10 June 2015
I was also 10 years old on Feb. 9th 1964. I bought/listened to all of the US albums and singles in release order with one exception. My aunt bought me my first Beatle album, but Meet The Beatles! was sold out at Woolworths so she got me The Beatles' Second Album instead. It was ok though (You know you should be glad!)
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You and I have memories
Longer than the road that stretches out of here
9 August 2011
Yay, there are 2 of us! (lifting latches)
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1 December 2009
Von Bontee said
more worthwhile is the dollar I pay for a used Rubber Soul 8-track, found at a rummage sale while visiting relatives during Thanksgiving.. Almost everything besides "Norwegian Wood " and "Michelle " is unheard, and it's all enthralling, even considering Capital's meddling and an altered track listing (common with 8-tracks) that opens with "Think For Yourself ". After my last few relatively disappointing additions, I'm once again left shaking my head at the greatness of "In My Life ", "The Word ", "If I Needed Someone " - hell, all of it. They've done it again, those Beatles! A 10.
Ok, gotta correct that - that song isn't on the Capitol album and it wasn't on the 8-track. But I did hear it for the first time on Detroit radio sometime around then, I woke up to those lovely chiming guitars and harmonies, and recognized our boys, and the title when sung. It would've been among my last few "new" Beatles tracks.
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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions, Marvin Gaye. PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty.
3 July 2020
I've explained my listening journey in the introducing thread already but I'll try to go a little deeper here.
I've been Born on December 31st 1986 in the east of Germany (German Democratic Republic) when it was still the socialistic part. So western Music wasnt that popular or spread and to come by until the early 90's around my place.
My parents, my father (Born in 1964) especially liked the rock Kind of Music but he was more into stuff like Deep Purple, Pink Floyd (LOVE THE WALL!!!) and stuff like that. He was a teen in the 70's when those bands were big so this was what he tried to get on Radio and record whenever they played it. The Beatles themself were never on his record or interest. So I've always been in contact with a more classic Kind of Music from my early years on.
I've been into the more classic Kind of Rock Music since I was Little. I've loved the Music of the 50's, 60's, 70's since I was a teen and discovered Music, Oldies played a huge part of my life Soundtrack. I remember watching the Lemon Popsicle movies and adoring their Music and always listening to Radio stations featuring Oldies.
I remember when they released Elvis 30 Number One Hits (the Golden Cover) they played In the Ghetto on Radio stations many times. I loved that song (still do). I got a Magazine where they had a Special Disc with 2 Songs of the new CD and I played it up and down until I got the complete Disc. From that on I started to get interested in Elvis and his history and became a big fan, wearing the hair like Elvis in the 50's, only wearing Shirts with the collar up and so one. I was know as Elvis at my School. During my Research and Exploration of Elvis' life I often came around the Beatles. How they met him, how they saw him, how he saw them and how he influenced them and how him and they influenced Music in General. I've known some Songs from them, the very known common ones everybody knows (She loves you, Let it Be, Help , Mr. Postman) and thought them as rivals to Elvis. I didnt like them much though I liked the Songs I knew. I never really listend to them in a serious way though and payed them no Special Attention. I collected some Elvis CDs and Books and got some of his movies on DvD. He was the Music Idol of my Youth and everyone else was below him in my mind.
When I grew older (loosing my hair (literally)) I started to open up to other stuff. I started working out a lot and got used to listening to for me unknown (and known of course too) Music during my work outs. So I was always searching for more stuff to listen to. I dont know how I came by it but I've read that the best Album of all time according to the Rolling Stones was Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. I googled it and loved the Artwork and that got me interested in that Album. I researched it and was interested that it was like the first ever concept Album. I just got off discovering Pink Floyds THE WALL (even attended two THE WALL concerts of Roger Waters later) and Roger Waters "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking" so the idea of listening to the very first ever concept Album allured to me. I was honstely suprised that was from the Beatles, a band I didnt pay that much Attention to before and had not thought of beeing that revolutionary. I researched them and discovered their discography. I was around 24 or 25 then. So I decided not start with Sgt. Pepper but with their first LP, Please Please Me . I knew a friend collected all Kinds of Music and he had the digital copies of their LPs. I got them on my Ipod Nano (the first one with the Screen) and started listening to them in chronoligcal order. I consider myself lucky I did so because I loved how i discovered and explored their Musical Evolution exactly how it happend. I was suprised by their first Albums. Many Songs I knew from listening to on the Radio but I didnt pay much Attention to before. Stuff like A Hard Days Night. I Want To Hold Your Hand , Eight Days A Week and so were familiar but never connected to the Beatles. And it was exactly the Kind of Music I loved from Elvis and other 50's and 60's Bands. What suprised and awestruck me was how they reinvented themself with Rubber Soul and Taxmen and when I came to Sgt. Pepper and listend to that I was mindblown. I think I've never enjoyed listening to an Album as much as Pepper. Lovely Rita and A Day In The Life were so remarkable, The the Benefit of Mr Kite was so unique, The Intro and Reprise were pure Rock and With A Little Help From My Friends I only knew from Joe Cocker but I immidiatly prefered the Beatles Version. It was pure Gold. By that time I had fallen for them. Magical Mystery Tour was another outstanding LP, Strawberry Fields Forever I listend to up and down for hours. The White Album , Abbey Road and Let it Be made the circle complete and by reaching Past Masters they had me completely. I say it again: it is amazing, how they made Pop Music as artistic and sophisticaded as they did. They reinvented everything and developed themselfs into a Kind of arthouse band which made the most beautiful and creative Music of their time and all time and revolutionized the whole Music.
I dont have a favorite Album. Everyone stands for a specific time of their carrer and had a Vision. Every Album as its uniqe style and represents an era of the Beatles and of Music and history. I love them all. And still to this day I dont pick up a specific Album. I listen to them in chronological order and relive their Revolution and Evolution (besides listening to #1, the red or Blue Album or Anthology or Live At The BBC ).
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For the Benefit of Mr. Kyle
9 August 2011
That is a great, great story.
You open a door - and a whole world opens up.
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