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The Beatles



3.35 | 106 ratings

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2 stars Yes, it is early Beatles (ad infinitum, ad nauseum) and their pop / rock and roll hits. And what a lot there are.

Good bits - well they all are really. I could do without Yellow Submarine (as a kid I hated kid oriented songs) - I actually dug Cream, the Everly Bros! Tull and Uriah Heep! and kiddie songs felt so patronising - an emotion it took extensive vocabulary development to identify. But that was just mean old Mustard me. But it (Yellow) U Boat) is a hit so therefore... But the guitar riff in Day Tripper is very cool to hear and play. Oddly the Beatles aren't a great riff band and I am a riff fan. But they could sing very well, not something many bands can do! Shame I prefer instrumental music and have way more UZ in my collection.

So what of this dislike of the Beatles+ I can understand that. Oddly music does bring out antipathy more than any other emotion - odd considering they are not doing anyone any harm. It may be this (to me ) mindless acceptance (imposed by prominent media manipulators trying to keep that status quo that The Beatles are the greatest etc and we should all get in line, no dissenting opinions etc.

Nah. Make up your own mind and the hell with Rolling Stone etc. Like, or don't like it. Whatever. You have a choice and can change your mind.

There is one thing that really annoys me about this release. (no, not because it is not an art rock album) it's just over an hour long. On 2 CDs! I know it's been marketed and sold as a 2 volume set since '73 but either expand it (to the point where just about their first 4 albums would fill it out... or be honest and issue it on 1 CD.

You'll probably know the songs as the Beatles are part of the fabric of society. Just don't let EMI or any record company stitch you up!

1.5 stars. Well done 1962 - 66 Beatles hits, hardly a bad album in its context, fine as a 1 CD compilation. But... not expanded, not issued on 1 CD and its very expensive. Why? N.B. the review stars are for the album issue brevity not for the content.

uduwudu | 2/5 |


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