What if the Beatles had recorded in America in 1966

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  1. Mark Fricke

    Mark Fricke Forum Resident Thread Starter

    It's well known that the Beatles were slated to fly to America and record an album at Stax Recording studio. They desperately wanted to reproduce that American sound they revered. It fell apart for several reasons including security and money.

    But what if it did happen?

    Would their next album be more roots based instead of the Revolver album? Songs like Tomorrow Never Knows couldn't have been developed outside of the Abbey Road personnel.

    Would a diversion from the London drug culture prevent it's influences? Maybe no Sgt. Pepper?

    What kind of band might have evolved from such an effort?
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  2. Would have made things easier on Bernard Purdie... ;)
  3. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    American Album sounding ?
    R u b b e r S o u l
  4. Mark Fricke

    Mark Fricke Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Rubber Soul was already done when the Stax recording was scheduled.
  5. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Tomorrow Never Knows with the Memphis Horns, featuring Booker T on Hammond B3!
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  6. Perisphere

    Perisphere Forum Resident

    You wonder also what they might have done had they recorded at Atlantic's studio with their 8 track equipment.
  7. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    I love questions like this. The only way I can answer say is to repeat what I've said many times in the past...The Beatles' "story" seems to define the expression, "there's a reason for everything". It almost truly seems as if the whole thing was divinely planned out. As you clearly implied, the music and developments that came with Revolver and what immediately followed may not have happened had the album been recorded at Stax. OR, maybe the styles and specific progressions of Revolver might have come an album later...thus causing Pepper to come out in '68...?? No..doesn't sound right. While it's incredibly interesting to speculate what their 7th album would have sounded like if recorded at Stax, I'm tempted to say it's just as well (that there was "a reason")it didn't happen. Cliche to say but, it seems that things turned out for the best.
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  8. ShockControl

    ShockControl Bon Vivant and Raconteur!

    Lotus Land
    Based on the Stones American recordings, we might have gotten to hear the Fabs with ballsy production. Oh well...
  9. zen

    zen Senior Member

    The Candlestick Park recording?
  10. frightwigwam

    frightwigwam Talented Amateur

    Maybe they would've dropped in long enough to record just a few songs, like the Stones later did in Muscle Shoals, and maybe something like "Doctor Robert," "Got to Get You into My Life," or "Good Day Sunshine" would've been a little more funky, or maybe it would've made little difference. Then, they still could've gone back home to work on the more psychedelic tracks.
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