Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Beatles Red and Blue Album

Cover of "1967-1970 (The Blue Album)"Cover of 1967-1970 (The Blue Album)By Marcus Poole

The Beatles red and blue albums have been remastered. They include some of The Beatles most famous songs.

The Beatles have long been absent from digital downloads, now they too have joined the ranks of pixelated music for sale. This review takes a look at the songs that make The Beatles red and blue compilation albums that divide the Fab Four years in two.

As a kid whose musical tastes were awakened in the 80's, discovering The Beatles was a merciful release from 80's popsters let loose with newly invented synthesisers and drum machines. A tight band formed from hours of endless gigging in the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, the Beatles grew musically to announce whole new worlds of sound for pop, be it string quartets, harpsichords, sitars or brass bands, The Beatles truly revolutionised the soundscape of pop music. The red and blue compilation albums gives you a swift view of their development. Listening to them back to back, the re-inventions of their sound is truly remarkable.

What can you find on The Beatles red and blue albums?

The Beatles 1962-66 (the red one)

Love Me Do - a mouth organ, a steady beat and a melody as simple as Three Blind Mice - genius. A sound full of exuberance and energy; no wonder the teenage girls were screaming. With Please, Please Me, From Me to You, She Loves You and I Want to Hold Your Hand the Beatles also lead the way in being among the first pop groups to write their own songs. The red album takes us from these early years of love songs to the band beginning to branch out and expand their ideas. You can find Norwegian Wood complete with George Harrison playing sitar and a balalaika in Girl. Nowhere Man is a move away from girls meets boy love songs to introspection and self- reflection.

The Beatles 1967-1970 (the blue one)

The blue album covers the later years of psychedelia and experimentation in an exploding hip scene of Swinging Sixties London. We have Harrison emerging as a great songwriter in his on right with the striking While My Guitar Gently Weeps and the beautiful Something. The blue album offers snippets of the seminal Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club album and pure Beatle classics in Strawberry Fields Forever, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Penny Lane and I Am the Walrus.

The breadth of styles on show on these tow albums is breathtaking. The Beatles red and blue album compilations' line up really takes you through all the sounds and styles that made The Beatles the greatest band on earth.

Find facts about The Beatles and the chance to see more about the Beatles red and blue album here.

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1 comment:

  1. They have been one of my greatest influences why I have decided to be a guitarist. Legendary and totally inspiring.