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Re: The Beatles

Postby sandykaypax » February 13th, 2014, 4:31 pm

Hey Chris--I know you thought Annie Lennox's vocal was too strong for your taste on Fool on the Hill, but what did you think of the rest of the concert?

I really enjoyed the whole thing, except for Katy Perry's rendition of Yesterday. I do like Katy Perry, but the song didn't seem to be a good fit for her. It seemed like she had trouble with the key being low on the verse. Too many vocal tricks.

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Re: The Beatles

Postby movieman1957 » February 13th, 2014, 8:31 pm

Overall I enjoyed it. I'm no fan of Adam Lambert but I did enjoy their musical arrangement of their songs as it sounded quite a bit like the originals.

I like Jeff Lynne. I think his situation was unique. Not only did ELO sort of pay homage to The Beatles his working with them gave him a distinct perspective. Of course, the same can sort of apply to Joe Walsh.

I'm with you on Katy Perry. Sometimes singers try to make more out of a song than it should be. Though I didn't care for Stevie Wonder's version of "We Can Work It Out" I know he had a hit with it so that works.

All in all they were earnest and sincere versions of the music. Can't ask for more no matter what I might think of any individual performance.

All that being said about Annie Lennox, "Medusa" is a terrific album with frequent play on my ipod.

What did you think about the rest of it? Any thoughts on Paul or Ringo? For me, to be their age and still put on a performance like they do, I think, is something to be admired and thoroughly enjoyed. (I'm seeing Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues in May and while he is no youngster either he still has a great voice and tours constantly. Gives me hope that being old isn't always an issue.)
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Re: The Beatles

Postby sandykaypax » February 20th, 2014, 1:41 pm

Chris, I thought that both Paul and Ringo gave great performances. I was so struck by the joyfulness they both seemed to possess the entire evening, whether watching or performing themselves.

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Re: The Beatles

Postby movieman1957 » March 12th, 2014, 2:57 pm

While reading a story about the piano used on "Help" was being auctioned off it linked me to Rolling Stones Top 500 albums. As somewhat of a surprise The Beatles have four of the top 10.

1. Sgt. Pepper.
3. Revolver
5. Rubber Soul
10. The Beatles (White Album)

I'm inclined to put "Abbey Road" higher than "Rubber Soul" or "The White Album" but I think it is pretty amazing anyway.
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Re: The Beatles

Postby RedRiver » March 13th, 2014, 4:13 pm

"Abbey Road" is my favorite, but that's just me. They're all good.

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Re: The Beatles

Postby movieman1957 » March 9th, 2016, 8:51 am

Sir George Martin has died at age 90.

More than a producer he was also an arranger and composer. He had several films to his credit, among them was "Yellow Submarine" and "Live and Let Die."

I was 9 when I heard my first Beatles record. Not knowing much about any music except what my parents listened to made an impression on me because it was certainly different. As I got older and heard other rock/pop music from that time I noticed that, for me, The Beatles music sounded like no one else that I knew. Other hit songs seemed almost pedestrian in their production. It certainly was a benefit all around when Martin teamed with The Beatles. The songs would have been great because who wrote them but I wonder whether the recordings would have been as interesting in the hands of someone else. He knew how to get the sound the band wanted.

There is a documentary of George Martin that deals with his whole career. I think it is "Produced by George Martin." Certainly find that and if you can check out "The Compleat Beatles" and "The Making of Sgt. Pepper" as they are both fascinating programs.
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Re: The Beatles

Postby Professional Tourist » March 9th, 2016, 9:37 am

The songs would have been great because who wrote them but I wonder whether the recordings would have been as interesting in the hands of someone else. He knew how to get the sound the band wanted.

I heard about this passing this morning on NPR. They spoke of the recording of "Yesterday." The boys had wanted to do it with just Paul's voice and a guitar. Martin had the idea to use a string quartet. It took some convincing for them to try it like that -- the boys felt because they were a rock and roll band, that it would not fit. But when they did, it was a big success. It would have still been a good song and recording the way the boys had wanted to do it, but Martin's vision made it great.


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