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The Beatles could play any kind of music (when they started)
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He said that their music died around the time of their first UK tour with Helen Shapiro: http://www.beatlesbible.com/19.....-bradford/

Brian Epstein put us in suits and all that, and we made it very, very big. We sold out. The music was dead before we even went on the theatre tour of Britain. We were feeling shit already because we had to reduce an hour or two hours' play - and which we were glad in one way - to twenty minutes, and go on and repeat the same twenty minutes every night. The Beatles' music died then, as musicians. That's why we never improved as musicians. We killed ourselves then to make it - and that was the end of it. George and I are more inclined to say that. We always missed the club dates 'cause that's when we were playing music.

It's important to remember that The Beatles weren't entirely sure of their direction when they were starting out. That's why they played songs like Besame Mucho, Till There Was You, A Taste Of Honey, Three Cool Cats etc - they were trying to show how versatile they were as performers. In the UK in the early 60s singers were first and foremost entertainers, and they needed to fit into that scene. Later on, from the Please Please Me LP onwards, they were acclaimed for what was quickly identified as The Beatles' sound and could play music on their own terms, but it took them a while to get there.

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Joe said

He said that their music died around the time of their first UK tour with Helen Shapiro: http://www.beatlesbible.com/19.....-bradford/

Brian Epstein put us in suits and all that, and we made it very, very big. We sold out. The music was dead before we even went on the theatre tour of Britain. We were feeling shit already because we had to reduce an hour or two hours' play - and which we were glad in one way - to twenty minutes, and go on and repeat the same twenty minutes every night. The Beatles' music died then, as musicians. That's why we never improved as musicians. We killed ourselves then to make it - and that was the end of it. George and I are more inclined to say that. We always missed the club dates 'cause that's when we were playing music.

It's important to remember that The Beatles weren't entirely sure of their direction when they were starting out. That's why they played songs like Besame Mucho, Till There Was You, A Taste Of Honey, Three Cool Cats etc - they were trying to show how versatile they were as performers. In the UK in the early 60s singers were first and foremost entertainers, and they needed to fit into that scene. Later on, from the Please Please Me LP onwards, they were acclaimed for what was quickly identified as The Beatles' sound and could play music on their own terms, but it took them a while to get there.

The trade-offs we make in life only knowing only a little sliver of the picture of what is to happen...if that much. Sorry, I'm just feeling a bit too philosophical tonight.

Oh, to have seen them cutting loose in Hamburg.

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