Had a very long drive home from vacation today. I realized that despite my relatively advanced years, I really didn’t know the Beatles like I should. I was born in ‘63, so they by the time I was paying attention to rock music, the consensus was they were awesome but obviously not current. They were more our big brothers’ and sisters’ music than ours. Most of what I knew came from the Red and Blue compilation albums, and Sgt. Peppers and Magical Mystery Tour that I had on vinyl. So I loaded their core catalogue on my favourites in Apple Music, and started driving.
[li] They were a three-chord rock band at heart right to the end, weren’t they?[/li][li] I now understand why Ringo Starr was, in fact, a fine drummer and formally acknowledge that my agnosticism all these years was misplaced[/li][li] Whoa - misogyny. Plenty of misogyny, eh? Like do the Stones ever once sing about killing women? (That’s a genuine question.)[/li][li] I have to go back and listen again, but I was surprised in the first several albums how much the drums were buried in the mix. I hadn’t noticed that about 60s music in general, and want to explore it further[/li][li] Conversely, was it my car speakers, or are the vocals frequently buried deeper in the mix than might be expected?[/li][/ul]
And I don’t want to create the wrong impression by using the term “core catalogue” earlier in this post. I only learned that was a thing when I looked up their discography to figure out what to listen to.