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Do you find that you have become "sanitized" to The Beatles?
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LikeASir
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23 May 2014 - 2.20pm

I still love The Beatles' music, but I feel like I've lost that spark when you hear their songs. I remember the wonderful experience of getting into the band for the first time, hearing all these new songs and playing them over and over again - but now I feel like I've lost that magic. Have any of you felt the same way?

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23 May 2014 - 2.41pm

Some songs yes like Hey Jude but other songs still have the magic

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23 May 2014 - 2.54pm

I don't listen to the full albums in the car much anymore since I listen to the weekend Beatle radio shows, unless there's a particular song I really, really want to hear. That way I can keep the songs "fresh."

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23 May 2014 - 4.12pm

I still love listening to them when the songs come on but havent played a full album thru for a good while - too busy listening to other bands and artists. There is so much out there to hear and discover that to keep playing 250 songs or whatever it is (including the BBC material and outtakes), and whatever variations, seems to be needlessly restrictive.

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23 May 2014 - 4.16pm

Yeah I know what you mean. I don't feel like I've lost "the magic" but its not the same feeling as when I was first getting into the Beatles. My solution is to just delve deeper into obsession- finding more unreleased songs, buying more anthology albums, and learning more about the band which helps to keep the music fresh, and then I rotate the albums in a very calculated way, so I never overplay one album.

You can't stay passionately in love forever, and I think its the same with music/bands. 

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TheOneBeatleManiac
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23 May 2014 - 4.36pm

While I have never stopped liking all Beatles songs, I tend to stop hearing them just for a few days or weeks then go back to hear them and the magic comes back stronger than before. This happened to A Day In The Life, my favorite song, I stopped hearing them along with the Pepper album for a few months, then went back and woof, enjoying them better than ever! a-hard-days-night-john-5

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23 May 2014 - 4.44pm

ADITL i never tire of, same with Within You, Without You. Every time i hear either its as fresh as when i first hear it but better. WYWY and Good Morning Good Morning thru to the end are quite simply stunning pieces of work and one hell of a triple run.

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23 May 2014 - 4.55pm

meanmistermustard said

ADITL i never tire of, same with Within You, Without You. Every time i hear either its as fresh as when i first hear it but better. WYWY and Good Morning Good Morning thru to the end are quite simply stunning pieces of work and one hell of a triple run.

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Me too. Within You Without You is a jaw-dropping experience and Good Morning Good Morning is pure rock fun, and Ringo blasts this song with one of his best drummings ever, especially the ending. a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

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23 May 2014 - 5.54pm

It's hard not to get immunized to those songs when you've heard them all literally hundreds (some of them thousands, surely) of times each over (for some of us) dozens of years - when you can actually "listen" to a song in full without any playback devices other than your brain on which the songs are imprinted by now. Like, when you know not only the words and the melody, but every guitar lick and drum beat, and maybe even every nonexistent record scratch if you grew up accustomed to listening to less-than-pristine vinyl!

[How to make those songs sound fresh and even occasionally revelatory again, then? Well, for me, a good way is to listen to them "altered"...not that I wish to endorse anything that may or may not be illegal, depending on where you live. But it is what it is.]

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Linde
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23 May 2014 - 6.42pm

Yeah, I've heard those songs a hundred times, except for the ones I really don't like obviously, and the spark is gone. I still think ''woah, this is some damn good music'' when I listen to them though. I haven't really listened a lot to the Beatles for a while anymore. 

Although live versions and alternate versions are fun to listen to every now and then, for me they could not replace the original record. So for me that's definitely not a way to keep things fresh. I just hope that magic feeling will return in the future.

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23 May 2014 - 9.10pm

This is basically exactly what I've been feeling. I just started getting back into them music wise when i got the remasters.

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23 May 2014 - 9.31pm

Linde said

Yeah, I've heard those songs a hundred times, except for the ones I really don't like obviously, and the spark is gone. I still think ''woah, this is some damn good music'' when I listen to them though. I haven't really listened a lot to the Beatles for a while anymore. 

Although live versions and alternate versions are fun to listen to every now and then, for me they could not replace the original record. So for me that's definitely not a way to keep things fresh. I just hope that magic feeling will return in the future.

Hey, it did for me! (Without the drugs, even.) When I started posting here, it was only a couple of months since I'd begun listening to Beatles music in earnest for the first time in years. I still considered them my favourites, no question; but I probably hadn't given their stuff any serious listenings since around the time Let It Be...Naked came out. Then those remasters came out, and I got swept up in the excitement all over again. (Just like faceo!) And I went to a wedding reception in October of '09, and when "I Saw Her Standing There" unexpectedly came on, it sounded like the greatest song ever! I spent the next year listening to the Beatles and little else. So if you're anything like me, you'll rediscover the music after you give it a rest for awhile.

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23 May 2014 - 9.49pm

When I first saw the title of this thread, I thought it said "Have I become Satanized to the Beatles?" And I was gonna answer that I didn't think so, although I have been listening to "Baby's In Black" and "Devil In Her Heart" over and over again. Hmm… strange.

Then, of course I re-read the title, and I get it now. And here is how I have been listening to music lately: I set my iPod on "random," whenever I am exercising or working in the yard. Since about one-fourth of all the music on my iPod is by the Beatles, together or solo, then about one out of every four random selections is a Beatles song. And naturally I like every artist on my playlist, (or they wouldn't be on the playlist), so it is like listening to my own personal radio station with no commercial interruptions. What a great way to listen to music. It all sounds very fresh that way. :)

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24 May 2014 - 12.05am

What Von said. The Beatles were boring me, so I started being obsessed with Nirvana, Green Day, Radiohead for a while. Then when I got the remasters a few weeks ago, I'm once again in great Beatles mode/

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24 May 2014 - 3.31am

I definitely still enjoy the music immensely, but hearing the songs for the first time is definitely more of a spark than usual.

Recently I had a large Beatleg on my phone, and had to remove some albums for space. Since they've been gone for about a month when I hear those albums, they're fresher.

I don't think you can ever get to the point where you're completely "sanitized" or bored with the Beatles. But sometimes you need a break, or to only listen to some for a certain amount of time.

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24 May 2014 - 10.44pm

Annadog40 said
Some songs yes like Hey Jude but other songs still have the magic

Agree - and with that song in particular :)

Which is why I usually listen to the albums complete so I hear the less familiar along with the songs that we tend to hear all the time.  Then the solo stuff which adds immensely to the variety.

Plus I am still working through my top 10 artists - just Neil Young and Bob Dylan account for 100+ CDs so I have plenty of variety to keep the fabs fresh next time I get to them (so expect my journey from 1970 to now to take many a day).

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24 May 2014 - 10.48pm

Kind of. Since I am a big Paul McCartney fan, I get periods when I listen to Wings a lot. Kind of in that phase now. What can I say, Paul has spme good solo songs.

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5 June 2014 - 6.59pm

Just a tiny bit.

I have been Beatles fan for around 3 to 4 months now. I still listen to them everyday, it is like an addiction! In the beginning I had this strange thing that the more I listened to a Beatles song, the better it became! You'd think it would be the opposite... For example, I used to dislike "Strawberry Fields Forever" but now I sing it everyday! I am still enjoying The Beatles, I am still discovering new songs and new info. 

Just today I suddenly felt all appreciative and happy and I was watching all these old Beatles videos, so sometimes I just have this sudden Beatles urge (All you need is Beatles!) But other times I have really had enough, and start listening to ABBA... Which is an OK band, I guess. Not even close to The Beatles, but still...

Just a question @LikeASir, how long have you been into The Beatles?

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6 June 2014 - 12.46am

I think in some point of our lives, we all become "sanitized" to the Beatles. George Martin said once (when the box set was released) that the Beatles became "elevator music", and that the re-release of their original music would help to re-discover them. And that's true.

That's why from time to time, I don't listen to the Beatles. Today, after so many months I listened to Abbey Road and I felt goosebumps again with George's voice in Something. a-hard-days-night-george-4a-hard-days-night-george-4

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6 June 2014 - 1.40am

Happens to me a lot too. what I should do is take a Beatle break and listen to other artists for a while to keep it fresh! As fresh as this!apple01

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