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Alan W. Pollack's 'Notes On' Series. The Beatles' Defining Moment (Hint: It's Not 'Sgt. Pepper') Hide captionThe Beatles pose in Liverpool's Derby Square in February 1963 — the year, according to author Colin Fleming, that yielded the band's most definitive work.

The Beatles' Defining Moment (Hint: It's Not 'Sgt. Pepper')

Michael Ward/Getty Images The Beatles pose in Liverpool's Derby Square in February 1963 — the year, according to author Colin Fleming, that yielded the band's most definitive work. Author Colin Fleming is an avowed Beatles superfan, but he has one deeply held opinion about the band that other fans might find heretical. In an essay in this month's issue of The Atlantic, Fleming argues that the Fab Four's most emblematic, "Beatle-esque" year was 1963, before they'd even made it big in the States. His evidence? At the risk of a flood of calls and letters from angry fans, arguing that the band's defining year was '65 or '67, Weekend Edition Sunday decided to hear Fleming out. So why 1963? Well, I think people like to focus on [Sgt.]

So these guys were young then. How many sessions did they record at that time? Live At Paris 1965 - the Beatles. La Bible. Ten Great Years. The Beatles Never Broke Up... The Beatles Complete On Ukulele. Philip Goldberg: Beatles in India: The Retreat That Reverberates Across the Universe. Forty five years ago, the Beatles were settling into the ashram of their new guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in Rishikesh, India.

Philip Goldberg: Beatles in India: The Retreat That Reverberates Across the Universe

The news coverage was nonstop and global, as it had been six months earlier when the lads first met Maharishi and became public advocates for his Transcendental Meditation technique. It would have been easy at the time to dismiss the media frenzy as just another pop culture craze. But reporters knew this was different. Why would four young, bright, fun-loving youngsters, wealthy beyond imagining, able to go anywhere and do anything, choose to hunker down in an austere, vegetarian, non-air-conditioned compound in the Himalayan foothills and spend large chunks of time each day with their eyes closed? What is this meditation thing? Questions like those turned what might have been a brief media burst into a watershed moment in cultural history.

The Beatles took to meditation like they had taken to Chuck Berry and Little Richard. This Day in Music Spotlight: I Want to Hold Your Hun. Special thanks to

This Day in Music Spotlight: I Want to Hold Your Hun

It’s hard to believe in this day and age, but in 1964 — at the dawn of Beatlemania — there was some doubt as to whether the Fab Four would sell in a non-English-speaking country like Germany. Perhaps those making that assessment weren’t aware that The Beatles had spent their formative years as a band tearing down houses on Hamburg’s Reeperbahn on a nightly basis. Nevertheless, Odeon Records (the German imprint of EMI) contacted George Martin and Brian Epstein and convinced them that The Beatles should record their biggest hits in German so that they could sell more records there. Martin and Epstein agreed. The Beatles did not. The group had set up shop in Paris for a series of dates at the historic Olympia music hall, and were none too thrilled at the prospect of re-doing “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You” with ham-handed, translated lyrics.

The larger undertaking was the re-recording of “She Loves You,” retitled “Sie Liebt Dich.” John Lennon: Scumbag. Written by: Lennon-Ono-ZappaRecorded: 6 June 1971Producers: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector Released: 15 September 1972 (UK), 12 June 1972 (US)

John Lennon: Scumbag

Inside Abbey Road. The Beatles in the Studio: ... virtually in Studio 2. Abbey Road's webcam. Studio 2 mixing room image - Abbey Road Studios at 80 (photos) Beatles Unknown Chord Mystery Solved. It’s the most famous chord in rock 'n' roll, an instantly recognizable twang rolling through the open strings on George Harrison’s 12-string Rickenbacker.

Beatles Unknown Chord Mystery Solved

It evokes a Pavlovian response from music fans as they sing along to the refrain that follows: "It’s been a hard day’s nightAnd I’ve been working like a dog" The opening chord to "A Hard Day’s Night" is also famous because, for 40 years, no one quite knew exactly what chord Harrison was playing. There were theories aplenty and musicians, scholars and amateur guitar players all gave it a try, but it took a Dalhousie mathematician to figure out the exact formula. The how-to-remember"Hey Jude"Diagram. Michael Deal ◊ Graphic Design. Ongoing study of Beatles through infographics, much of which is based on secondary sources such as sales statistics, biographies, recording session notes, sheet music, and raw audio readings.

Michael Deal ◊ Graphic Design

This graphic traces songwriting contributions by different band members (data based on authorial attributions quantified by William J. Dowlding in the book Beatlesongs. Audio Analysis of the Beatles Multitrack Masters. While digging through Usenet, I stumbled on these three unidentified tracks that pick apart three of the Beatles' original multitrack masters, isolating and highlighting pieces from "She's Leaving Home," "A Day in the Life," and "Come Together.

Audio Analysis of the Beatles Multitrack Masters

" It's an astounding, and very listenable, glimpse into their recording process. Update: Removed the downloads, see update below. Multitrack Analysis of She's Leaving HomeMultitrack Analysis of A Day In the LifeMultitrack Analysis of Come Together. The Beatles' Defining Moment (Hint: It's Not 'Sgt. Pepper') Beatles : les albums remasterisés. Paperback Web Writer. Picture yourself on a boat... Beatles movies & footage.