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I'm Just a Bitter Aging Baby Boomer

Posted by **Beatles Fan Robert** on Jun 27, 2017 at 2:36:14 PM:

I've said before, I think the Beatles "empire" has turned into a money making machine, making the group part of what I call the Elvis Factor. By that I mean endless compilations, versions of past albums (remastered, remastered-remastered, remixed remastered remastered, you get the idea). Where the hell could the average beginner begin? It just gets to be a dizzying maze of epic proportions.

Other groups have done the same again, of course, so they are not guilty of an original sin. But it muddies the waters, and I, having experience them from their birth to their death, in real time, am saddened by it. The only true essentials as far as I am concerned was the 1994 Live at the BBC and the 1996 anthologies, CD's and videos. They completed the legacy. As Martin said it at the time, now the well was (truly) dry, and there would be no more new albums. He was a pretty lousy prognosticator as it turned out, even being at least partially guilty of the horribly dreadful Love soundtrack (my god, "mashing" their songs together to create some absurd noise? I think I will mash together Milton and Vonnegut and call it Slaughter House Lost).

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