The fact that so many books still name the Beatles as "the greatest or most significant or most influential" rock band ever only tells you how far rock music still is from becoming a serious art. Jazz critics have long recognized that the greatest jazz musicians of all times are Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, who were not the most famous or richest or best sellers of their times, let alone of all times. Classical critics rank the highly controversial Beethoven over classical musicians who were highly popular in courts around Europe. Rock critics are still blinded by commercial success. The Beatles sold more than anyone else (not true, by the way), therefore they must have been the greatest. Jazz critics grow up listening to a lot of jazz music of the past, classical critics grow up listening to a lot of classical music of the past. Rock critics are often totally ignorant of the rock music of the past, they barely know the best sellers. No wonder they will think that the Beatles did anything worthy of being saved.
>>61927788 I disagree somewhat about Sgt. Pepper. Sgt. Pepper was masterfully engineered in stereo, because Abbey Road Studios was a masterful studio in general at that point. The only issue I have is that She's Leaving Home isn't sped up ever so slightly to make Paul sound younger.
>>61927828 Yeah I just learned about the mono vs stereo debate with the Beatles and re-listened to their discography in mono and it was much better except Sgt. Pepper. I wasn't sure if it was because I've played it in stereo all my life, and way more than any other Beatles album, or it was just the exception to the mono thing.
>>61927828 It's funny because the Beatles themselves weren't even that crazy about Abbey Road as a studio and thought there were better ones out there. During recording sessions of their last couple albums John started talking about doing a new album in a different one, but they broke up before that.
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