>okay, what the hell is good about The Beatles?
bad vocals skills, simple lyrics......<
but the best popular music that has been written by anyone in the past 50 years. Nobody has equalled the sophistication of their music and the instrumentation that they brought to their recordings. Next to them, almost all rock music pales. They brought popular music to a new plane. Alas, they not proven to be the progenitors of a new generation of musicians. If you look carefully at the melodies and harmonies of what has followed them, you find few who ever approached their level of achievement and none who ever did so consistently.
It has already started. Cobain died on April 5, 1994 and this month's Spin devotes about half the mag to him because of the upcoming 10 year anniversary. I'm told that people of a certain vintage can tell you where they were and what they were doing on that date. tandfman, if you're out there, my guess is that you can't. Neither can I...
This post is really by way of a response to Garry Hill's "unfortunate names" post:
> This belongs on the iPod thread, but now that I think of it, I once had a vinyl by a Dick Hymans titled something like "Electric Eclectic"; one of the first exponents of the Moog, and early synthesizer. Very new-age like, even though it dated to the early '70s.
And of course even the casual Beatles fan will know that 'Abbey Road', recorded on the cusp of the 1970s, is full of synthesizer. I think it puts the album at slightly higher risk of becoming a period piece, as compared to their lovely jangly guitar work of the mid-1960s -- mbeep beep yeah! So, a blasphemous thought: did the Beatles break up just in time?
For compliance purposes, here is my list, in order of when they pop into my head, limit one album per artist.
1. Beatles - Revolver (Love them all, but Pepper too melancholy; Abbey Road--Lennon was right--too rock-opera-ish; White Album, too solo)
2. Elvis Costello - Get Happy!!
3. Beck - Mutations
4. Liz Phair - Whip Smart
5. Dylan & the Band - Before the Flood
6. Glenn Gould - Bach Italian Concerto
7. Dave Brubeck Quartet - Jazz Impressions of the USA
8. Graham Parker - Squeezing Out Sparks
9. The OC - Mix 1
10. Brian Wilson - Smile
The Who--Who's Next
The Clash--London Calling
Public Enemy--Fear of a Black Planet
Explosions In The Sky--Friday Night Lights
Dropkick Murphys--Sing Loud, Sing Proud!
John Coltrane--Blue Train
Pink Floyd--The Wall
Derek and the Dominoes--Layla
Bob Dylan--Blonde on Blonde
and we can't forget:
The Beatles--Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
edited to make a change and to follow the rules. And gh, does jazz couint as classical?
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>listen to classical stations regularly I never know what the hell I'm listening
>to album-wise...what a jock, I guess)
And you guys have a really good classical station, the USC KMozart 105.1. Beats the drivel we have up here in the bay area. To be fair, I only listen to the radio in the car, and mostly, I couldn't hear an entire piece should KDFC deign to play it. Have to get them ads in! On trips, I take CDs, or listen to NPR, but with my luck, its usually car talk or Garrison.
Trash KDFC all you like, but it's apparently the most successful classical music station in the country and has doubled its listenership since it went "classical light." I think we should be thankful for small favors and recognize that we have been able to actually retain a classical station, something which otherwise apparently wasn't going to happen
1. Allman Brothers Band: Live at Fillmore East
2. Crosby Stills Nash and Young: Deja Vu
3. Santana: Abraxas
4. Stevie Ray Vaughan: Soul to Soul
5: Transiberian Orchestra: Christmas Eve and Other Stories (I'd rather have the box set)
6. Eric Clapton: The Blues (not a greatest hits CD)
7. Jimi Hendrix: Band of Jypsys
8. Jeff Beck: Blow by Blow
9. Jefferson Airplane: Volunteers
10. Easy Rider (Soundtrack)