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The Beatles



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Tony Fisher
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3 stars I must confess, I never considered The Beatles to be progressive in the true sense but, since they're here, they must be treated on merit. This album was hugely influential at the time and is rated by some as a masterpiece. Not, I'm afraid, by me. It is a fairly turgid collection of songs; looking back, tracks like When I'm Sixty Four, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and the title track are really not that good, even if they broke ground at the time. The musicianship is also way behind the standards of those shortly to follow, though George Harrison has his moments, and neither Lennon nor McCartney are vocalists of real quality. High points are She's Leaving Home and For the Benefit of Mr Kite; the rest is not bad but doesn't inspre me to want to get the album out and play it.

Let us not forget, this band made it's name on a tidal wave of pop and female adulation. Later attempts to be more creative were welcome but not actually that good; because they were the "great" Beatles it was way over-hyped. I always thought it was a case of "The Emperor's New Clothes" - plenty of image but little real substance. Overall, 2.5* which I'll round up to 3 purely because of it's influence.

Tony Fisher | 3/5 |


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