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THE BEATLES

The Beatles

 

Proto-Prog

4.15 | 536 ratings

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Frasse
3 stars Another landmark of the music that led to the Prog era a few years later.

First of all, this album contains many Rock tracks for being The Beatles: "Back in the U.S.S.R.", "Birthday" and "Helter Skelter" are some of the more famous among them. It also has one of the worst songs of their studio era, "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da".

All in all a very broad record with many different moods. Sometimes it's happy and sometimes it's sad. Sometimes weird and sometimes funnt and sometimes both. Sometimes it rocks and sometimes it freaks out. Sometimes with a message and sometimes pure nonsense.

Highlights of the first side are "Glass Onion", "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" and "Happiness is a Warm Gun". Apart from already mentioned "...U.S.S.R." and "Ob-La-Di...", "While My Guitar Gently Weps" is another hit.

Second side then. Well, according to me, you should have a listen at "Blackbird" (Another hit), "Piggies", and maybe "Don't Pass Me By".

On to the third side and it's highlights; "Birthday", "Helter Skelter", and "Long, Long, Long". No real big hit to be found on this side, "Birthday and "Helter Skelter" are perhaps the best known at least.

Best of the last side are "Revolution 1" (A softer version of the hit single.), the strange atonal "Revolution 9", just for being just that, and "Good Night", the end of the record.

Frasse | 3/5 |

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