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How to rediscover the Beatles?
18 August 2012
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jackhayman
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This may be beatlasphemy, but how do I refresh my obsession?  when I listen to an album I find I know the songs so well that they slip from my focus. how do you refresh your interest? do I need a beatle break? do I need to listen to them all in order in one day whilst reading the background info?

what do you do?a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

thanks

Jack

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18 August 2012
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Ohh, Welcome by the way, Jack. Quite an interesting problem you have. Haven't had that one yet! But I have noticed that if you just let the music play on the background, not much gets caught on. You gotta listen to it intently, I mean, just focus on the song, the lyrics, the riffs, vocals, solos, all of it- and I can guarantee you will find something new in almost any of the songs. I find great pleasure for Ringo knows what reason in figuring out who sings in what and who is backing him up, perhaps because their voices sometimes merge so easily together. It is also good, like you suggested, to read some background info, what about the original notes, for example? Could set up a mood, I suppose.

Of course, if you really want to, you could listen to some music you don't like and then marvel at how wonderful the Beatles are; on a second thought, maybe not. As much as it aches me to admit it, there are lots of other great bands over there, some you might not have noticed yet, it doesn't take anything away from the Beatles to listen to something else for a change, really. 

And yeah, it's not good to be obsessed over one thing, either. What I mean is, it's not just the music, it's the movies, thousands of books, musical notes you can try to decipher, photographs, interviews, tv shows...a-hard-days-night-john-6 Beatles fans sure have lot to choose from

18 August 2012
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I did it by re-watching the Anthology, and making sure to take the time to listen to the vinyl copies whenever possible.  That way, you sort of focus on the entire album and its packaging.

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18 August 2012
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Good suggestions, how can I get hold of the anthology videos? I bought the book in HMV a month or two ago and it's lovingly made by klaus. The vinyl does appeal to me, but I'm only 17 and my parents think I'm odd enough without spending meditating to the LPs (I save that junk for the bus).

Can I also say how nice everyone on the fab forum is, (I sometimes use a technology forum and boy the comments are just mean) thanks.
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18 August 2012
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minime said

Of course, if you really want to, you could listen to some music you don't like and then marvel at how wonderful the Beatles are; on a second thought, maybe not. As much as it aches me to admit it, there are lots of other great bands over there, some you might not have noticed yet, it doesn't take anything away from the Beatles to listen to something else for a change, really. 

And yeah, it's not good to be obsessed over one thing, either. What I mean is, it's not just the music, it's the movies, thousands of books, musical notes you can try to decipher, photographs, interviews, tv shows...a-hard-days-night-john-6 Beatles fans sure have lot to choose from

I also like Bob Dylan, The Floyd, John solo and George. Any others you'd recommend?

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18 August 2012
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I go where my mind goes; if im not in the place for beatles it'll be something else and thats good, eventually i'll get the pangs and have to play something, usually 2 or 3 days can go by. The fact that there are outtakes, demo's, bbc recordings, get back sessions, alternate mixes, live concerts, interviews etc available means that there is tons to devour and also makes it easier to not get tired of the commercially released stuff.

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18 August 2012
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Sometimes I find I am getting a bit tired of all my Beatles consumption and I worry I'll go off them. To remedy this, I often have a break and listen to other music for a couple of weeks or months, and then when I get a hankering to listen to the Beatles it's like discovering them again.

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19 August 2012
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jackhayman said
Good suggestions, how can I get hold of the anthology videos? I bought the book in HMV a month or two ago and it's lovingly made by klaus. The vinyl does appeal to me, but I'm only 17 and my parents think I'm odd enough without spending meditating to the LPs (I save that junk for the bus).

Can I also say how nice everyone on the fab forum is, (I sometimes use a technology forum and boy the comments are just mean) thanks.
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I'm not sure if the DVDs are still in print, but if you're 17 then maybe the cost would be an issue.  A lot of libraries carry the series, and failing that you could watch any number of long clips on YouTube.

And I wouldn't worry about your parents thinking you were weird if you were listen to the Beatles on vinyl.  There are way worse things you could be doing than listening to the most creative and influential band there ever was.  I did it when I was 17...

I've only been a short while, and I like it too.  A good number of Beatles fans are a bit older and generally well-spoken and welcoming   (Notice how we all mostly use proper grammar, punctuation and spelling too!).  I know what you mean about people in other types of forums.  Lots of troll out there to make peoples' lives miserable.

E is for 'Ergent'.
19 August 2012
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Expand your interests, play other bands and made the Beatles your favourite band of 15 bands you love instead of the Beatles being one of your few loves.

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19 August 2012
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I agree with SunKing. I spent like 6 months listening to the Beatles only, and then, I discovered Radiohead, I got most of Pink Floyd albums, I uploaded U2's albums into my mp3 player... and after 3 months I listened again to Abbey Road and I said "Yeah, they're still the best"

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19 August 2012
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This site actually helped me "rediscover" The Beatles. Talking to so many informed people who all share a common passion kind of re-sparked my obsession: it's now more prominent than ever! Lol. a-hard-days-night-george-10 Now that I think about it, I'm not so sure it's something to brag about... a-hard-days-night-paul-4

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19 August 2012
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I just go with my intuition. If I feel like listening to The Beatles, then I do. If I try to force it, it's not as enjoyable, so I don't do that. I go months without listening to a Beatles album in full. There was a time I felt like I was at the nadir of my love for The Beatles (although I was still mad keen on Paul and George's solo work during this time), but then I read You Never Give Me Your Money, and I think that's what pulled me out of that.

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19 August 2012
10.42am
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It was the 9/9/09 remaster-hype that reawakened my personal Beatle-love after nearly a decade of dormancy (my 7th or 8th Beatles reawakening since I began loving them 30+ years ago, which was preceded by nearly a decade of fond semi-familiarity), and led me to the 'Bible. I expect the love will go dormant again in a year or two, only to be inevitably reawakened by the next Big Event ("Let it Be" DVD? Lewisohn's book? JOE's book?). Currently, I've been more occupied with reinvestigating (or in some cases, just investigating) the 1970s solo careers, so that's kind of like keeping a toe in the water. Maybe you could try that.

This thread reminds me that we could maybe use a "If you love the Beatles, you'll probably like these albums..." thread!

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19 August 2012
11.02am
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As Beatles fans I think we are very lucky because there is tons of stuff out there - when I've got a bit fed up of listening to them every day (oh!), I watch/read interviews and appearences on TV programmes, and stuff like that ...Then I miss the music and I go back to it.

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19 August 2012
7.09pm
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I too had times, when I was a bit fed up by the Beatles albums. After a few days, I reread the "Anthology" book and partly the book by Steve Turner (about the stories behind the songs) and, sure enough, I started listening to the music again with more passion. In fact there's enough Beatles-stuff to keep you busy for decades. a-hard-days-night-john-6

19 August 2012
9.42pm
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jackhayman said
do I need to listen to them all in order in one day...?

That was going to be my suggestion. On many occaisions I've started with "I Saw Her Standing There", singing (poorly) at the top of my lungs all the way up to "The End".

paul-mccartney

Another remedy is to create a playlist featuring songs from all the artisits you have and playing it on shuffle mode. When I do that, and a Beatles song comes up randomly, it really makes me smile.

Hope this helps!mal-evansneil-aspinall

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19 August 2012
10.31pm
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I've been a Beach Boys kick lately, and it felt really good when I came back to the Beatles.
Like many other people on here have said, the best thing is to surround yourself with new artists/bands, and get some change of scenery, and then go back to the Beatles when you feel you're ready. The Beatles will sound as new to you as they did the first time you heard them, guarenteed.
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20 August 2012
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Every January I listen to the Beach Boys discography in order, even the crap.  And there was a lot of crap...

 

I feel bad for the Beach Boys.  They zigged so many times when they should have clearly zagged.

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20 August 2012
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I keep WISHING I could appreciate the Beach Boys' SmileySmile-thru-Surf's Up stuff more than I do. So many folks whose opinions I value rave about it, makes me wonder what I'm missing.

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20 August 2012
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I feel the same way, Von. ahdn_george_05 I've never been bitten by the Beach Boys bug. Their music is all fine and dandy to listen to at parties and various other social gatherings, but I've never had the desire to listen to them on my own. They just don't seem to reach that...musical standard of meaningfulness...I'm looking for, ya know? Not that I'm knocking The Beach Boys--I can certainly understand why people would enjoy their music--they're just not my cup of tea.

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