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If you could go back in time to spend ONE day with The Beatles.....
2 January 2010
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Note by Ahhh Girl 30 November 2014: I merged a thread tilted "If you had a time machine..." into this thread. Posts 27-65 were in that thread.

........where you could photograph it, video it or even have it professionally documented on film, what day would you pick?

It's something I've often thought about and each time I come up with the same answer. 1st July 1963 in Abbey Road Studio number 2 is the date and place.

This was the date they recorded She Loves You and apart from a few photos and the master tape in mono, there is nothing left about the recording of one of the greatest songs of all time and, if pushed, I would say is my favourite Beatle song because this was the one that started it all off for me.

I'd love to hear how they tackled it; the goofs, re-takes, studio banter and wouldn't it be great to have the separated tracks......oh well.

So that's mine. I did contemplate a few alternatives (A cavern performance or one of their 1965 UK concerts recorded in multi-track) but that summer day in North West London wins!

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"
2 January 2010
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For me, it'd be in ol' 1967, in May and June, listening in to the brilliant recording of You Know My Name (Look Up the Number). I think it'd be absolutely fantastic to see with my very own eyes the lightheartedness in which they worked and how good they were to eachother back then (not to mention the shovel in the dirt for a sound effect!) 

It's obviously not one of their biggest achievements, but personally, I love the Beatles who got along with each other and valued and respected each other. And had fun together! I think this is one of those rare latter times in their career when they sincerely had fun with each other and didn't get on each other's backs for every little thing. I would have a hoot seeing them laugh and love again, as corny as it sounds. Laugh

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3 January 2010
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I would love to have taken Art Schreiber's place for a day while he followed them on tour in the US in 1964. Just to play monopoly all night with George and John or watch John and Paul work on new songs would be awesome.

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4 January 2010
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If I could I would like to go back to July 15, 1958 and yank John's momma from the road.  I wonder how John would have turned out if his mother would have lived?  Happier of course...

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4 January 2010
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BeatleMark said:If I could I would like to go back to November of 1966 and somehow prevent Yoko from meeting John.  Smile


Harssssssssssh, haha. I like it!

I recently read Paul's biography, my god, she's so annoying, handling all of John's matters like she knows what she's talking about. I don't really like her or hate her either way, but really. She was so rude to Paul at some points, and completely unnecessarily, too. If we could harbour the magic to choose a day to spend with the Beatles, let's collectively send me to meet John in Yoko's place, eh, eh? Wink

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4 January 2010
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Alissa said:

If we could harbour the magic to choose a day to spend with the Beatles, let's collectively send me to meet John in Yoko's place, eh, eh? Wink


Then we could blame you for the Beatles breaking up? Laugh Honestly, would you want someone who could be so easily brainwashed as the "Yoko stole him away" arguement makes him out to be? Whatever her feelings for him were, I do believe John's were sincere and that he wanted a way out.

Re: Saving Julia. A happier John with less inspired music. Fair trade. And there's probably a fanfic on it already.

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4 January 2010
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Spending a day and CHANGING HISTORY are two different things though. You can only 'observe' Laugh

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5 January 2010
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In that case, it would really have to be 6 July 1957: http://www.beatlesbible.com/19.....mccartney/

Otherwise, perhaps it'd be the first time John played Strawberry Fields to George Martin, in the studio, on an acoustic guitar in late 1966. Or perhaps the orchestral overdub for A Day In The Life. Or maybe the very first audition/session at Abbey Road. Or the Please Please Me album session. Quite hard to choose just one!

Possibly it would be the concerts in Ipswich and Romford which my Mum went to in 1963 (the Roy Orbison tour). I'd love to go back and be in the crowd, though it would probably be a little too weird.

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5 January 2010
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Ooh, this is a good question!  On the professional level, as far as recording goes, there are a number of sessions I'd love to have been in attendance for, like the Please Please Me marathon, or that (literally) breathtaking day that Paul tackled "Yesterday", "I'm Down" and "I've Just Seen a Face".  The "Yellow Submarine" overdubs session would have been a lot of fun.  And of course I wish there was some document of those mythically frenzied Hamburg shows.  But I think i'm gonna ultimately have to say August 28, 1964: The Beatles meet Bob Dylan and "the '60s" begin!

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8 January 2010
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For me, the orchestra session for "A Day In The Life."  Period.  Well...  and dozens of other sessions too!

8 January 2010
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Or being in the "dressing room" before the last show at Candlestick Park just to hear what they really thought about doing the last show of their last tour.

Deep down it must have been some sort of a milestone (or millstone) for them despite all the madness of the two previous months.

There was a lot more enthusiasm (especially from Paul obviously) in their performance than in Tokyo the month before anyway.

Yes, the She loves you session would have been great too.

24 January 2010
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...and Dave said:

Or being in the "dressing room" before the last show at Candlestick Park just to hear what they really thought about doing the last show of their last tour.

Deep down it must have been some sort of a milestone (or millstone) for them despite all the madness of the two previous months.

There was a lot more enthusiasm (especially from Paul obviously) in their performance than in Tokyo the month before anyway.


It was well documented that they took cameras on stage with them to to record the event. And as you say, they were rather 'chipper' in their banter too.................

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"
24 January 2010
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Great question! Hmmm, as an observer only? My first thought was the recording of A Day In The Life, but I also like the idea of the day they first met Bob Dylan... although it would be more fun to actually participate! Wink

But I have to say that I have always wished I could have seen them perform in Hamburg, preferably their first visit, after they met Astrid, Klaus and Jurgen.... maybe November 1960. So that's my answer.

I'd like to comment on the death of John's mum. Although he wouldn't have been quite as tortured an artist, let's remember that he was already well on his way of being an angry young man before Julia died... he had the whole abandonment issue, Mimi's craziness, death of Uncle George, and Stu's impending death  to keep his angst level quite high.

25 January 2010
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iCaramba said:

Great question! Hmmm, as an observer only? My first thought was the recording of A Day In The Life, but I also like the idea of the day they first met Bob Dylan... although it would be more fun to actually participate! Wink


Right on! I'm sure I would be join the uproarious John and Ringo; no way could I be as calm as George or as coordinated to lead someone around the room, spouting nonsense as intelligence like Paul. :P My own experiences put me in the first description of... "effects." Hah!

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13 August 2010
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It dosen't matter as long as I get to stare at them for hours.a-hard-days-night-paul-2

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29 October 2010
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The PPM album day

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Von Bontee said:

But I think i'm gonna ultimately have to say August 28, 1964: The Beatles meet Bob Dylan and "the '60s" begin!


This was my first thought as well. Then I thought about the day in Paris on January 17, 1964 - hanging out with the Beatles, watching them in concert, going back to the hotel to discover that I Want To Hold Your Hand had reached number one in America and then drinking the night away.

So the question remains...get drunk with the Beatles in Paris or wait 7 months and get baked with the Beatles and Bob Dylan in NYC...decisions, decisions.

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The eternal question: Do I want to be drunk, or high and drunk?
Decisions Decisions

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8 November 2010
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

The eternal question: Do I want to be drunk, or high and drunk?

Decisions Decisions


I'd definitely decide to be neither. I mean, if I've only got one day with the Beatles, why would I want my mind to be warped?

I would probably pick a Revolver session. "Tomorrow Never Knows" tape loops, perhaps? 

Or maybe I'd travel back to one of those days when Ringo was in the hospital as a kid. He sounds like he'd be the cutest kid ever. And I'd get to watch little Ringo play the drums in the hospital band! 

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I'd love to be in AHDH's shooting and to be one of those school girls. I'd love to hide Patti in a closet and then, try to charm George ... and ......

 

Just kidding. I'd love to witness the 10 hrs recording of PPM.

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