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THE BEATLES

The Beatles

 

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4.15 | 537 ratings

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Menswear
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5 stars Desert Island Material.

Finally! The Beatles on ProgArchives. And it's about freaking time, since this album has more progressive elements than many albums by Queen, Rush or even Yes. No serious prog collection is complete without 3 or 4 Beatles records. No kidding. The White Album could've made the most fantastic album of all-time...as a single album. Scrape off some 'filler' song (like Cry Baby Cry or Good Night and more, you'll see) and you'll discover the ultimate double album of all time, and probably the most successful.

Many pop moments (courtesy of McCarthney) are sweetening the whole pattern, but in the core, this leads to absolute genius experimentation with the little help from their friends (Clapton, Jagger, Richards). Too many classics on one album, this is too good to be true, I tell you.

Take Helter Skelter, the first 'heavy metal' tune as we know it; Rocky Raccoon and it's cool honky tonk atmosphere; Happiness is a Warm Gun as terribly destructive and double-edged; and the ultimate technological prodigy of the era: Revolution Number 9.

So much progressive goodies and the super popish and oh so catchy grooves that we all know and love is making me choose this as the ultimate Beatles experience.

Groovy, explosive, experimental and terribly addictive, period.

Menswear | 5/5 |

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