Where (and what) constitutes the divide between early and late era Beatles for you?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Kim Olesen, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. Platterpus

    Platterpus Forum Resident

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    Up to "Beatles for Sale" is the early band. "Help" on forward is the late era band. I used to have the cutoff line between "Help" and "Rubber Soul." I'm sort of lukewarm on all of this.
     
  2. sherrill50

    sherrill50 Forum Resident

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    Not so much a matter of early or late, as what I enjoy listening to. I like everything up to Sgt. Peppers, but after that it's definitely on a track-by-track basis.
     
  3. leeroy jenkins

    leeroy jenkins Forum Resident

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    I'm just the opposite. Love everything after Revolver, before Pepper I have to cherry pick.
     
  4. entropyfan

    entropyfan Forum Resident

    Geoff Emerick's debut in "the chair" is the dividing line between early/late Beatles. That would be April 6, 1966 and "Tomorrow Never Knows".
     
  5. DEAN OF ROCK

    DEAN OF ROCK Forum Resident

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    I'm going with Revolver.
     
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  6. Summer of Malcontent

    Summer of Malcontent Forum Resident

    My default organization has always been based on sound.

    I: 1962-1965 - Please Please Me through Help! - Innovative beat group, mostly sticking to the group format in the studio, with songs that could be faithfully reproduced live.

    II: 1965-1967 - Rubber Soul through Magical Mystery Tour EP - Band increasingly experimental in the studio, using non-standard instruments (sitar, clavioline, strings) and arrangement, and employing the studio itself as an instrument. Moving away from live performance as a priority for songs.

    III: 1968-1970 - 'Lady Madonna' through Abbey Road - Back to basics. Band begins stripping sound back down again (with memorable exceptions, naturally), as well as fragmenting as a performing unit, even in the studio. Even the comparatively lush Abbey Road is about half 'back to basics' ('Come Together', 'Oh! Darling', 'I Want You', 'Here Comes the Sun', 'Because')
     
  7. Colocally

    Colocally Forum Resident

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    When I was younger, so much younger than today it was the red/blue line.
    Now I'm much older I realise I've changed my mind and it is Paperback writer that opened up the door.
     
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  8. Kim Olesen

    Kim Olesen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Same here. And i think the red/blue albums was actually the reason i used to put the dividing line at SFF. But now it's Paperback Writer in my mind.
     
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  9. A guy named George Harrison disagreed with you when he said he felt Rubber and Revolver should have been a double album because it sounded like one big album. LOL
     
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  10. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Member Of The Midnight Society

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    I consider Help to be the start of the good stuff. :righton:
     
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  11. Colocally

    Colocally Forum Resident

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    kind of shows what he knew then. ;)
     
  12. Aftermath

    Aftermath Forum Resident

    For me, the early period ends and late period begins with the release of Strawberry Fields.
     
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  13. Mr Bass

    Mr Bass Forum Resident

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    I guess I'm the outlier here because late Beatles to me means Let It Be. I guess I could be persuaded that the White Album is the dividing line. I don't think early and late is an instrument here or there but the difference between a foursome and four ones.
     
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  14. LOL.
     
  15. soundQman

    soundQman Idealist of the Musical Apocalypse

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    To me the "late" Beatles period starts in 1967, or December 1966 perhaps, when they began recording Pepper and did the Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane single. It was after the end of their live performing career, when they became basically composers and experimenters with sound in the studio. George Martin called Sgt. Pepper their "freedom album", because they could do what they wanted their way and get it released straight around the world without record company second-guessing, marketing manipulation, different tracks, and varied packaging.

    I could alternatively make a case for Revolver, as they never attempted to perform that live - by that time there was a disconnect between recording and performing in terms of complexity, and their artistic vision made final tours of 1966 sort of less relevant - they seemed like a hangover of the "performing flea" years, as Lennon basically put it once (I'm paraphrasing).
     
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  16. rockledge

    rockledge Forum Resident

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    Them splitting up once was enough for me. No further divisions necessary.
     
  17. Kim Olesen

    Kim Olesen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    To him yes. They sure don't sound much alike to me.
     
  18. OneStepBeyond

    OneStepBeyond Selective listener...

    That's not quite what he says though - right at the beginning here. And with subtitles too.

    For those too lazy to click on it... ;) (only kidding, but in case some can't see the link - I know that happens) he wasn't completely sure and admitted could be wrong about it.
     
  19. The Dunster

    The Dunster Member

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    It all got really interesting when they released Revolver. That for me is transitional album for the band.
     
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  20. jimmydean

    jimmydean Forum Resident

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    I'm a loser... lennon tries to get into dylan
     
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  21. Mister Charlie

    Mister Charlie Forum Resident

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    Pepper is the line for me (though others are right, SFF/PL would have been the first shot in the new war).
     
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  22. Bob Simmons

    Bob Simmons Active Member

    Precisely.
     
  23. Johnny Reb

    Johnny Reb Forum Resident

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    Early - Through Rubber Soul and We Can Work It Out single
    Late - Revolver to end
     
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  24. Picca

    Picca Forum Resident

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    Paperback writer/Rain
     
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  25. jwb1231970

    jwb1231970 Forum Resident

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    When John stopped using his rickenbacker as his main axe in the studio.
     

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