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If you had to choose The Beatles or everyone else
3 March 2014
4.39am
xskelterhelterx
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Who would you pick?

 

Meaning for the rest of your life you can only listen to The Beatles or everyone else besides The Beatles.  For me I would take The Beatles without hesitation.  when I said this to my friends, they responded back saying I wasn't a real music fan if I'd take one act over all the others.  Maybe they're right, but it doesn't matter much to me.   I think a lot would agree with me on here, others it would be like pulling teeth. 

I almost wanted to say pick the Beatles and 2 other acts against everyone else, and list them.  If you want you can decide on that also.  Not necessary for me. 

 

Also I wasn't considering solo careers after the split, but I think they should be included on second though.

 

 

 

 

3 March 2014
4.44am
IveJustSeenAFaceo
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I'd say I want

The Beatles
Nirvana
either Radiohead or Wilco depending on what day it is

If I could have those 4, I really would be OK without anything else.

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3 March 2014
2.52pm
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Hmm well I probably would pick everyone else (though there's only really two other bands I listen to often). As I have three favourite bands, that I all love just as much, it makes more sense to go for the other two plus any other music I listen to, rather than just one of them.

If you could only listen to one band for the rest of your life, you'd get a bit bored after a few weeks, and then you wouldn't enjoy it as much anyway.

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3 March 2014
5.52pm
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If we choose The Beatles, are we allowed to have solo Beatles music? 

 

I choose The Beatles, regardless...

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3 March 2014
5.57pm
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No because solo music wouldn't be the Beatles, would it?

3 March 2014
6.07pm
Necko
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Didn't think so, but just thought I'd ask. 

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3 March 2014
6.17pm
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I think it's possible to get bored of one thing over time, BUT my choice would be the Beatles.

To tell the truth...I have listened to nothing but Beatles (I only listen to music in the car & a little at home) for the last 9 months!  a-hard-days-night-ringo-6And I'm not changing any time soon! a-hard-days-night-george-10

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3 March 2014
6.21pm
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Definately the Beatles... I'd rather take a chance at getting bored, which I don't think would happen, than never be able to listen to them again.

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3 March 2014
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Does this include all outtakes, bbc, live, demo's, and the rest or just what has been officially released on the core albums? Do i get access to the master tapes stored in Apple's vaults?

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3 March 2014
8.08pm
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meanmistermustard said
Does this include all outtakes, bbc, live, demo's, and the rest or just what has been officially released on the core albums? Do i get access to the master tapes stored in Apple's vaults?

That's what I was going to ask, but they said Beatles so I assumed everything...

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3 March 2014
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I'd probably go with everyone else regardless. Far too much good music out there to discover and already love too much. If it was just the core stuff then it would definitely be everyone else, to go thru life on just 13/14 albums would get tedious very quickly.

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3 March 2014
9.45pm
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Oh yeah, everyone else for me too. Easiest decision ever, really. Practically the entire Beatles canon is basically imprinted on my memory as it is, anyways!
Whereas I've never even heard, say, 98.7% of the complete works of (for instance) Beethoven, to name just one.

(And if my hypothetical decision means I forfeit my hypothetical chance to ever hear "Carnival Of Light", oh well. One of you guys who chose the Beatles will have to describe it to me!)

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3 March 2014
9.55pm
IveJustSeenAFaceo
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vonbontee said
Oh yeah, everyone else for me too. Easiest decision ever, really. Practically the entire Beatles canon is basically imprinted on my memory as it is, anyways!
Whereas I've never even heard, say, 98.7% of the complete works of (for instance) Beethoven, to name just one.

(And if my hypothetical decision means I forfeit my hypothetical chance to ever hear "Carnival Of Light", oh well. One of you guys who chose the Beatles will have to describe it to me!)

Hmmm, but what if it made it so you forgot all the music. That really seems like a loophole

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3 March 2014
10.40pm
Von Bontee
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Well, if I'd never heard them, then I wouldn't know what I was missing, or care, so I'd make the same decision again - loophole solved! :) Still an impossibly easy decision.

Really, the way the question is framed makes it seem like some kind of bizarre extreme loyalty test - "Do you love the Beatles this much?" Well, no I don't! They're my favourite band by a reasonable margin, but no way do I think they're better than everybody else COMBINED! Especially when their recorded legacy is basically a finite amount that's not gonna get any bigger, notwithstanding any barrel-scrapings in the vault we may or may not hear one day. Really, if I had to choose to forego either the Beatles or my second and third favourite bands combined, I'm not sure I wouldn't choose to keep #2 and 3 - together they recorded twice as much great stuff as the Beatles, which I enjoy nearly as much. And I'm talking here about a mere two bands, not the entire world of non-Beatles music combined. And it's a big world! No way am I gonna deprive my ears. Guess I fail that loyalty test. Sorry, Beatles! (shrug)

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15 March 2014
6.32pm
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xskelterhelterx said
Who would you pick?
<snip>
I almost wanted to say pick the Beatles and 2 other acts against everyone else, and list them.  If you want you can decide on that also.  Not necessary for me. 

Also I wasn't considering solo careers after the split, but I think they should be included on second though [I think there should be a 't' at the end of that - ed.].

<end quoted text>

I think she means to include their solo careers, because otherwise she would have picked a minimum of 4 groups: Beatles, Paul, John, and George (probably not Ringo, as he wasn't exactly prolific after the breakup - or before...).

So I say the Beatles, as a collective.  2nd and 3rd were tough.  At first I thought of Clapton, the Stones, Genesis...but then I thought...what about the wonders of other genres...so I came up with these:

2) Leadbelly

3) Mozart

If I had to pick the Beatles vs. everyone else...it would be tough but I think I'd have to pick everything else, given the huge diversity and sheer volume of music that's been written through the ages.  I mean the Beatles doesn't just exclude the rest or r&r/pop, it excludes all the classical music, all the blues, all the folk/bluegrass, all the post 80s stuff (except Paul and the Wilburys [and Thomas a-hard-days-night-george-10]), most rockabilly, jazz, etc...that's a hella lot of stuff to exclude.  While I admit the Beatles have a huge compendium of music, and I've been listening to it almost exclusively for a year and am only skipping a few songs, most of which I'd have skipped from the beginning, I'd have to pick the rest of music.

Half of what I say is meaningless...

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