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The Beatles in The Times (UK)
3 June 2016
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ewe2 said
 And William Mann’s review of Abbey Road is really quite weird. This new-fangled stereo thing is great, but where’s the lyrics sheet?!

Yeah, who the hell calls ‘Here Comes The Sun ‘ ‘slow and torrid’?! It’s absurdly brisk. 

I did like his description of the return of ‘YNGMYM’ toward the end of the Medley as ‘satisfying as the return of that ten-bob note you’ve been missing for a week’ (up Mean Mr Mustard ‘s nose, perhaps?) a-hard-days-night-george-10

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Yeah, I love the William Mann articles. He was a learned music critic who seemed to really love pop music, as well as the classical stuff that was the more traditional domain of the Times.

I’ve read a few contemporary reviews of Beatles albums, and they’re always interesting. Nobody knew what would happen next, and critics often got the who-did-what information wrong. It’s not really fair to gripe too much about it, because we’ve got better knowledge and perspective – it’s more instructive to just see them as the first of many people to look for meaning.

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He’s the one John was making fun of for the Aeolian cadences, I think. I’ve read some of his other Beatles criticism, but didn’t expect to read such a wonky one even from him. But he was brave to make those musical connections too, way before anyone would dare.

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3 June 2016
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Yes, the Aolian cadence piece is on page one, post number nine, number nine.

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3 June 2016
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@Joe – loving these articles!

May I selfishly ask that #4 be fixed? I can’t seem to open it as a new link and can’t read it. Just curious to read it because it was from the day before I was born.

Many thanks for posting all of these. mal-evans

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I always loved this article regarding the 1962 Red Parlophone Love Me Do single

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I know a lot of you folks know where this article came from……..

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These are great.

Somewhere, I have a collection of the NY Times articles regarding the Beatles.

When I get them, I’ll post them too.

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4 June 2016
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@Zig I can’t fix the #4 image right now, but try this direct link: https://www.beatlesbible.com/w…..etch-3.jpg

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Into the Sky with Diamonds said

Somewhere, I have a collection of the NY Times articles regarding the Beatles.

When I get them, I’ll post them too.  

I enjoy reading first hand accounts just as much as those written in hindsight. Many thanks to Joe and Ahhh Girl for their respective newspaper article based threads. Thanks in advance to Into the Sky with Diamonds for his willingness to post his NYT articles.

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Joe said
This is the famous “Aeolian cadence” article by William Mann. Friday 27 December 1963; page 4:

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Thanks for that Joe. It’s an article that is frequently quoted for the “Aeolian cadence” line however its a far more powerful appraisal of the band as a whole than I ever remember it to be. I wonder just how many of those who thought the Beatles were just noisy troublemakers ruining the youngsters read that article and decided to actually listen to the music; looking, for once, beyond the too long haircuts and screaming wildly out of control fans. 
 

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