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What makes The Beatles the best?
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mr. Sun king coming together
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31 August 2012 - 9.40pm

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

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31 August 2012 - 10.15pm

Never heard that before Sun King.

 

Found this thru a 'beatles rewrites' google search

 

According to Lennon, Any Time At All was a rewrite of It Won’t Be Long. But although the chord progressions may have similarities, the two songs are not the same. (Other Beatles 'rewrites' supposedly include Yes It Is / This Boy, Paperback Writer / Day Tripper and Get Back / Lady Madonna.

 

Would never have thought Get Back was a rewrite of Lady Madonna.

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Von Bontee
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31 August 2012 - 10.16pm

I remember Nicholas Schaffner in "The Beatles Forever" making the claim that "I Will" was a virtual rewrite of "I'll Follow The Sun". No idea how in the hell he got that notion.

(At least, I THINK it was the Schaffner book. But my memory can be faulty and I'd hate to blame the late Mr. Schaffner unjustly.)

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1 September 2012 - 10.02am

Maybe it's just me then because I can't hear the similarities between any of them apart from Yes It Is/ This Boy, I had forgotten about that one.

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Little Piggy Dragonguy
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1 September 2012 - 9.13pm

I always thought Getting Better and Hello Goodbye sounded the same. but I don't think they really do. They just have the same feelings or what.

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2 September 2012 - 12.39am

unknown said
I always thought Getting Better and Hello Goodbye sounded the same. but I don't think they really do. They just have the same feelings or what.

Paul uses the same voice and range for each, and they have the same... bounce.

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I think what makes the Beatles the best is three things:

1. All the things they pioneered.

2. The fact that people of all ages are still listening to them just because they like the music.

3. The fact that all three were very interesting, larger-than-life, opinionated people outside of what they did in music or art.

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love."

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2 September 2012 - 9.44am

Eilwynn said
I think what makes the Beatles the best is three things:

1. All the things they pioneered.

2. The fact that people of all ages are still listening to them just because they like the music.

3. The fact that all three were very interesting, larger-than-life, opinionated people outside of what they did in music or art.

 

I don´t think they´re the best because people are still listening to them. In fact, for me, it´s the other way around. People are still listening to them because they are the best! Then again, maybe it´s the same thing. a-hard-days-night-paul-8

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Eilwynn said
I think what makes the Beatles the best is three things:

1. All the things they pioneered.

2. The fact that people of all ages are still listening to them just because they like the music.

3. The fact that all three were very interesting, larger-than-life, opinionated people outside of what they did in music or art.

Who's the odd one out? Surely not Ringo. a-hard-days-night-ringo-7a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

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

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fabfouremily
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2 September 2012 - 6.14pm

Aww poor Ringo.
People always forget Ringo.a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

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3 September 2012 - 12.44am

So I am not discounting the music, always the music, at the same I think the intangible thing that catapulted the Beatles to icon status is that somehow they invited people into what they were doing. Meaning, somehow, you felt included.

Consider, from the very beginning there was the concept of "the fifth Beatle". I know of no other group where people talked who was the outside person that completed the group. No one ever claimed to be the "sixth Rolling Stone" for example.

Consider how often John would state later how so many people claimed "they were the Beatles" (check Lennon Remember interview) yet he insisted no one else really was a part except the 4 of them. Even look at the Imagine film where that guy shows up at John's door thinking that the Beatles were talking to him. Eerily prophetic of Charles Manson.

George always complained about a lack of privacy, that people just felt like they knew him when they didn't.

I could go on and on, but again I think what made them so unique is that somehow they made people feel like a part of the group. Which is so many mourned the break-up, why so many prayed for a reunion, and why, we ourselves, participate in sites like this one. Because we take it personal.

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3 September 2012 - 8.46am

Just to elaborate further on whar robert said. I don't know about anybody else but I feel sometimes as if the songs are directed at me, like they're singing it to me. Which I get with few other songs by other bands/artists.

Moving along in our God given ways, safety is sat by the fire/Sanctuary from these feverish smiles, left with a mark on the door.

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Little Piggy Dragonguy
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4 September 2012 - 8.08pm

meanmistermustard said

Eilwynn said
I think what makes the Beatles the best is three things:

1. All the things they pioneered.

2. The fact that people of all ages are still listening to them just because they like the music.

3. The fact that all three were very interesting, larger-than-life, opinionated people outside of what they did in music or art.

Who's the odd one out? Surely not Ringo. a-hard-days-night-ringo-7a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

The odd one out was probably supposed to be John, because he wasn't very opinionated or larger-than life outside of The Beatles.

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