Forty Five

24 Sep


That “thing” again.


Never imagined being 45.  Knew I’d live past 90 as I have VERY good genes, but still never pictured me @ 45.  If I were 40 pounds lighter, it actually would pretty much rock.  But, I have to say that this America is nowhere CLOSE to the America of my youth and I MISS IT.

Went to dinner with some work friends the other night and had the best conversation about Television and TV shows from the late ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.  Lost in Space, Happy Days, Barney Miller, M*A*S*H, Leave It To Beaver, Wonderful World of Disney, and I could go on and on…Just what happened?  Days like this cause me to reflect on the past and just how much things have changed since that time long, long ago. 

On the other hand, I don’t feel a day over 23 in my mind.  My body throws off aches and pains.  Bad eyesight, tired ankles, and diminished stamina are pervasive, BUT I still look for fun wherever I can find it.  While I am glad to still be here, I’m a bit nostalgic for the “good, old days”.  So, the receipt of a most excellent gift today really had me borderline giddy.  The Beatles’ remastered #1 album in 1964 of Meet the Beatles.

Can I tell you how absolutely “fab” this is?  While the carrier of Lennon-McCartney staples like All My Loving and Hold Me Tight, this sophomore release showcased some of the best covers ever done by The Beatles.

The male version of Please, Mr. Postman is simply superb, while Chuck Berry’s Roll Over Beethoven is forever immortalized through this Beatles’ version.  Likewise on Smokey Robinson’s You Really Got a Hold On Me and Barry Gordy’s own Money (That’s What I Want)However, the cover song that I simply ADORE from this album is the staple from The Music Man  — Till There Was You.

Now, just to understand the brillance of The Beatles’ cover of this song, check out the original version by Shirley Jones…

Now, contrast that with Paul’s deftly poetic version:

So, these “rebels” who caused such upheaval and consternation, were actually conessieurs of fine theatre, poetry, art and traditional show tunes.  Who knew?….and it ALL started in 1964.  Ah, yes…a VERY good year.


Posted by on September 24, 2009 in birthdays, the beatles


15 responses to “Forty Five

  1. Shrewspeaks

    September 25, 2009 at 8:14 am

    So glad this didn’t dissapoint! Talk to us about the sound quality. I have not heard aNy of the remasters yet as my boxset is on backorder. But doesn’t this idea of the remaster match your feelings of your birthday? You are as vital and engaged yet through time you have mellowed and become enriched with reflection and the world’s advancing technology. Yes, technology, how else would we know each other?

    On a side note about the fab four and how revolutionary they are, With The Beatles was the breakthrough US album in 1964 your birth year…fastforward 4 short years to my birthyear And the Beatles gave us the magna opus White Album…4 years for that revolutionary musical advancement.

    Happy Birthday my dear friend!

  2. music maven

    September 25, 2009 at 8:48 am

    The difference in sound is highly noticeable. The two-tracked With the Bealtes, as well as the previous year’s Meet the Beatles had that one-dimensional, tinny sound. The remastered provides a much more “softened” acoustical sound. IMO, it’s much more pleasant sounding, particularly in ballads like Till There Was You.

    Like aging in my ’40s, the songs are still as brash and bold as they were when recorded by those twin track machines, but sanded down around the edges so that they don’t roughly rub up against the listener. Rather, the smoothing allows you to cuddle up right next to it. I like the analogy regarding technology and like the re-masters, it’s not the technology that drives me. Technology is a tool to convey the talent and creativity. It’s not the central element of making these the lasting and meaningful to us, it just helps us enjoy them in the most pure way possible.

    There was a lot of “revolution” in my first four years of life and maybe that’s why I’m always looking for radical change with little apprehension. The compelling thing about The Beatles is that they have walked hand in hand with so many people over the decades. Pretty nice legacy, if you ask me.

  3. colette

    September 25, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I have the entire set. haven’t listened to the Mono ones yet, but the stereos are mostly fantastic. You can really hear the genius of their arrangements — each instrument is clear, and there are so many of them! and could any group ever replicate the gorgeous harmonies?

    there are a few tracks on the Modern Masters collection (singles the Beatles didn’t record on the original English versions of their albums) where they’ve fiddled too much with the balance, and the voices seem low in relation to fairly loud percussion.

    But that was just a cut or two. I’m now through Rubber Soul, which I highly recommend in this version — by then the Beatles were playing with all sorts of toys (sitar) and really breaking new ground with 4-track recording.

    enjoy! and happy birthday MM…

  4. little Deb

    October 5, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Happy Birthday MM! I celebrated my big “50” on 10/1. Rock on Libras! I know I’m probably the only one on the planet – or the universe for that matter – that never “got” the Beatles. Still don’t, but then I never got and don’t like Elvis either. Maybe at my advanced age, I should give them a listen again?

  5. thedingoateyobaby

    October 12, 2009 at 7:27 am

    I never could pass up a comment on my beloved and timeless Beatles. I loved them in 1965 and if its possible, I love them more today. In my life, I have never felt the way I felt watching them on Ed Sullivan. Never. At the age of 57 I still feel privileged to have lived in their time frame. I still feel as if my generation is the best generation that ever lived, musically speaking and only musically speaking.

    You really Got A Hold On Me makes me swoon.

  6. little Deb

    October 12, 2009 at 8:06 am

    DINGO! How the hell are ya?

  7. thedingoateyobaby

    October 12, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Hey Deb!

    Im doing well and hope you are too. Its so hard to believe this year is about over. I already had my dentist tell me happy holidays. Sheesh. Good to see you.

  8. little Deb

    October 13, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Hey Dingo, or anyone else here for that matter – my e-mail is

  9. huckleberryfriend

    October 15, 2009 at 11:50 am

    little Deb. There are 2 of us. While I like a few Beatles songs, in college I traded my Abbie Road album for Janis Joplin (Big Brother and the Holding Company). I much preferred The Doors, CCR, 3 Dog Night, Rare Earth, etc. to the Beatles. And I never did get Elvis.

    I do think Eleanor Rigby is a great song, but its a listening to song, not a dance or party song. For the 1st few years, I don’t think the Beatles had much of a male audience, just teeny boppers. It wasn’t until they made some “smoking” songs that males paid any attention to them.

  10. colette

    October 18, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Hmmmm Huck them’s fightin’ words.

    The Beatles made some seriously hot, creative, original and gorgeous music, starting with their first album. They could rock, they could croon, their harmonies and arrangements were far more interesting and complex than most of their peers. And they paved the way to much more sophisticated studio recording, but innovating with different tracks, with unusual sounds (the chord that opens “I Feel Fine” was the first use of feedback in mainstream rock), etc.
    To each her own, but I know many many young musicians and fans (including my daughter) who adore the Beatles, so it ain’t just a generational thing (tho I admit they turned me into a screaming meme as a kid). Nor was it a gender thing — guys love them too.

    Of course, you can give the world’s greatest rock band ever (and I also adore and saw The Doors, Janis, etc.) a pass. But here’s just a little evidence of their early genius (and ability to ROCK IT — we danced to them a lot) — remember, though, these are all recorded live at a time when the technology was terrible — the records are a more accurate source: — “You Cant’ Do That” — “I Feel Fine” and “She’s a Woman” — recorded live by BBC Radio — “Ticket to Ride” — “Help!” — “Revolution” — a lot later, but great….

  11. colette

    October 19, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Last one, Huck — just to show you how great the Beatles were when they were raving up with covers of classic rock:

  12. amy d

    December 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I miss you MM! Please come back:(

  13. thedingoateyobaby

    January 24, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    If I had to pick one, just one event in my life that shaped who I am today it would be The Beatles. I was 12 years old when they found me or I found them. I had one of those box like transistor radios (sorta like todays boom box) and I carried it around as if it were attached to my hip. It was The Beatles who really introduced me to music and from that point on it has been music that has saved me over and over and over again throughout my life. I love music just like so many of us on these boards do and without it my world would be so dull and lifeless. Through all the highs and lows in life there is always one constant, music and if not for The Beatles I’m not sure I would ever have been “found”. My life, my spirit are so much richer because of their music.

    Maybe its my age (57) but things sure have changed since I was a kid. Every generation says that but there is something dramatic about how different things are. I love my IPod and my High Def TV and my cell phone and my computer etc but these things have also stolen precious minutes from my life. I dont read as much as I once did, I dont write letters hardly at all anymore and forget about the newspaper cause I read online now. For me, and IMHO I was born in the best generation ever. The 60’s and early 70’s were somethin’ special.

    I hope you all are in good health. I stop by from time to time. Love this blog.

  14. Sally

    March 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I sure do miss your postings. Will you ever resume?

  15. sondan

    March 20, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    This post was awesome. Just like Sally stated above — I would love to read more. Is this blog now orphaned? Hope not. 😉

    This Boomer and Beatles lover also doesn’t feel a day over 25 — especially when listening to the fabulous songs of the Sixties such as these!

    Take Care,



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