I Like Beatles Music
Posted by **Beatles Fan Robert** on Jul 23, 2017 at 3:12:44 PM:
I think there is some mis-understanding about a recent post, concerning my wondering if the Beatles popularity will wane as time goes by and the baby boomer generation thins out.
Let me one thing crystal clear (to para-phrase a great president who resigned in disgrace in 1974).
I have liked and will continue to like the Beatles albums (and singles). I go through periods when I do not listen to any of it, and other times when I do.
It's just that it isn't a priority for me. I am far too involved in other more important stuff.
I may have idolized them just a bit in my adolescense, but I grew out of that as I got older (and hopefully wiser).
And I was just making abservation, one which I thought was pretty self-evident.
To quote the great George Harrison, all things must pass.
Including the relevance and popularity of Beatles relasted news and music, yes, their music too.
Face it. A lot of it has to do with baby boomers spending mega-bucks on every Beatles album released to date. That means the original vinyl, the 1987 first generation CDs, the BBC albums, anthologies, the 2009 remastered stereo and mono box sets, of course the videos (and then the DVD's).
But the inevitable course of history of pop music shows that it will fade out.
It happened to the best of them. Chuck Berry (face it, everyone else, included the Beatles, were derivative of his music), Elvis, Buddy Holly, etc.
The amazing thing about the Beatles wasn't the pre-Beatlemania era (in other words, prior to 1964), or the Cavern and other venues concerts (although from what I've read they had a devoted and fanatic following).
It was the fact that they continued to morph and evolve from Please Please Me through Abbey Road, with some hiccups along the way.
There was Sullivan, Shea, of course, the two major movies (although Hard Day's Night was the high water mark).
The Yellow Submarine album pretty much sucked eggs, but the movie was pretty mind blowing (very contemproray when it was released, and acclaimed).
But post Pepper it began a steady artistic decline, even as record sales belied that.
Fact is though, by the period right around late '68 early '69 they were releasing singles like Get Back and Ballad of John and Yoko that were not in the same league as Hey Jude or I Want to Hold Your Hand (both chart setting in their time).
It took the Paul is Dead rumor to again fuel record sales (a fact that is undisputed).
Despite the immense success that was the White Album, it showed a band that was dissolving into four distinct writers and talents. Very distinct styles and sounds.
Let It Be, the follow up aborted project (originally slated for either late '68 or early '69, as I recall, with a double album containing a booklet, kind of like a box set) originally titled Get Back, to be released alongside the movie.
The movie made it to the theatres (and soon fizzled), the album was shelved, only to be offered to Phil Spector to ressurects in a completed different format and sound.
We would like to believe that Abbey Road was another watershed, but without the two Harrison gems it was a pretty weak album, sans the B side containing the medley.
It was a hodge podge or very average songs with a lush sound, brilliantly engineered by Geoff Emorick and overseen by the great George Martin.
Nobody in the buying market knew it at the end but it was their parting coda. They put whatever they had left into it. And that was the final album, closed by the short snippet of Her Majesty, orginally part of the medley but axed instead.
The aftermath, post Let It Be, has been a plethora of compilations, anthologies, re-releases of videos, DVD's, rare BBC broadcasts, two remasters, a US album box set (culled from the same 2009 remasters with some studio tweeking. And oh yeah, the original Capitol Albums box sets, which was aborted after the second.
And now? Beatles '1', a second Beatles '1' based on the 2009 remasters, a remixed '1'. A remixed Pepper. You get the idea. The endless treadmill of re-releases is upon us, whether we like it or not.
And we continue to scarf it up, and Apple Records/EMI, the children and widows, Starr and McCartney, are so ever grateful.
And just like Elvis and Sinatra it will never end.
There will be new compilations, I guarantee, 50 years from now.
But the immense popularity of the group will wane. It is inevitable. The Baby Boomers will pass on, their progeny will enter middle age. And as for the millenial and whatver the heck you will call babies born after 2009, they will marry, have children, buy homes, and live a life of iTunes and music streaming from Amazon. A song at a time. And spend their money on retirement funds, new homes, cars, college for the kids, etc. And have a lot less disposible income.
I just don't think any of the mania stretching out through 1995 (anthologies) and 2009 (box sets) will be equaled.
That's my opinion.
This is the last message I will post on the topic.
I love debate, discourse. It is what used to be what made this website so fascinating.
Blind adulation and living in the past may be nice for some of you, but I am way too cynical now to see past the many warts of the group as more and more books are written about their excesses, affairs, indulgence in vices, etc.
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