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    I like the Beatles, but I think that it is funny how some people go so goofy over them. Sure, they were the first out of the blocks, but if I'm on a desert island, here are 10 bands I'd rather listen to.

    In no particular order:

    Led Zeppelin
    The Who
    Yes
    Genesis
    Gentle Giant
    King Crimson
    Supertramp
    Elton John Band
    Porcupine Tree
    Crack the Sky

    I could go on...........

    nhbw

  • #2
    Originally posted by nhbw
    Led Zeppelin
    The Who
    Yes
    Genesis
    Gentle Giant
    King Crimson
    Supertramp
    Elton John Band
    Porcupine Tree
    Crack the Sky


    Mebbe so...but only EJ came close on the prolific pop chops.

    I'd also throw a bone to the early Who.

    The rest of 'em had an awful lot of the noodley-noodle. Know what I'm sayin?

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    • #3
      good lord. If those were the records I was stuck with on a deserted island I'd kill myself. I'd rather have nothing but a half dozen Beatles tunes to listen to...

      Just for kicks, here's my own deserted isle top ten (as of this minute and in no particualr order):

      The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me
      The New Pornographers Twin Cinema
      Velvet Underground Loaded
      Wilco Being There
      Richard Thompson Daring Adventures
      The Lyres On Fyre
      Van Morrison Astral Weeks
      The Hoodoo Gurus Stoneage Romeos
      Big Star Radio City
      Joni Mitchell Blue


      still, I wouldn't say any of those artists are "better than the Beatles." The problem with the Beatles is they have become so iconic that you just can't help but hear them constantly - and you can't help but tire of their signature tunes. But if you actually sit down and listen to their records - like Rubber Soul or The White Album - they really were brilliant. Much of their best work was the stuff that wasn't "hit material."

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      • #4
        There is no better or worse, only what each individual happens to like.

        Like saying "10 foods better than pizza" or something
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        • #5
          And ..................we can't forget the producer, GEORGE MARTIN. Without him , the Beatles may have ended up sounding like your nearby garage band! His innovative audio experiments led to the RICH LAYERED POLISHED sound of the Beatles that we have all grown to love. Who would have ever thought to just cut up a tape into little pieces, throw it up in the air and randomly splice the pieces back together?...George Martin !

          However, having said that, I remember when Martin took over total control of the B side of the "Yellow Submarine" LP. That WAS NOT Beatles ! It was something else, something I NEVER listened to again. I paid for POP music and George gave me some pseudo-classical junk with that.

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          • #6
            Certainly George Martin an utterly integral part but remember the beautiful production of She's Leaving Home on Pepper is not George M, though I have no idea who it actually was.

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            • #7
              The Beatles aren't my favorite band, by a ways... but I'm not rushing to put money on my faves -- or anyone else's -- in any kind of head-to-head competition.

              Other people were better instrumentalists, better singers. Other writers wrote about heavier stuff or more involved, ambitious, demanding, poetic lyrics. Many had trickier, more complex, or dance-floor filling rhythms.

              But the Beatles wrote some transcendant pop songs and then delivered them with plenty of personal character and (usually) lots of charm. They may not have been at the forefront of cultural change but they were carried along by those waters and their music aptly reflected and expressed a lot of what was going on in society in those tumultuous days.

              They were, for many, justly emblematic of the transition of pop music from the late 50s to the beginning of the 70s.


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              The chorus seems a little weak... I think it needs more lasers.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by nhbw
                I like the Beatles, but I think that it is funny how some people go so goofy over them. Sure, they were the first out of the blocks, but if I'm on a desert island, here are 10 bands I'd rather listen to.

                In no particular order:

                Led Zeppelin
                The Who
                Yes
                Genesis
                Gentle Giant
                King Crimson
                Supertramp
                Elton John Band
                Porcupine Tree
                Crack the Sky

                I could go on...........

                nhbw


                No one mentions Crack the Sky, anymore... er, if they ever did. I remember how much I loved just the name...


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                The chorus seems a little weak... I think it needs more lasers.

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                • #9
                  In the contentious spirit of the thread---screw that. The Beatles were the best. Mozart to all the Salieris on your list. Porcupine Tree?? Stale 3rd gen prog? be my guest...Why don't you just go ahead and put Dream Theater ahead of the Beatles too?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by songrytr
                    Mebbe so...but only EJ came close on the prolific pop chops.




                    Yeah, what he said.
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                    • #11
                      Why do people have to make a contest out of their personal preferences? :freak:

                      So you don't like the Beatles...that's fine.

                      I happen to the the Beatles are the most important thing to happen to rock n roll.

                      Is my opinion renedered invalid by your list?

                      Music isn't a contest.
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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by techristian
                        And ..................we can't forget the producer, GEORGE MARTIN. Without him , the Beatles may have ended up sounding like your nearby garage band! His innovative audio experiments led to the RICH LAYERED POLISHED sound of the Beatles that we have all grown to love. Who would have ever thought to just cut up a tape into little pieces, throw it up in the air and randomly splice the pieces back together?...George Martin !

                        However, having said that, I remember when Martin took over total control of the B side of the "Yellow Submarine" LP. That WAS NOT Beatles ! It was something else, something I NEVER listened to again. I paid for POP music and George gave me some pseudo-classical junk with that.

                        Dan


                        While I agree that the Beatles wouldn't have been nearly as great as they sounded without G.Martin, I'm wondering about other bands he produced. Did any of them touch the Beatles ? I think the sum of all the pieces was the key.

                        To me it was a rich combination of really good singers, creative songwriting, arrangements, and really resourceful recording. Also, their 7-8 hour per night gigs at the Star Club in Hamburg back around (I think) '62 polished them up a lot. Some band may do vocal harmonies as good as they did, but as consistenly inventive? And who else in the world could have come up with "I Am the Walrus" back in '67. I was listening to "Lovely Rita" (from Sgt. Pepper) the other night on my mp3 player's headphones. The vocalising percussive sounds they (I think Lennon) made during the piano solo at the end blew me away. So so inventive.
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                        • #14
                          - Many people think that Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is the greatest singer who ever lived.

                          - Others might point to Djivan Gasparyan as one of the greatest, most emotional players of any musical instrument.

                          - Many might say that Jimi Hendrix was the greatest and most inventive electric guitar player ever.

                          - Over four million people showed up for Umm Kulthum's funeral in Cairo in 1975, perhaps one of the most beloved singers of all time, and one of the largest gatherings of people in recorded history.

                          - Many people regard Zakir Hussain is the greatest percussionist of all time.

                          Much of this reflects knowledge, taste, cultural differences, and other things. How can one say what is best?
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                          • #15
                            Air Supply gets no props. :cry:
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