These two albums were my introduction to the Beatles and looking back on it today, I marvel at the changes in each of the members of the band through those years 1962-1970 (look at the two covers!). In the late 1970's, Capital released Beatles Love Songs (I believe it's out of print) and all of the Beatle ballads and slower songs were given their rightful spotlight. I remember an older sister who had that album and I liked many of the songs on that compilation.
As I got older, I clearly remember when John Lennon was assassinated, miles away from my home, on December 8, 1980. That was quite sad as he was only 40 years old and just coming out of a five year break where he was raising his son Sean having released Double Fantasy with his wife Yoko Ono that October.
In the 1990's, the survivng members of the Beatles worked together and the Anthology series of albums were released. For Anthology 1 and 2, John Lennon demos were completed by Paul, George and Ringo and produced by George's fellow Travelling Wilbury - Jeff Lynn. Free as a Bird and Real Love were the two songs completed. The Anthology albums also included alternate tracks and demos of familiar songs.
Flash forward to the present and the Beatles continue to remain relevant. All of their music is now found on I-Tunes. Paul and Ringo continue to make new music and perform. George's son Dani Harrison has a band of his own and is following in his Father's footsteps. Sean Lennon also is a muscian and social activist like his Dad. He is currently protesting against the process of Fracking in upstate New York.
I think the Beatles could be summed up with one word: LOVE. As in "All You Need is Love". Sometimes a simple message, such as this, can have a profound effect on the world. The Beatles were harbingers of the social and consciousness change that occurred in 1960's. Yes, our world has changed since then, for good, for bad, that's a point to debate, but how we treat others remains relevant today as it did during the Beatles heyday. I still believe the Beatles will be discussed and studied hundreds of years from now and I'm happy their music remains to inspire and influence the world.
What's your favorite Beatles song or album? Do you like their solo efforts? I'd love to hear back from you so be sure to leave a comment.