I’m not a Beatles fan
It’s not that I ever disliked the music; it’s just that I was never really exposed to it. I never really listened
to it. Sure, I know the hits and the Wikipedia-esque history, but now here I am at 28, a professional audio engineer curious about what I missed out on.So here’s the deal:
In a month or two I am going to spend a long weekend listening to every Beatles record back to back in a real recording studio with some serious speakers. The problem for me though is how do I do this to maintain the contextual integrity of their work? What versions do I listen to? What context do I put them in? From what I can tell, there are too many options and I need some real Beatles fans to steer me in the best direction.Here are my variables of course…
Should I get the mono box set for the first 11 albums (if you guys consider it 11 full albums) and just listen to the last three in stereo? Or should I listen to them all in stereo? Do I get them with the most recent re-masters, or try and track down some older versions on CD? Do I get “Let It Be…Naked” and listen to that before I get Spector’s take on the record or not? Hell, what is the “real” discography I should listen to anyway? I want to keep this as real as possible- minus bonus tracks and all the extra “buy me” add ons!I want some real fan input!
I’m also interested in some type of literature to accompany my journey. My thought was maybe to listen to a record once or twice then spend some time reading about the context of that record. Maybe there is a book with a chapter on each record, maybe there isn’t. What do you guys think? Or would reading about these records change my views too much to give a “pure” listen?
I don’t know, I don’t know what the answer is. I bet you guys do though.
So please Beatles fans, discuss this with me. Help me map out my journey through the Fab Four!
I’m not much of a writer, but I may consider trying to blog as I go. Who knows! Maybe rather than a long weekend I’ll do one a week & digest and write. I don’t know. I just need some input on the best way to really experience the Beatles for the first time.
Thanks in advance!!!!!!Disclaimers:
* I’m posting this on numerous forums, so don’t get discouraged if you’ve seen me post before, I’m genuinely that interested in getting the most info as possible!
**I’m an audio guy by profession, and I unfortunately do have a somewhat biased opinion on musicianship/ production quality… something that may benefit or even take away from my process… but this is also the reason I’m so interested.
***My only major stipulation on discussing listening material is that getting original vinyls is not an option (unless someone with big bucks out there cares to send me copies). While I am not afraid to search out for used copies of older CD masters on Amazon.com, I am certainly not rich by any means.