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How to rediscover the Beatles?
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kedame
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20 August 2012 - 5.38am

jackhayman said

minime said

Of course, if you really want to, you could listen to some music you don't like and then marvel at how wonderful the Beatles are; on a second thought, maybe not. As much as it aches me to admit it, there are lots of other great bands over there, some you might not have noticed yet, it doesn't take anything away from the Beatles to listen to something else for a change, really. 

And yeah, it's not good to be obsessed over one thing, either. What I mean is, it's not just the music, it's the movies, thousands of books, musical notes you can try to decipher, photographs, interviews, tv shows...a-hard-days-night-john-6 Beatles fans sure have lot to choose from

I also like Bob Dylan, The Floyd, John solo and George. Any others you'd recommend?

If you like Paul, there is also a wealth of bootleg/unreleased material to find. Digging and finding something new is the best part of loving the Beatles or their solo work. You won't be disappointed...

"You can manicure a cat but can you caticure a man?"

John Lennon- Skywriting by Word of Mouth

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SatanHimself
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20 August 2012 - 5.40am

(EDIT) - I took too long to reply.  This is in response to Dipsy!

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That's my favourite era, since you mention it.

 

I think that a lot of the love comes from an emotional connection to the squandered potential of the post-'Pet Sounds' / pre-nostolgia-act era.  There were loads of great songs, but they were sadly surrounded by lots of inept songwriting and half-assed production.

A big problem was that the Beach Boys themselves were not 'cool'.  They were basically out-of-touch with pop culture after 1966, and the band struggled with Mike Love's corny 1950s values and half-baked TM mantras, Brian's leftover bits of awesomeness, Al Jardine's vacantness, Carl's R&B influences, Bruce Johnston's session-man vibe and Dennis' heart-broken scruffy bad-boy image.

Each one of those elements make a good album, but once you mash them all together all you get is a big mess.

 

But that being said, I listen to the Beach Boys with a heavy heart, knowing that they were one George Martin away from true greatness.  I love the things that I love and I look for the bits and pieces that make those albums special.  

I think to be a true fan of the Beach Boys, you need to have lost a great deal of things in your life.  Much of their finest music is best understood by those who are very sad.

To wit:  Mike Love's finest moment.  A pastoral ode to the simple beauty of nature.  The first part of the somewhat wonky 'California' trilogy, here is "Big Sur": 

E is for 'Ergent'.

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kedame
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20 August 2012 - 5.44am

The Anthology is still available. http://www.amazon.com/The-Beat.....hology+dvd

I bought a used set, and I have never watched the one I bought. I checked it out from the library before I got my copy, and I just haven't had the time to watch it again. If you don't want to buy it, chances are there is a library near by that has it.

"You can manicure a cat but can you caticure a man?"

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20 August 2012 - 11.50am

Have just got a whole pile of Beach Boys outtakes from the Summer Days (And Summer Nights) album along with other stuff from around that time. From what ive heard so far it looks to be quite a good listen.

My biggest mistake regarding the Beach Boys was listening to one of their greatest hits cds years ago as i hate their early surfing crap - man i hope SDASN doesnt turn out to be in the same vein as Surfing USA.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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20 August 2012 - 11.56am

SatanHimself said

Every January I listen to the Beach Boys discography in order, even the crap.  And there was a lot of crap...

 

I feel bad for the Beach Boys.  They zigged so many times when they should have clearly zagged.

So True.
When I say I've been on a Beach Boys kick, it more so means I've been on a Pet Sounds kick.
Guilty... :O

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20 August 2012 - 12.29pm

It took me years to get the courage to listen to Sloop John B which was on a 60s compilation. It is such a fabulous song with great harmonies and production.

It sums up the Get Back sessions for me "Let me go home! Why dont they let me go home? This is the worst trip ive been on"".

 

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of "self" to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)

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20 August 2012 - 1.46pm

SatanHimself said
Every January I listen to the Beach Boys discography in order, even the crap.  And there was a lot of crap...

 

I feel bad for the Beach Boys.  They zigged so many times when they should have clearly zagged.

Even Summer in Paradise? God, I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

Why every January, incidentally? I know a lot of people would consider the Beach Boys a quintessentially summery band but I actually prefer listening to them at Christmas, or when it's snowing. I find Pet Sounds, with all its bells and jingles and jangles and whistles and ethereal melodies, suits the winter season best and I always bust the record out on Dec 25th.

SHUT UP - Paulie's talkin'

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20 August 2012 - 5.13pm

Have you tried listening to the artists that inspired the Beatles?  Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, early Elvis, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, et al.  I do that sometimes.  Listen to the songs that put the fire in the Beatles.  Sometimes I listen to Mozart.  Actually the Beatles got me into classical music.

 

But no matter what I listen to, when I come back home to the Beatles, it's like, "Wow, this is great stuff"

 

Good luck

I know you know what you know, but you should know by now that you're not me ~ Ron Nasty

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