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Beatles reunion
5 August 2013
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SatanHimself said
Can you just imagine if the Beatles, with their influence waning somewhat, started following the trends and made an album with Disco beats, or (*shudder*) they signed to Geffen and started making terrible synth-ey 80s albums...?

Yes...yes, I can.

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5 August 2013
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Zig said

SatanHimself said
Can you just imagine if the Beatles, with their influence waning somewhat, started following the trends and made an album with Disco beats, or (*shudder*) they signed to Geffen and started making terrible synth-ey 80s albums...?

Yes...yes, I can.

 

And here I was just talking to someone about how "Check My Machine" made me appreciate that Paul is capable of so much more than most of his 80s singles would have you believe.

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5 August 2013
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I never quite understood the love that album gets sometimes.  I still think it's an unlistenable mess.

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5 August 2013
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I think the Beatles not reuniting (as they were planning to do in 1981) robbed the world of a magnificence we could to this day not imagine.

I believe they would have reunited for occasional projects - so when we talk about the Stones, first creatively they're not even in the same league - I mean they're not, second, the Stones never broke up really - instead  they kept recording and touring year after year after year when they should not have - and third, what John, Paul George and Ringo might have produced together in their mid-forties or mid-fifties - with the maturity of time on their side - it eludes the mind.

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5 August 2013
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I am, because they ended at their peak, and never made a bad album, but then if they had reunited we don't know what it would have been. Plus, everything is so subjective, and I'm so biased anyhow I guess it wouldn't matter if they had. I don't really know though, it doesn't bother me that they never had a reunion, but I also don't think it was for the better.

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6 August 2013
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SatanHimself said

I never quite understood the love that album gets sometimes.  I still think it's an unlistenable mess.

Have you heard the expanded version with all the extras? That second disc with the extended "Check My Machine" and "Secret Friend" and "All You Horse Riders" I find more enjoyable than the album proper. Basically I like to think of the whole as a weird, heavily electronics-dependent double-album with a half-dozen or so proper pop songs that seem weirder than they are due to their very status as exceptions to the overall weirdness.

Give it another five years or so, and its reputation will have grown, just like Ram!

As for the topic, I don't kinow that there'd be a good time for them to make the kind of album they could've made after the 1970s. There's no way of knowing what kind of work John would've been capable of in the '80s, and Paul's and George's best '80s work didn't really occur within the same windows of time. As for what they might've been up to in the '70s, I'd love to have heard them incorporate the best of 70s technology to make the kind of state-of-the-art album for, say, 1978 that Abbey Road was in '69. Satan's opinion notwithstanding, I'm obsessed with imagining the brand of sophisticated Bee Gees style- pop-soul techno-disco!

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6 August 2013
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In a way, I'm glad they never got back together. They knew that when they hated eachother, they weren't capable of being their best, so they did AR and said goodbye. It was sad at the time, and still makes me (and I'm sure others too) quite sad now, but it was the right decision. As we don't know what a re-group album would've sounded like, we can't say that it would've been a good idea. We'll never know.

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6 August 2013
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(...didn't really finish my thought up there, guess that's what happens when you're hurriedly posting standing up in a public place like outside your coffee-shop...anyway, I meant to say "...I'm obsessed with imagining the The Beatles attempting their version of that brand of sophisticated Bee Gees-style pop-soul techno-disco!")

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6 August 2013
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Perhaps a Beatles Reunion with 7 or 8 albums would have not been a good idea. But if they had done just one or two albums it would have been great.

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Beatles Do Disco... Help save us all.

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The eggman said
Perhaps a Beatles Reunion with 7 or 8 albums would have not been a good idea. But if they had done just one or two albums it would have been great.

 

Welcome here, eggman!

We don't - can't - really know for sure that it would've been great though, can we? At what point in all four of their solo careers would they have been happy enough to work with eachother, and all in a good place musically?

 

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

7 August 2013
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fabfouremily said

The eggman said

Perhaps a Beatles Reunion with 7 or 8 albums would have not been a good idea. But if they had done just one or two albums it would have been great.

 

 At what point in all four of their solo careers would they have been happy enough to work with eachother, and all in a good place musically?

 

Probably after John died.  I could see a Lennon/McCartney collaboration between 1974-1976 maybe, if Yoko wasn't around or was okay with it  (except that Sean was born in 1975).  But I don't think John and George were on good terms.  And when they were, he was on bad terms with Paul, right?

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7 August 2013
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meanmistermustard said
Beatles Do Disco... Help save us all.

So...you would not like the Phab Phour?
“Jive Talking” John Lennon a-hard-days-night-john-1

“Papa Pink” Paul MacCartney a-hard-days-night-paul-3

“GQ” George Harrison ahdn_george_01

Ringo “Soul Train” Starra-hard-days-night-ringo-11

You'd miss out out on songs like...

  • I Love The Day In The Nightlife
  • Turn The Beatles Around
  • Get Back Down Tonight
  • Heaven Never Knows

...and many more!!

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7 August 2013
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You say miss out, I say escape a living hell,

lets call the whole heap of horse manure off.apple01

 

This monstrosity was unleashed on the world tho - Bee Gees do the Beatles. Sometimes you see something online and you want the world to swallow you up there and then.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....CHvuGJBFTc

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7 August 2013
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I thought Sgt Pepper wasn't too bad but then With A Little Help From My Friends happened and that whole video, no wait, that whole movie is so ridiculous. I think I just wet myself.

7 August 2013
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meanmistermustard said

Beatles Do Disco... Help save us all.

Come on, like they didn't do semi-disco type things in their '70s solo careers already? "Whatever Gets You Through The Night" or "Silly Love Songs" would sound GREAT on dance stations (and probably do!)

And I'd mention the amazing fab "Goodnight Tonight" as well but I assume you probably hate that one anyways.

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8 August 2013
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Von Bontee said

meanmistermustard said

Beatles Do Disco... Help save us all.

Come on, like they didn't do semi-disco type things in their '70s solo careers already? "Whatever Gets You Through The Night" or "Silly Love Songs" would sound GREAT on dance stations (and probably do!)

And I'd mention the amazing fab "Goodnight Tonight" as well but I assume you probably hate that one anyways.

 

GT is a good song but I wouldn't say either WGYTTN or SLS were disco. I've been led to believe Ringo unsuccessfully entered into the world of disco on Ringo the Sixth; ive never heard it and considering the reviews i'm not going there any time soon. 

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8 August 2013
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Well I was kinda cheating, cause those two earlier songs ('74, 76) were really more like something that would evolve into what the world knew as "disco", after it was watered down and fluffed up and mechanized a bit. The term really really became known to the general public after about 1977, the year of "Saturday Night Fever" and all that. When I put those Lennon disco quotes in my other signature, I made it a point to include the quotes' actual date (1975, the year of the relevant interviews) to emphasize how John was certainly at the head of the curve, if not exactly ahead of it, at the time.

[And to be fair/unfair to poor Ringo, how much worse could Ringo the IVth be than Rotogravure or Bad Boy? Allegedly, anyways...I've never heard those albums, maybe they're all great! And getting further off-topic, what's this I read about George considering SUING Ringo because he didn't care for Ringo's cover version of "I'll Still Love You" from Rotogravure itself?? and instead just settling out of court? How have I never heard this story until just now, while researching Ringo's album history? And is that even legal, suing somebody over a performance of a song for which you're earning songwriting royalties?]

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8 August 2013
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...OK, serious attempt to steer this back on topic. New post because it may be more convenient to just skip all the rambling in that last one.

meanm.m., in some other thread, you offered the opinion that the music of the '80s was better than that of the '70s. (An opinion that I agree with...maybe 35% of the time!) Assuming that John had lived, would you be more interested in the idea of an '80s Beatles reunion? Maybe when Paul was still riding high from War/Peace and George was writing the stuff that would become Cloud Nine? Who would you like to see the Beatles beat at their own game: The Police, Duran Duran, U2, The Smiths? R.E.M.?

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8 August 2013
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Here's why I wish they had a reunion - especially in the '80s and beyond.

Trying to imagine what kind of music the four of them together (and that's the key: together) trying to predict that would be like predicting Sgt Pepper after listening to With The Beatles. Or like predicting Abbey Road after listening to Magical Mystery Tour.

Everything they did together was totally unpredictable. So saying 'Beatles disco', presumes that they wouldn't have advanced a whole other musical style. A style that never emerged because of their absence.

The only answer is who knows - however, we can assume based on past performance, that regardless of what was happening around them in pop music, what the four of them could have created as a result of a friendly reunion, would be been breath-taking.

 

 

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