Good Morning, Good Morning…
I know what you’re all asking yourselves. “Why? Why are you reviewing pseudo and faux Beatles?”.
That’s a very good question…and believe you me, I’m still asking myself the same question, “Why am I doing this?!”
The best explanation I can give is this: The Beatles, whether solo or a group, whether presently or in the past, have been reviewed to death! Those poor boys couldn’t take a shite without someone telling us all what it looked and smelled like. I really don’t think anyone, including myself, wants another Beatles review blogger. If you love the Beatles or are a collector, then you already listen to and buy everything they’ve made, recorded or created. You don’t need me to tell you whether it’s good or not.
Now some Beatles fans are purists. These are the folks that don’t want to hear remakes or tribute bands performing covers of the songs they love. In fact, my father-in-law has this same attitude about U.S. national anthem. It is to be performed exactly as it was written with no room for artistic license. And god help the popstar that performs the anthem at a major sporting event should they try to get creative. And I can respect the opinion of the Beatles purists, but it’s not going to stop people from performing their songs. Why? Well, from what I’ve heard from many musicians is that the Lennon/McCartney catalog is “fun”. Just like we listeners are drawn to the Fab Four’s sound, musicians are drawn to playing their songs.
I’m also not a real fan of the people who have worked with, slept with and done business with the Beatles that have all decided that they need to cash in by writing books. My dislike for this behavior is almost personal – it’s all TMI (too much information) for me. It’s the music that turns me on, not every little detail of their lives. And whether it’s the Beatles or sports, I get a bad taste in my mouth when I encounter so-called “experts” and they want to show off their absolute-no-one-knows-more-than-me knowledge of a topic.
This brings me back to the big question – “Why are you doing this?!” Because if there must be authors and musicians who are going to try to cash in on The Beatles, then I want to try to help others separate the ‘real’ from the ‘hacks’.
“And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make.”
I hope you enjoy my reviews.