Since I started collecting Beatles music I have come to realize that they are more than just a favorite band to me. I was ten and just becoming aware of music when they hit the scene. Their music was so dominant and they were so quick in releasing new songs that nobody else could compete with their presence. And the songs they released were all good! They basically defined music for me for the first seven years that I paid attention to music. I listen to the songs today and there are virtually none that I don't recognize from the music even if I don't recognize the title. Listening to their music brings back a lot of memories, but I can't honestly pinpoint the time and place I first heard them. I think the most likely place was on the Ed Sullivan Show. As I recall, the first record I ever bought was a 45 rpm single of “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Please Mister Postman”. I don’t relate The Beatles’ early stuff with girls, though - at my age at that time, girls were icky, and suspected carriers of “cooties”! Its only now, in hindsight, that I see most of their early music was sung to or about girls and relationships with them. NOW they tell me! By the time I was developing an interest in girls, The Beatles were evolving musically through Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour. The White Album made some musical excursions that kind of turned me off, i.e. Helter Skelter, Long Long Long and Revolution 9. My reaction to Yellow Submarine (album and animated movie) was “Huh????”. I personally think they peaked with Abbey Road; and Let It Be was mostly a “curtain call”. I still love most of their music and I never seem to get tired of listening to them.
Golden Slumbers (Abbey)
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Favorite track(s)- this week: 1) If I Fell: I LOVE the harmonies John and Paul sang. 2) I Feel Fine: The feedback opening is truly unique! 3) Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End: I always play them together, this is one reason why: Chris Bliss juggling finale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR85sFAg22c
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My favorite Beatles' album changes from time to time with two exceptions - never Yellow Submarine, seldom the White Album. I like Abbey Road right now because it is the Beatles at their musical peak.