How To Listen To The Beatles – Part 1 : Introduction

The Beatles. The great Beatles. The fabulous Beatles. Come on, is there a person on this planet who hasn’t heard of them english legends? They’re everywhere and even now, after all these years, you can hear people talking about how Beatles this or how Beatles that. But what was so great about them after all? Was it their songs? Their albums? Maybe their influence? Or those famous haircuts? There is only one way to find out : go listen to their music and figure it out yourself. Since you had the desire to do a search on the band and ended up here, I’ll assume you are already familiar with at least 5-6 of their songs and you’re willing to explore their world more (if no, I suggest you do so). But what’s the best place to start? Go with their first album, one would say. Ok, but then some people, familiar only with songs like ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘Ask Me Why’, might go on the internet knocking out Beatles’ talent and influence and regarding them as nothing more than a simple pop teenage band. Which they are not, obviously. In other words, their first few albums may seem unsatisfying for a non-die-hard Beatles fan and that may cause him to give up on finding the real tresures hidden in the latter albums. Just as some more “experimental” songs (take the extreme case : ‘Revolution 9′, for example) may lead to the conclusion that the band is not accesible enough. The Beatles went through so many changes and evolved so much during their active years that one has to hear with his own ears to truly believe. But there is always a perfect place to start. So, this is what my guide will be : a mix of information, personal opinions and, obviously, guidance on the band’s albums and the order they should be listened to.

I, unfortunetely, discovered The Beatles’ albums in random order. My history with the band dates back to September/October 2008, thanks to a great scene from the movie called ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, where the whole town dances to a Beatles song (Twist and Shout). That was truly the first time I felt the need to check the band out. From then on, there was a song here, a song there, then full albums, then full discography, then wondering why nobody wants to talk to me anymore, and well, here I am. I hardly listen to them as much as I used to, but I will never forget the impact and influence those four lucky liverpudlians had on the 15-year old shy kid I was.

But enough about me, let’s take a short look at the band’s official discography. I like to divide it into two eras :

The Early Years (1963 – first half of 1965) consisting of the albums :

Please Please Me (1963)
With The Beatles (1963)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Beatles For Sale (1964)
Help! (1965).

The Late Years (second half of 1965 – 1970) consisting of the albums :

Rubber Soul (1965)
Revolver (1966)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
The White Album (1968)
Yellow Submarine (1969)
Abbey Road (1969)
Let It Be (1970).

My guide will be devided into two new posts : “Exploring The Late Years” and “Exploring The Early Years”.

Here’s the famous scene that made me the fan I am today :

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  1. I loved that scene, too. Even though it’s not the Beatles performing, it captures the crazy silly joy of those early Beatle days. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

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  2. Oh my god, that’s it. That’s the scene of the movie I used to rewatch and rewatch when I was around 5 (I’m 22 now) and I had no idea it was a beatles song until this year. Anyway, I also listened to the albums in random order, but my faves are Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road.

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