kicky was right. The Fad Four were cute to white adolescent girls and they were designed to be by Mr Epstein who later offed himself. I daresay there are thousands of American bands with more talent.
Well, I don't know about that. I took an informal poll today - as I was reminded of this subject because there was a big article about the Beatles in the Times today. Is this some sort of anniversary or something?
Anyway - two of my regular patrons, Andy (the dad, 52) and Alec (the son, 21) are British and BIG TIME music lovers. Alec is taking some sort of music course at Bristol so I asked him for his professional (
)opinion in terms of the musicality of the Beatles - along with his dad: were they impressed with their musical ability or did they think these were just four guys at the right place at the right time with the right look - and Alec (21) stated that the Beatles were musically innovative and that some of their methods (he either said 'the fade' or the 'phase'- a sort of time lapse apparently) that hadn't been used until they introduced them are now commonplace. He also said their sense of melody and non-intrusive instrumentation presented a whole nother aspect and direction for the three minute 'pop' song to take.
His dad agreed - although when I asked Andy who he thought were the more talented and innovative composers - Pete Townsend or Lennon/McCartney - he stated that he believed Townsend was in a league of his own. I think I have to agree.
Overall - I do like a lot of American bands better than the Beatles. If I had a choice of never hearing the Allman Brothers again or never hearing the Beatles again - I'd have to never hear the Beatles - but that's just because I like the blues and that's not what the Beatles did.
But I do think that what they did do they did REALLY, REALLY well.
Ticket to Ride, Dear Prudence, Eleanor Rigby, Here Comes the Sun,(who arranged the strings in that ? Whoever did is a genius in my opinion) are among my top 100 favorite songs - and that's saying a lot - because I love a lot of songs.
One thing the Beatles can do better than Dylan is blend voices or harmonize. I was listening to the Traveling Wilbury's tape I have the other day and was struck all over again how Dylan's voice just has GOT to stand alone to be bearable. It's too distracting to listen to him sing with anyone else.
He's more of a one-trick pony than the Beatles - although I love him dearly - give him all sorts of credit - I have to admit I think he's less consistently listenable than the Beatles are.
What he does well - he does better than anyone else. But what he tries to do and can't- sometimes is little less than unbearable.