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I'm glad The Beatles never reunited.
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.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
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. 

"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)
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.?

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
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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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.

"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)
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. 

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

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.

"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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