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Beatles reunion
8 August 2013
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Im kinda glad that they didn't get back together, because it secured their legacy as the greatest band of all time, and made their history so legendary because pretty much all of their albums are so good.

A comparison I often think of when thinking about the Beatles' legacy is Michael Jordan's career. He could've left off on such a good note with his last shot being a championship-winning shot in Chicago (the equivalent of the Beatles' Abbey Road), but instead he attempted a comeback with the Wizards  where he was only a shadow of his former self (which is probably how the Beatles reunion probably might have turned out like, although basketball is obviously not the same as making music).

8 August 2013
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VB, I wouldn't want the Beatles to look to any band from the 80's to beat, more do their own thing whilst being aware of what was out there a la the 60's when they knew what was going on but never sought to replicate it ( I hope you get what I mean).

Who knows what area of the music genre's they would have moved into, probably everything and anything. John liked bands like Madness and The B-52's so maybe we would have gotten a bit more of a ska flavour whereas Paul was interested in doodling with the electronic scene (see Macca II). I haven't heard what Ringo was doing at the time, Stop and Smell the Roses is meant to be better than what came before but I don't have the desire to find out. George was kind of doing his thing touching a few different things (what would I Really Love You be classed as?) and getting more and more bored with music making and the industry, maybe a reunion would have given him a jolt.

 

[As an aside I grew up loving Ringo's Rotogravure but have only heard A Dose of Rock and Roll in the last few years and it sounded badly dated. Should really investigate that album a bit more but only have it on cassette and who plays those.]

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8 August 2013
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Couldn't the Beatles have reunited without recording albums, at least until the time was right? The Stones and the Who, neither of whom have released a decent album for decades (The Who have stopped trying) are both currently playing massive shows. Ok, Jagger's voice is gone, and the Who are having to pipe in old performances from John Entwistle and Keith Moon, but they're still amazing, as are Paul's shows. Now how much more amazing would concerts from the whole of the Beatles be?

They wouldn't need to release albums, so they could do so only when they had something they thought had artistic merit.

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8 August 2013
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It would have been interesting to hear Beatle versions of solo-Beatles tracks and if they would have been improved and/or reworked before the performances. It would have been great to see them together whatever they sang but it would be far more interesting to see Whatever Gets You Thru The Night over another standard performance of She Loves You.

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14 August 2013
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I agree I would hate for them to be one of those bands that you say "I love the older stuff better or now they are shit".  Speaking of the Stones, Mick Jagger brought up a good point in a joking way a while back on David Letterman. He said nobody wants to hear your new stuff or something like that. I think its true for like bands like the Stones, nobody really wants to hear their new stuff, they want to hear the old classics. It has pass through my brain, of course, what it would have been like for a reunion for The Beatles, but as you said I'm glad they did not. 

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14 August 2013
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"Whatever Gets You Through The Night" with John/Paul/George harmonies would be superlative Beatles proto-disco! ("With A Little Luck", only so-so. But it'd certainly be better.) I think that probably ANY of the albums would be improved with those timeless Beatles harmonies (well, maybe not Plastic Ono Band.)

If they did make an album after several years apart, and it was bad, I'd simply go into denial and rationalize to myself that it's not a "real" Beatles album. Just the way I dismiss the existence of "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love."

And there's a reason that nobody wants to hear the Stones' new stuff: it's just not as good as their old stuff! They go through the motions of writing and recording a new album whenever they need something new for sale to promote their latest huge tour.

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14 August 2013
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I have Grrrr (the dreadful name of the latest Stones compilation) and there is no doubt in my head that the earlier stuff (up to the early mid-70's at a push) is far superior to what came after (at least on that). If that's the best of what they did later I have no interest in investigating a little deeper.

 

My view of FAAB and RL is complicated as I do see them as an official part of the cannon but deem them to be strictly under the Anthology banner, so I suppose an offshooting branch.

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John was set to go to England a week after he was shot, reportedly to discuss the documentary project still then called "The Long And Winding Road." Would there have been new material? Would it have even happened? Thoughts?

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@paulramon1962, i've moved your post to this more generic thread for the reunion which you might want to look thru. Additionally there is some discussion on Johns Playboy comments as well as others from the mid-70's relating to a reunion here.

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15 August 2014
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Sky999 said

I agree I would hate for them to be one of those bands that you say "I love the older stuff better or now they are shit".  Speaking of the Stones, Mick Jagger brought up a good point in a joking way a while back on David Letterman. He said nobody wants to hear your new stuff or something like that. I think its true for like bands like the Stones, nobody really wants to hear their new stuff, they want to hear the old classics. It has pass through my brain, of course, what it would have been like for a reunion for The Beatles, but as you said I'm glad they did not. 

Beatle disco = NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Of all the concerts I've seen, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney best played into the thoughts you laid down, Sky. The Clapton show was in April 1990 on the tour for the Journeyman album. I love this album and was jazzed when he played songs from it during the first half of the show. Zag and I could not understand why the general audience was not getting into the show as much as we were. Then, he dove into the classics in earnest and the place erupted. As for the Paul show last month, I noticed the same thing. I was thrilled when he played songs from NEW and wished he played more from it. Again, the general audience were not as enthusiatic as I for the latest songs. So, it appears I don't fit into the category of those who go to these shows from rock icons just to hear the classics.

I can't help feeling that some of this can be attributed to the high cost of concert tickets. Looking back at both shows, especailly Macca's, I recall the audience mostly made up of older folk with their children. These parents are established Beatles or Wings fans, love the classics and have careers now which allow them the luxury of taking the kiddies to the high priced show. Those same kiddies love the classics because their parents raised them on those songs. I can certainly understand both generations not caring for NEW as much as they do the classics or loving the album as much as I. This was borne out during my ride to the show. My brother and I went to the show together. My sister-in-law drove us to and from the show and my 14 year old nephew came along for the ride. I asked them to pop NEW into the CD player in order to get myself psyched up for the show (as if I needed it, eh Ahhh Girl?). To my dissapointment, I was the only one in the car who had ever heard the album. The good news is, they all loved it and we listened to it again when they picked us up after the show. But I wonder how many people in the audience had not heard it either - you know, the folks that can afford to bring the whole family to the show.

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