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Beatles 'Firsts'
« on: February 15, 2007, 06:12:18 PM »

Sorry if something like this has been done before- but I thought it would be interesting to hear of some Beatles 'firsts' no matter what they are. They were so influential and had so many 'firsts' from music, to lifestyles, to beliefs :-)

I guess I will start then...

- the first band to use a sitar on their records (more groups used sitars later following their example- e.g. the rolling stones)

so what else is there? ...
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Re: Beatles 'Firsts'
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2007, 06:36:17 PM »

Hi Tangerine! And welcome on behalf of us all!  :)

First with strings/an orchestra?
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Re: Beatles 'Firsts'
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2007, 07:06:54 PM »

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First with strings/an orchestra?

Pop records had strings added even in the very early days - the Beatles were well beaten in that area I think! :)
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Re: Beatles 'Firsts'
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2007, 10:16:52 PM »

First group to use feedback on a record wern't they? or maybe not

first type pop video

first backwards music?

probably most on the top 10 chart at one time!

Largest TV audience for the ed sullivan?

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Re: Beatles 'Firsts'
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2007, 10:26:22 PM »

They invented stadium rock shows.
They invented whole albums of group singer-songwriting.
They were the first to put lyrics on the album cover.
They were the first group to stop touring and to refuse millions to redo a concert.
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Re: Beatles 'Firsts'
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2007, 10:47:49 PM »

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Pop records had strings added even in the very early days - the Beatles were well beaten in that area I think! :)

But the full orchestra?
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Re: Beatles 'Firsts'
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2007, 08:59:51 AM »


A list of Beatles' innovations here:
http://dmbeatles.com/forums/b-cc/m-1121752534/
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Re: Beatles 'Firsts'
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2007, 09:32:15 AM »

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But the full orchestra?

When did The Beatles use a full orchestra?
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Re: Beatles 'Firsts'
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2007, 09:33:12 AM »

A Day In The Life.
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Re: Beatles 'Firsts'
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2007, 09:39:37 AM »

Wasn't that "just" a forty piece. Isn't "full" about 100 (sorry - I'm probably just being pendantic).
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Re: Beatles 'Firsts'
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2007, 11:55:51 AM »

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When did The Beatles use a full orchestra?

Sgt. Pepper? All You Need Is Love?
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Re: Beatles 'Firsts'
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2007, 12:03:54 PM »

Full orchestra's are a 100 plus. Neither Pepper or AYNIL got close. (40 for Pepper, much less for AYNIL)
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Re: Beatles 'Firsts'
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2007, 12:05:14 PM »

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Full orchestra's are a 100 plus. Neither Pepper or AYNIL got close. (40 for Pepper, much less for AYNIL)

It's a good point. Not a full orchestra, but an orchestra.
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Re: Beatles 'Firsts'
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2007, 12:09:28 PM »

The first band to use spiritual themes in their lyrics and music?
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Re: Beatles 'Firsts'
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2007, 12:16:52 PM »

Buddy Holly used an orchestra on It Doesn't Matter Anymore ande True Love Ways. Also, Gerry And The Pacemakers used strings on Ferry Across The Mersey and You'll Never Walk Alone - both before the Beatles first use of strings or an orchestra.

And then there's Cliff Richard - Norrie Paramor orchestrated a load of his tracks.
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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2007, 12:19:27 PM »

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The first band to use spiritual themes in their lyrics and music?

Elvis released the first of many gospel albums in 1960. I'm sure there were plenty of other acts pre-Beatles as well.
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« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2007, 12:45:05 PM »

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Elvis released the first of many gospel albums in 1960. I'm sure there were plenty of other acts pre-Beatles as well.

That's a fair point too. I had thought about Gospel music, but I didn't know that Elvis was interested in that.
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Re: Beatles 'Firsts'
« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2007, 01:32:05 AM »

Not sure about this, but I think they were the first pop band to have a gatefold sleeve. Beatles For Sale. And possibly the first (and last?) to have a double EP.
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« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2007, 01:40:57 AM »

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- the first band to use a sitar on their records


That would be The Yardbirds - Heart Full Of Soul.
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Re: Beatles 'Firsts'
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2007, 03:28:18 PM »

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That would be The Yardbirds - Heart Full Of Soul.

wow really?!! I always thought it was the Beatles! thanks for the correction   :)
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