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Old 02-10-2011, 12:13 AM   #31
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I'm pretty whacked out on the Bugs man. Everyone, or just about everyone and I include myself....we comment on how they changed culture. How they influenced the social and political minds of more than one generation.

But have you listened to their music. I mean REALLY listened to their music? They were a phenomena! And you could see them evolve from one album to the next. When it came to a songwriting team, I think the only duo to challenge John and Paul would have to be Don and Glenn. And as much as I love what Don and Glenn have done, I think they are still in the shadow of what Paul and John did.

I think Joe is right on the button when he says something to the effect of "If you want to learn Music....study everything the Beatles have ever done!"

Okay, it's late. I'm taking my meds now and heading for bed!
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:55 PM   #32
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I heard two Beatles tracks yesterday - All My Loving & The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill. The endless wit & invention of these men and the way the music evolved from joyous love songs to weird stories & sound collages never ceases to amaze me. They are the benchmark against which all rock music should be judged.

Sadly, I don't think Henley/Frey really measures up to Lennon/ McCartney. Their body of work as a duo in terms of songwriting is not actually that big. To be honest I think more valid comparisons would be Jagger/Richards & Page/Plant. I wish there were much more Henley/Frey than there is.
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:25 PM   #33
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I agree Julie, They've certainly had an impact on me, and I wasn't around during their heyday.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:11 PM   #34
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The endless wit & invention of these men and the way the music evolved from joyous love songs to weird stories & sound collages never ceases to amaze me. They are the benchmark against which all rock music should be judged.
I agree totally.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:59 PM   #35
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I also agree that Lennon and McCartney that are in a league all by themselves in terms of the quanity and quality of their body of work and definitely set the bar for all who followed.

Now, as far as Henley and Frey - while they were not that prolific in terms of the quantity of work they produced, the quality of their overall body of work is almost unsurpassed, IMHO.
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:28 AM   #36
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Good grief, I can't believe I haven't seen this thread before. I guess I spent FAAAAAAAAAAR too much time away from The Border.

The Beatles are, without a doubt, my favourite group/band. The Eagles come a close second, but I've loved The Beatles since my childhood.

I was 12 years old when my mother hauled out two seven singles of "Can't Buy Me Love"/"You Can't Do That" (1964) and "Oh Darling"/Ob-la-di Ob-la-da" (1968 at my request, as I'd started listening to their music whenever I heard it on the radio. She also had a seven single of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord"/"Isn't It A Pity", taken from his 1970 triple album "All Things Must Pass".

Two years later, I became Beatles obsessed, a passion that was exceeded only by my obsession with Elvis Presley. But even he took a backseat while I became engrossed in all things Beatles for a great part of my high school career.

John Lennon is my favourite Beatle - I just love his powerful voice, that could cover anything from "Twist And Shout" to "In My Life". He was an exceptional songwriter at his best, writing some timeless classics like the post-Beatles gems "Imagine" and "Jealous Guy", not to mention "Woman" and "(Just Like) Starting Over". I love his sense of humour - so quick-witted and clever, and last but not least, I think he was just gorgeous and sexy - in the pre-Yoko years ().

One of my biggest dreams is to see Paul McCartney live in concert, but sadly, I don't think that dream will ever come true. Just another legend who doesn't grace South African waters... how sad. Paul has the same ability John had for singing and writing a variety of songs - from "I'm Down" to "Yesterday". As far as I can remember, he recorded the latter two songs on the same day. I also love his work with Wings, and my favourite is "My Love". Wow, Linda was a lucky girl to have a song like that written about her.

George Harrison - ahhh. The world's most underrated guitarist. Boy, could he PLAY! And that sweet voice, that just added dimensions to the Lennon/McCartney harmonies. Of course, George wrote one of the most covered songs of all time, "Something" - legends like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Shirley Bassey recorded it, amongs many others. Paul McCartney mentioned once that he thought it a great compliment when Frank Sinatra commented that "Something" was his favourite Lennon/McCartney composition!

Oh yes, and did I mention that I think both Paul and George were completely gorgeous. Paul, even at his age (68, is able to make my knees weak. He's still got it!

Richard Starkey - or Ringo Starr, as we have come to know him - the world's most underrated drummer!! In addition to his sweet nature and sense of humour, he is an excellent musician. The Beatles were not The Beatles before Ringo joined them. Listening to recordings that featured their previous drummer, Pete Best, there is just no comparison, with all due respect to Pete Best. Ringo helped to create what we have come to know as the Beatles sound.

Okay, before I go on and on, I'd better stop now. I must say, I rather enjoyed sharing that! I just wish I had more time to spend on The Border!
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What a wonderful tribute Mrs F. Can you just 'imagine' what more John could have given us?
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As a child in the 60's with 3 older sisters, I grew up listening to the Beatles and loved everything they did. One of my sisters still has every 7" single and all the albums. I have a few of my own.

I was lucky enough to see Wings in concert in Brighton on my 18th Birthday. Amazing. Best family birthday party I have ever missed lol.

In the last year at her Junior school, (year 6) my oldest daughter got to study the Beatles as part of the National Curriculum. She grew to love them too and bought a greatest hits CD of her own that she still has and plays on her i-pod. Sadly they didn't repeat those school lessons 2 years later when her little sister was in year 6, and she still hasn't discovered the magic of them yet.
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The sad thing about growing old is that inevitably, I find myself longing for the years that I got only glimpsed as a result of the way I was raised. Oh, I knew what was going on, but I wanted to be a part of it instead of a spectator! On the other hand, I was privileged to be there when it was happening and I wouldn't trade those memories for anything!

I was not allowed to buy any of the albums or 45's by any R&R musicians (nor any Blues either). I had my little transistor radio though and would spend hours channel hopping the AM dial, wading through the static hearing nothing but MoTown while searching for the few moments of Beatles.

The Beatles were a big part of that period of Jr and Sr School for me. They were, well, different! I didn't really care much for anything other than Blues back before the Beatles. And I didn't win any popularity contests because of my infatuation with Blues Music....you can imagine what it was called by the kids I was in school with....kids are NASTY creatures and our school was no exception.

I cannot make any adverse comment about anything Mrs Frey documented.

Brilliant.
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What a wonderful tribute Mrs F. Can you just 'imagine' what more John could have given us?
Thank you, PM! Yes, John was in a creative resurgence when he was murdered. After his 5-year hiatus (when he spent time as a "househusband", raising his second son, Sean), he put out "Double Fantasy", which features wonderful songs like the aforementioned "Woman", "(Just Like) Starting Over" as well as "Watching The Wheels". The irony of this album is that it didn't sell as well as it could have before his death, due to the number of Yoko Ono songs on it as well (with apologies to all Yoko fans). The posthumous album, "Milk And Honey", also features songs that John recorded during that period.

I must say, I'm not really a fan of some of the work John put out just after The Beatles split. In my opinion, he was losing his musicality and becoming too focused on politics, which also landed him in some hot water. "Imagine" is the only album of his from the early '70s that I own.

Paul was the more commercially minded of the two, and reaped the benefits thereof. I'm also not a fan of everything Paul put out as a solo artist, but I think he pipped John to the post regarding commercial success, if we are to measure such things. Paul wrote some wonderful, tuneful songs post-Beatles, both with Wings and solo. "Maybe I'm Amazed" is just one example of such material.
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