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I'm glad The Beatles never reunited.
1 August 2013
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I think it's probably good that The Beatles never reunited, because if they did, it's possible they would have made a crappy album that would tarnish their legacy.  Sure, the solo Beatles all made great music, and they made even better music together, but they didn't ALWAYS put out good songs throughout their whole lives, and anything can happen--they could have all turned out somewhat sub-par songs for the reunion, they could have gone with a bad producer, they could have had cheesy 80's keyboards, etc.

Does anyone agree?

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

1 August 2013
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Yip. Live Fawlty Towers the Beatles ended at the right time. Most bands/artists go thru a drudge which reduces their overall brilliance to varying degrees or end up getting together to throw out one last new album. I cant say I have any desire to see, or miss the idea of the four doing She Loves You in 1982. And in all honesty, whilst there are good things about FAAB and RL my life wouldn't be any worse if they hadn't of been made.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
1 August 2013
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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…?

 

Just another reason that the Beatles were perfect, in the way that they walked out on a high note and left everyone wanting more.  THAT'S how you do it.

Not to crap on the The Stones, but imagine how much more iconic their catalogue would be if they stopped, say, after 'Some Girls'?

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1 August 2013
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^I'd put the Stones' end point at It's Only Rock N Roll (that's the last album where I listen to them, nothing after), but that's down to personal preference. For every band like Rush who still put out great albums (like Clockwork Angels from February 2013), there's the Stones or Who pissing on their legacies when they are 2 of the all-time greats.

 

The Beatles, whether 100% by design or not, did it right.

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2 August 2013
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I completely agree.  They have their legacy, and it's just perfect.  heart

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

2 August 2013
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Yes indeed, the Stones were the first band that came to my mind too when I was reading this. They have put out some amazing things but also a lot of crap, especially the last few..well..decades? A lot of their stuff sounds the same and is really boring. The Beatles may not have existed as long as the Rolling Stones, but at least they didn't keep repeating themselves. 

I would have loved another Beatles album. Or two. Or ten. But like everyone says, we don't know what would've happened and what shit they would've put out. So what's happened is fine by me. We've got like what? 12 or 13 albums we can enjoy. That's still a lot more than most bands manage to release these days.

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.

''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.''

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.

7 August 2013
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Beatles Do Disco… Help save us all.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
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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?

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

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.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
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