The Sanity of The Beatles

19 Mar


After being “idolized”, I need to get The Beatles back into perspective. Feel free to add your sanity-saving cuts….


Saw Her Standing There

Norweigan Wood

Don’t Let Me Down

And Your Bird Can Sing (Revolver Session)

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Oh Darlin’!

and finally, this is the ONLY person who should EVER sing Yesterday, period.



Posted by on March 19, 2008 in the beatles


27 responses to “The Sanity of The Beatles

  1. Shrewspeaks

    March 19, 2008 at 10:03 am

    The passion the story…the mix of lyrics and melody…haunting

  2. Shrewspeaks

    March 19, 2008 at 10:05 am

  3. music maven

    March 19, 2008 at 10:37 am

    There really aren’t very many “bad” Beatles tunes. Music with depth, peeps. That’s what stands the test of time.

    The Beatles number one single…..


  4. music maven

    March 19, 2008 at 11:08 am

    What could have been if The Beatles would have been cleared for American Idol in 2006 instead of 2008.

    Don’t Let Me Down

    Here Comes the Sun

  5. Bama

    March 19, 2008 at 11:10 am

    My Favorite.

    I was surprised that such an obscure Beatle’s tune was chosen…and by Carly. I thought she did a nice job with it….but none can touch the original…acoustic version.

  6. Colette

    March 19, 2008 at 11:27 am

    wooooooo wooooooooo Great antidote MM!!!

    At first I read your title as “the sanctity” of the Beatles. Sanity is even better, but both are right!

    This was the music I grew up on (dating myself, but that’s not new), and which I saw sweep and delight the country, after the absolute horror of the JFK assassination.

    I love it now when I see younger people, my own daughter and her friends, etc., discover the riches in the Beatles legacy — be it through their recordings, or the movies “Help” or “Across the Universe” or (in a sadly inept form) “American Idol.”

    The Beatles were amazing because of the wonderful crazy-quilt of their personalities, their utter coolness, but most of all their lushly harmonized, truly inventive music — which, by the way, was perfected via years of playing crappy little gigs together in Germany and all over England. They were a great LIVE band, and if you get the expanded edition of the “Let It Be” CD, you hear them talking wistfully about hitting the road again — which, tragically, they didn’t do after their celebrity made it so hard (especially in an era of terrible stadium acoustics).
    So much to love, I could go on and on. But here’s some of my favorite live cuts. The boys could rock’n roll, they could sing sweet, and they could blow your mind:

    Hard Day’s Night — live in Paris:

    Please Please Me — live on the BBC

    one of my ABSOLUTE favorites — Things We Said Today — live in Indianapolis

    And another fave, “Ticket to Ride” — at an awards concert in London:

    If I Fell

  7. Colette

    March 19, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Sorry — the “If I Fell” wasn’t as good quality sound as the others, so I chopped it.

  8. Shrewspeaks

    March 19, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    AND The Beatles…best cover band ever

    Long Tall Sally

    Roll Over Beethoven

    Words of love

  9. Shrewspeaks

    March 19, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Which it was through the Beatles influences that I learned so much about music…

    It seems they are the epi center of all of these influences from Little Richard (The Girl Can’t Help It) and Buddy Holly as well as Dylan and the Beach Boys. The responded to the like of Django Reinhardt and reveled in the mystic of eastern sitar movements. They were like tuning forks responding to immediate surroundings and reflecting them in a forward motion of sound and lyric complexity.

    MM, you ask what would have been. Indeed, if the Beatles had stuck together like the Stones have…what would have been indeed?

  10. Shrewspeaks

    March 19, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Imagine if you will the Beatle reflection of Nirvana or Pearl Jam…or could they have kept up?

  11. music maven

    March 19, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Shrewsy — did you click the links regarding my question? I meant if The Beatles had been a theme night on AI in 2006.

    You know, of course Taylor would have smashed it out of the park, but think about Elliott doing Oh Darlin’, Bucky doing She Loves Me, Daughtry on My Guitar Gently Weeps and even dear McPhee on Hey Jude.

    Jus’ sayin’.

  12. music maven

    March 19, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    The best Cover Song by the best cover band.

  13. Shrewspeaks

    March 19, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    I did…but well…I wanted to just ask anyway.

    So, why can the Beatles do great cover versions of other people’s songs but very few can do justice to their songs?

    Great cover’s of Beatles Tunes include:
    With A little Help

    Here Comes The Sun

    and to bring it all full circle

  14. Colette

    March 19, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Shrew! Yes, great points! When you consider john & paul met as teens and (with others) lasted more than 10 years — well, in the pop annals, that ain’t too shabby. And look what they left us! more than 200 great songs.

    MM: OK, here’s what I would have loved to see the 2006 and 2007 AI people I liked sing from the Beatles:

    Taylor — a very soulful “Lady Madonna” or awailin’ “The Night Before”

    Elliott — ” “We Can Work It Out”? Definitely “It’s Only Love”

    Ace Young — he would have known what to do with “I Saw Her Standing There” — and had sexy fun with “Do You Want to Know a Secret”

    Paris Bennett — “I Call Your Name” (this is a great song for anybody

    Season 2007

    Melinda — “Wait” (a song someone should have done this year) or “Baby, It’s You”

    LaKisha — “Let it Be” — Wow! She would have smoked that one

  15. Colette

    March 19, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    And the best cover by the best cover band? I agree, “Twist and Shout” is a the top of the heap.

    chuck berry’s “Rock ‘n Roll Music” in Paris —


  16. Shrewspeaks

    March 19, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Why are Beatle tunes so hard to cover well?

    So great covers worth a mention:
    With A little Help

    Here Comes The Sun

    Sgt Peppers This one is mind blowing. As I heard the tale, the album Sgt Peppers was released earlier in the week. Paul went to see this new talent Jimi on Saturday. In the middle of a medley, Jimi tagged Sgts Pepper in his own style. Crazy huh?

    and It comes full circle here

  17. Colette

    March 20, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Yes, Aretha nailed it. Sorry, but the Jimi H. clip has been removed — know where else I can see it? I’d love to

    And talk about full circle: Sean Lennon with Rufus Wainwright, singing “This Boy”:

  18. Colette

    March 20, 2008 at 12:26 am

    woops, that clip didn’t work — here’s another that does — Sean with Rufus and Moby also doing a beautiful version of “This Boy”:

    and Rufus Wainwright’s WONDERFUL version of “Across the Universe”, from the soundtrack of “I Am Sam”:

  19. Shrewspeaks

    March 20, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Colette…looks like the Jimi clip is up.

    I love the Sean and Rufus combo stuff. In fact, that lead me to surf to an interview with Sean. What a grounded but melancholy man! He believes there is sadness in true beauty…A sunset is only sweet because of it’s passing out of existence. Deep guy.

  20. colette

    March 20, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Yes, Shrew, consider all this young man has been through and how gracefully he’s handled it.

    Also, since I know what a “maven” you are, may I recommend ALL the “Beatles in Paris” clips on youtube and all the Beatles in Indianapolis (unusually good quality)…..they’re fantastic.

  21. Shrewspeaks

    March 20, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Ooooh…great I will be watching those!

  22. Colette

    March 21, 2008 at 2:16 am

    Thanks for that Jimi hit, Shrew! How totally & completely hip that was….

  23. Shrewspeaks

    March 21, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Colette, I watched them. Interesting the concert footage brought me back to when I was ten and was given Live At The Hollywood Bowl. Now, don’t hate me…but I don’t think the Beatles sound good in concert recordings. The screams and the poor recording quality make it very difficult to enjoy. Additionally, I believe George Martin WAS the fifth Beatle. He was as much of a force of the magical sound through his innovative production.

    It was Live at Hollywood Bowl that made me for years not live concert footage of any band. I was too afraid of being disapointed…until I heard Sam Cooke Live at Harlem Square Club. It was through this group of recordings that I learned the power of LIVE.

  24. Colette

    March 21, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Of course I don’t hate you — we just disagree!

    I agree, of course, most of the live film of the Beatles performing is poorly produced, especially the sound quality, in part due to amateurish recording and a lot due to how primitive music recording was at the time. In fact, you’re right in suggesting that George Martin and the Beatles in the studio was a fabulous combo — and, according to astute rock historians, revolutionary. They were doing experiments with synthesizers, sitars and multi-track overdubs before other rockers, and blazing trails.

    And of course there’s all that screaming at their shows! I can do without it, though I would probably been screaming right along…

    Concerts recorded for the very purpose of making an LP — that great Sam Cooke record, also wonderful ones by Sarah Vaughan and Nat King Cole, etc from the same era — had serious record producers and engineers on the job. And even if that was pre-digital and million-track, those live discs can be wonderful — especially after being polished up in the studio afterward.

    But the Beatles really were a GREAT live band, by every first-hand account,and especially before they were using a lot of techno-toys. Even Mick Jagger said they were better than the Stones in concert! The best evidence of this is the 2-CD set, “Beatles live at the BBC” — their many radio appearances on the Beeb over a span of years.

    I wish I could come over and play it for you! They are beautiful, crystal clear recordings, of their songs up to “Hard Day’s Night” and a lot of great rock’n roll covers. They sound every bit as good as their early discs. And there’s no screaming, and excellent miking and recording.

    What I do love about the Indianapolis, Paris, Melbourne and other Beatles concerts on youtube, despite the often crappy technical quality, is the Beatles’ sheer joy and commitment to music-making, their beautiful voices, their comraderie and vitality.

    Sorry I’m going on and on like some old crank — forgive me! but there’s something thrilling for me about seeing them play their music live — even when it’s not under the best sonic circumstances! It literally brings them to life for me.

    By the way, do you own “Beatles Anthology”? They cherry-picked the best live concerts for that set…..


  25. Shrewspeaks

    March 22, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I do own all three Anthology and the BBC cds. And you are right about, especially the BBC ones, but much like the famed rooftop concert in Let It Be…I don’t get the sense that the musical inspiration for the Beatles was of the same ilk as Sam Cooke or other artists, performing live. Riffing and seeing an audience react.

    Mind you all I have is memories collected on tape, I was born in 1968, so I probably don’t know what I am talking about. And perhaps because of my timing and the intimate roll the Beatles played in my life (me listening with head phones in my bedroom, when most kids were deep into Duran Duran) I have a skewed perception. I didn’t have anyone to speak to about them. So the idea of a public forum for their music doesn’t seem optimal. However, when I hear some of Sam Cooke live or the Dead in concert, the music seems transformed to another level by the act of performing to the audience. Not so with the Beatles. They seem better interacting with the music itself and each other. For me anyway.

  26. Colette

    March 22, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Understood, Shrew, and a cool conversation.

    I think the beloved music of one’s own youth has a special depth. Or the music you shared with your family — for me, my father and Louis Armstrong are very interlinked!

    The Beatles were something very special for a lot of reasons — musically of course, but your perceptions remind me that music speaks to us each in a different way, through many routes. For me, the Beatles evoke a great rush of childhood memories, youthful excitement, and that wonderful feeling of the whole country being excited about something joyous and positive, after terrible, wrenching tragedy.

    Black music speaks to me just as profoundly via some other artists (Aretha especially) because of how and where I grew up and just me as a person. And my adolescence going to the Fillmore Auditorium every weekend makes that strain of 1960s rock music (Jimi-Janis-Jim Morrison-et al) special in a personal way too.

    There’s one thing: I believe that musicians “fall in love” with their influences in a sometimes even more profound way than we fans.
    Taylor’s connection to Ray Charles, for instance, wasn’t just about the greatness of a musical star, but some inexplicable bonding of soul, spirit and musical affinity. Ray was one of his muses.

    It doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a wide range of music, and keep “falling in love” and “in like” with it. But our “musical biographies” are so individual. Hoping it doesn’t bore the pants off everyone else, but I’ve really enjoyed the back-and-forth Shrew…..

  27. Shrewspeaks

    March 24, 2008 at 7:43 am

    I have too Colette, I have too. You can chat Beatles and Aretha with me anytime you want.


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