America was The Beatles’ ‘other woman’ Apr 4, 2018 17:26:20 GMT
Post by My Avatar Is A Hot Babe on Apr 4, 2018 17:26:20 GMT
notesfrom said:I look at it this way. If the UK were suddenly nuked off the planet, c. 1970, the Beatles discography would still exist in the form of its American counterpart. That is a complete and, in some ways, more complete discography. Does that discography represent the UK discography precisely? No. Why should it? It's a completely different market, save for the shared English language. Have the sound characteristics and packaging been altered or invented? You bet.
It is a bastardized version of the Beatles' recorded output - with some specially considered (and unconsidered) releases thrown in (the song/ mix/ release-date differences given to particular songs; the soundtrack albums and their 'extra' music; the extra-exploitative VeeJay and 'Story' albums, etc.). It is the American experience of The Beatles, a give and take relationship that was beyond remarkable.
America was The Beatles’ ‘other woman’, in a sense - and she was a large and wild one, and they were really into her on just about every level, and vice versa. Together, they had the bastard child that was the American form of Beatlemania - and its scale was immense, and the joys were off the charts. Maybe those albums were only supposed to exist within that particular fairy tale - to be the life of the party and then have that life taken away so that things could look tidy and 'normal' when the wife got home.
Something to hide in the end? 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away'? A very English move to pretend that the love affair with those albums didn’t really mean much (thanks, Apple). I can see that side of it; it's messy; and the other potential reality of acknowledging and validating the 'other woman' is that it might spell heartbreak and marginalization.