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Earlier vs Later
29 May 2012
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fabfouremily
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Recently, a friend of mine asked me if I prefered the ''earlier music'' like 'Hard Day's Night','I Saw Her Standing There' and covers like 'Lucille' or the ''later stuff'' like 'I Am The Walrus' and 'Strawberry Fields',and quite frankly, I had absolutely no idea because I love the oldies but some of my firm favourites are from 1967 and onwards.What do you think?Did they improve with age?I suppose their techniques etc did but apart from that I'm really not sure...

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29 May 2012
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'67 afterwards, the Beatles were great songwriters and great experimentalists. In their earlier days, however, they were great songwriters and also a great BAND- a tight, unified group who could play rock and roll together like nobody else. It's a difficult decision but I think as a whole I'd take the early days when they still performed live.

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29 May 2012
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GeorgeTSimpson
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I think they were the best from 68 onwards beginning with lady madonno, then Hey Jude, White Album, ge back, ballad of john and yoko, abeey road and let it be

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29 May 2012
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From Rubber Soul definitely. They were a great pop group before Rubber Soul but with RS and all the albums after it they became the most innovative and cult band ever.

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29 May 2012
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They were lyrically better from Rubber Soul onwards and there is an arguement for them being musically better as well but i have a love for the bbc recordings.

The freshness and rawness on some of those recordings have a thrill, they really could rock as a band. The Hamburg recordings are proof of that as well. No band since has equalled the sound and excitement they created when they played straight rock and roll in the early days; early rock and roll did come close and at times match them eg early elvis, chuck berry, buddy holly, jerry lee lewis.

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30 May 2012
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I am a sucker for the older songs and albums, I have to admit...I always think about how they must have sounded so fresh and exciting at the time, no wonder people went crazy. And even though the lyrics are simple and the songs very short, they paclked a real punch (credit to George Martin as well, no doubt.)

 

But I love Paul in "Long and Winding Road" too, although it seems like a very sad song, to me it sounds like a song to John and I've read various reports that it was, but who knows...and also love Rubber Soul and Revolution and specific songs from later albums, inc Sgt. Peppers. Well, just about everything I guess...but I tend to re-listen to the older songs the most.

 

Any of the songs that show off the harmonies are my favs...even some of the most "routine" back-up singing is pretty amazing. I have been stuck on "PS I Love You" just for the vocals lately, as well as their version of "Anna." Also "Help" for same reason.

30 May 2012
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I love the BBC recordings too,and the tracks on there are probably the ones that I listen to more than any others but their songwriting skills did improve quite notably in 1967.They worked more like a good ol' rock and roll band too in the early days and you get that vibe through the music, it's just so great :)

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30 May 2012
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Over the years I've shown so much more appreciation for and devoted so much more attention to the Rubber Soul and beyond material that nowadays I tend to find more to discover in the 1963-64 stuff. Which is ironic considering how much less "deep" the earlier stuff is, in terms of both subject matter and recording complexity.  

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30 May 2012
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Long John Silver
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vonbontee said
Over the years I've shown so much more appreciation for and devoted so much more attention to the Rubber Soul and beyond material that nowadays I tend to find more to discover in the 1963-64 stuff. Which is ironic considering how much less "deep" the earlier stuff is, in terms of both subject matter and recording complexity.  

Haha kind of same, I really tend to listen a lot of Hard Day's Night album these days :).

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4 June 2012
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While I love every album, I actually favor the middle albums most - HELP!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour

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19 June 2012
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I go through phases of just listening to their earlier stuff, and as Ben Ramon said, they felt like more of a band at this time. That being said, my absolute favourite albums, say my top 3, are all post-Revolver. I think it all depends on mood.

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19 June 2012
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I would of loved to have been there and watched that change happen in their music. When I first got into The Beatles I was suprised to discover that some of their songs are so different to one-another but I suppose that's not really the same as going out to your record store, buying their lastest album and wonder what on earth might be on there, what something new would they have tried out and put on one of their tracks.... That would have been nice.

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