Triple Played: Without doubt, Beatles at top

This week, some 40-plus years after The Beatles broke up, we are seeing the re-release of the band’s entire catalog on vinyl.

The 180-gram vinyl editions of all 12 of The Beatles’ British albums and a two-disc Past Masters set of singles and non-album tracks are available separately or as a box set.

Limited to 50,000 copies worldwide, the box will come with an LP-size, 252-page hardcover book. All but two of the albums will use versions of the 2009 CD masters. “Help!” and “Rubber Soul” will be based on remixes from Beatles’ producer, George Martin, in 1986. The packages will replicate the vintage ‘60s artwork.

Why all of this attention? It is because The Beatles were, are and always will be the Greatest Band in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. I have said before that The Beatles were the only band to have a cultural impact on the world. I should have said that The Beatles had the largest cultural impact on the world of any band.

But, I have never said The Beatles were my favorite band.

My favorite band depends on the day as I have many favorite bands. But no-one compares to The Beatles.

If this were baseball, The Beatles would be the only Major League team. All the others would be considered minor league teams.

Some people might say the Rolling Stones are the best. Not a chance. In fact, I would take Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd or the Who before The Stones.

For The Beatles, the song was the show. Not strutting around like a chicken on acid, not destroying instruments or hanging themselves on stage. The members of The Beatles took music very seriously, and they took themselves less seriously, thanks to George Harrison, my favorite Beatle.

The Beatles changed the way music was written, produced, recorded and played live.

The band decided to quit touring in 1966, just two years after its first trip to the states, and to find out if it was still a good band, The Beatles came up with “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

No band could match The Beatles’ output in the very short time it was together. No other band changed as much from its first record to its last. Very few bands can say that its last records are better than its first.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney could write songs on demand, and did, more than once. No other band’s members can match the musical output and quality of the four individual members of The Beatles after they broke up.

The Beatles had two of the best singer/songwriters of all time and in any genre. The Beatles made other bands and artists better. Just ask Bob Dylan or Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys.

My friend Pat Hunt, who is a music nut and thinks that Brian Wilson is god, said there is no contest between The Beatles and other bands.

Triple Play Records has been in business for almost 25 years and we have sold more Beatles music and merchandise than that of any other band. In fact, every Christmas at least one parent will come into to the store and say “I have a 13 or 14 year old and all they want is a Beatles record, do you think that is strange?” Even John McEuen said that about his daughter.

Last Christmas it was a father with a 9 year old wanting The Beatles.

Why is it that every generation rediscovers The Beatles? Because they were and are simply the best, ever.

Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. Email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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