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Old Aug 31, 2005, 02:59 PM   #1
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Someone asked me this the other day. I was very close to answering "rock," but I had to stop myself. Fumbling through it, I see that they aren't really "rock." Yes, they have done plenty of "rock" songs, but they're songs really range from almost a jazzy sensation (Songs like "Michelle" are pretty smooth jazz-like.), to a bluesy tune (The given would be "Yer Blues" but I'd like to think that a lot of the "A Hard Day's Night" album is bluesy, and their earlier stuff as well.), to pop ("She Loves You" "Good Day Sunshine" et cetera), to acoustic rock, to rock, to even a hint of metal ("Helter Skelter," and "It's All Too Much".). So, really, what are they? My final answer to this person was "Great." They've done so much. It's almost overwhelming. But so excitingly so. That's why I think they're timeless. What do you all think? How's the best way to describe their music, if not by genre, then how? Are they that untouchable?
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The Beatles were the Beatles. They defined and utilised so many different styles of music that it's impossible to pinpoint them down to just one.
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Couldn't have said it better myself, Harb.
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The Beatles were the Beatles. They defined and utilised so many different styles of music that it's impossible to pinpoint them down to just one.
So they're just them? No words can ever describe them, except for "The Beatles"? It is very difficult to do, I agree. I know that if I owned a record shop I'd have a Beatles section. It would be a whole new genre of music that I would add to the middle of the shop where the other genres would simply revolve around it. Just as they do in reality.
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dictionary.com defines them as a rock group from Liverpool who between 1962 and 1970 produced a variety of hit songs and albums (most of it written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon)
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A good little Rock and Roll band
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I think they could be classified as 60's rock even though it is a rather vague term.

I think Harb put it best though. Their vision and diversity makes them impossible to classify.
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In the words of Lennon - "We were just a band who made it very, very big."
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Beatle - n. a member of the world's greatest band.

Beatles - n. a British group composed of 4 individuals, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Geroge Harrison and Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr). A group who raised the musical bar and are an impossible act to follow. -- British group who left indelible stamps on art, language and culture.
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