back in the day and of course I can't expect the next generations to understand "that particular special time period" but I wondered if anybody else feels like talking about the Beatles.

    Favorite songs, records, album covers, instruments and whatever anybody wants to talk about, I would definitely be interested in reading it.
    To start,
    I was thinking about which Beatle songs were under-rated and wondered which three tunes would be on your list?

    I think I would go with:
    1) Bad Boy
    2) It's Only Love
    3) What You're Doing

    Any thoughts from the bass thumping brethren?
     
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  2. Christine

    Christine Guest

    Aug 3, 2016
    Anything?

    I love everything about the Beatles but if I had to choose a song it would be "Something", to me that's the perfect love song and George was a complete dreamboat.

    My partner was a teacher in Liverpool in the early 60s (lived on Penny Lane) and saw the Beatles when they first started playing in the Cavern, I'm jealous! They were such a revolution at the time, here in the UK we had Rock and Roll, Skiffle and the remnants of that God awful crooning they did back then. Then the Beatles appeared with Love me do, people hated it, comparable to the arrival of Punk in the UK in 75/76. They hardly seem that ground breaking now but at the time it would have shook the establishment to it's core.

    I read recently an interview with John Lennon about the time they met Elvis. Lennon said they were all bricking it waiting to meet him in Graceland, when they were ushered into the room where Elvis was he was sat on the couch, feet up playing a bass (like in that famous photo). It turned out that Elvis was just as nervous meeting them, as they were the "new" thing. I like that about them
     
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  3. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i like 'em. i miss lennon's quips and wit.
     
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  4. Rumble Thunder

    Rumble Thunder

    Aug 5, 2016
    Kentucky
    Loved reading your post!
    I can't imagine actually seeing the Beatles at the cavern.drool
    I'm still wrapping my head around "Love Me Do" being a groundbreaker because that tune has always been in my life from my earliest memories. That song is radically different than doo wop, Chuck Berry RnR, skiffle and crooning though. I am seeing that, now. I'm surprised to hear it was hated like the punk movement. That's very interesting.

    About George: his voice always stood out to me when I was a very little kid...especially "Don't Bother Me and Roll over Beethoven. His voicing is essential to the Lennon McCartney thing and gives the songs an unmistakable Beatle-ly flavor. George had a very distinctive tone.

    I was thinking about my top three Beatle albums and I think I am going to go with:
    1) With the Beatles
    2) Abbey Road
    3) Rubber Soul
     
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  5. wizerd

    wizerd

    Jan 5, 2012
    805
    Prone to ranting, episodes of moral outrage.
    Revolver was the breakout album for me. "I want to Tell You" and "For No One" being the underrated tracks from their catalog. Although some of the music is clearly bubble gum targeted at teenage girls you can't know the impact these guys had unless you lived through it.
     
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  6. Christine

    Christine Guest

    Aug 3, 2016
    I can't imagine it either but they weren't famous then just the buzz band in town at the time much like the Damned and the Pistols were in London in 75/76. I don't think the hate lasted long just the initial first few listening and then you realised this "was" the new sound and it was good
     
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  7. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Always loved “The Word” and “You Won’t See Me” from Rubber Soul.
     
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  8. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    I was 14 when the Beatles arrived in the US and to be honest, at first I thought they were crap, but it didn't take me long to realize how good they were and ultimately how much impact they have. I agree, to really get that, you had to live through it. Rubber Soul and Revolver are probably my favorite and had a lot of impact on me, I started taking guitar lessons, as did a number of my friends, and of course we formed a garage band (actually in the loft of a fabric store a parent owned).

    When Sgt. Pepper came out, we listened to it over and over for more than 6 hours. In the documentary about The Wrecking Crew, it was mentioned that the Beatles made the album in response to The Beach Boys "Pet Sounds" theme album conceived by Brian Wilson.

    I absolutely loved their movies, "A Hard Days Night" and "Help" and when it comes to songs, it's very difficult to pick just a few, I think so many are great, and as I go down their entire catalogue in my iTunes library, including bootlegs of demo recordings (that should tell you something), I realized I can't pick just a few so I pick them all.

    My younger brother is a drummer and an absolute nut when it comes to Ringo. My brother is seven years younger than me, so that also shows how the Beatles crossed generations.
     
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  9. ONYX

    ONYX

    Apr 14, 2000
    Michigan
    One of my all time favorites is "Rain"---I play guitar as well, and I'm a real sucker for those jangly, fuzzed-out, psychedelic pieces. "She Said She Said" is another one I never tire of.
     
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  10. After 4 years of being subjected to Bobby Vee , Bobby Rydel , Bobby Vinton and The Beach Boys ,The Beatles were a welcome breath of fresh air for me. Loved them from the first time I heard them.
     
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  11. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    ...and "I'm Only Sleeping" with its backward guitars.
     
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  12. Rumble Thunder

    Rumble Thunder

    Aug 5, 2016
    Kentucky
    I agree!! Those two are really good tunes and under appreciated by many. "You Won't See Me" is one of my favorites.
     
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  13. Rumble Thunder

    Rumble Thunder

    Aug 5, 2016
    Kentucky
    I love this story!
    How cool to be 14 and introduced to the Beatles. It's funny you first thought they were a bunch of crap :D how did they win you over? Did you see the Ed Sullivan show?

    On Ringo:
    What a killer bomb diggety drummer. I appreciate Ringo's style, it's very identifiable. Ringo added so much to the group.
     
  14. Biggbass

    Biggbass

    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    They could've been called The Shoes!
    Rubber Soul is still my Favorite album.
     
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  15. Rumble Thunder

    Rumble Thunder

    Aug 5, 2016
    Kentucky
    Dude, I love Rain!
    I had the single 45 and Paperback Writer was side A but I always flipped it over and played Rain over and over and over and over and over again.
     
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  16. rufus.K

    rufus.K

    Oct 18, 2015
    SoCal
    i want you/she,s so heavy
     
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  17. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    I was never a fan of early Beatles. They were a competent pop band. Earlier posts about seeing them at the Cavern club...meh.
    EVERYTHING changed with Rubber Soul, and Revolver. They became the most original band on the planet.
     
  18. hondo4life

    hondo4life

    Feb 29, 2016
    SC
    They recorded so many songs. Is it possible to listen to them all? Not all of them are good, but many of them are still great by today's standards. Oh, and they didn't use Auto-Tune. It's like, real music, or something.
     
  19. rufus.K

    rufus.K

    Oct 18, 2015
    SoCal
    I'm especially taken by Paul's "RAM" albumn
     
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  20. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    Partly that all the girls loved them, especially Stephanie, on who I had a big crush, but mostly it was their music, they had a great variety of sounds. Yes, the Ed Sullivan show helped too. So did the press interviews where they showed so much wit, humor, and irreverence.
     
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