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Roots of a revolution,
This review is from: Live at the BBC (Audio CD)
Prior to its official release, the recordings on this CD had been (maybe after Dylans "Basement Tapes")the most sought after bootlegs in existance. And like Dylans "Basement Tapes",they are indespensable to any collector of their music because both collections demonstrate not only the influences of these artists, but also how well they covered the music they loved, ( the Beatles & Dylan are the only 2 musicall phenomenas I can think of who could actually IMPROVE on the originall recordings they covered).
The CD shows, once it has been added to your collection of Beatle albums, how this greatest of all rock bands took what had come before they started making their own records, mastered it: & then forged it into the sound that would take over the world.As you listen to it, notice how songs like "soldier of love" is not just a cover of that song,(done originally by R& B singer Arthur Alexander, an american singer who they covered a number of times, eg. "Anna")but it has been transformed into a "Beatles" song- if you had been told it was one of their own compositions it would be easy to believe.
You must understand, the Beatles didnt just come along in 1964 & create a new sound,(although they did do that also)They were as much a part of the first wave of rock & roll as someone like Little Richard, though their influence didnt extend far past Liverpool & Hamburgh at that time.
Rock critic Greil Marcus:"Consider the Beatles history.In 1955, John & Paul were playing something approximating rock & roll before they had ever heard of Elvis Presley (the same cannot be said of Buddy Holly);they wrote their 1st hit, "Love me do", before they heard "That'll Be The Day".In other words, when they signed with EMI they were not merly in touch with their roots; in a significant & probably unique sense, they WERE their roots. They were not only a PRODUCT of the pre-Beatle era of Rock, they were a VERSION of it.Accompanying the shock of novility so many experienced on 1st exposer to the Beatles in '64 was a shock of RECOGNITION, which bespoke the Beatles' connection to the whole history of rock n roll up to that time: the Beatles had absored that history because-year by year, playing & listening & writing, in Liverpool & Hamburg- they had, albeit invisibly, MADE IT."
This CD is no weak effort to cash in on Beatle songs that had not priviously been made available, it should have been made available years ago. Also, if you dont even care about the evelution of rock n roll but you just like Beatles hits, on the 2nd disc there are recordings going up to 1965 of them doing many of their hits such as the great "Ticket to ride".etc. Imagine, A group as big as the Beatles going into a radio station to play music, I dont think they were even getting paid.
For me, one of the most remarkable things about them was, all the hype surronding them, all the fame they got before we even knew much about them except "I want to hold your hand", all the BEATLEMANIA of 1964,before even the movie "Hard days night" They lived up to it!(the fame). It just seemed obvious on 1st hearing them that they were the ones!
We will never see their likes again.