Why Would Anyone Want To Listen To Mono Mixes?
It may be confusing to some younger Beatles fans who don’t know the history or context of how The Beatles music was recorded in the 1960s that anyone would purposely want to listen to mono instead of stereo mixes of The Beatles albums. They may have a hard time understanding the importance of The Beatles Mono Box Set coming out on 9/9/9.
The “Original Intent” Of The Beatles
A lot of people want to hear these mono mixes because they feel they are the albums as The Beatles originally intended them to be heard. For the folks who want to listen to these original mono mixes for this reason it’s all about preserving the historical record. They want to hear The Beatles just as their first fans in the ’60s did.
For the band’s first 10 studio albums their focus was primarily on the mono mixes, the stereo mixes were an afterthought in comparison. This is because at the time most people listened to music with a mono playback system
How do you explain the continuing The Beatles rise to the top, a pop group that broke up officially in 1970? The Beatles break up was marked with rancor and resentment between McCartney and Lennon. Lawsuits were filed and legal matters dragged out for years, during which time the principles hardly communicated. Harrison recorded all those songs unappreciated by the Lennon/McCartney juggernaut on the double album “All Things Must Pass.” And even though McCartney and even Ringo Starr have had viable post Beatle careers, the parts are less than the whole, especially those who remember the Beatlemania of the 1960s.
This sour end to the most popular music group of all time has not cooled the ardor of their fans. Each CD re-incarnation of the vinyl album sells in the millions. The Beatles Anthology, a complete and pricey retrospective set of their entire career, became a run-away best seller in the mid 1990s and again in its 2003 DVD release. The Cirque du Soleil’s “Love” Las Vegas show is the ticket of the year and is garnering rave reviews. And
How do you know if your favorite drummer is truly something special or just an average drummer with some chops? The ability to play drums is something that most of us can learn with enough time and effort but to be classified as a truly talented and gifted drummer you have to possess several other skills and natural abilities. First off the primary job of any drummer is to keep as perfect time as possible in every song under all situations. This alone is will filter out 80% of drummers from this list. A perfect meter (time) is something that only the finest and most naturally skilled drummers possess. If you can keep perfect or close to perfect time without a click track you are something special.
Next is the ability to play for the music and not for yourself. Most drummers have a difficult time not overplaying in certain situations. Unless you’re playing Dream Theater or Rush your job is to move the music, provide the groove and of course keep the tempo consistent.
Although you might not be familiar with her name, Astrid Kirchherr was very pivotal figure in the history of pop music. Through her relationship with Stuart Sutcliffe, she was the central figure that transformed The Beatles, then a struggling British band playing clubs in Hamburg’s Kaiserkeller, into the band that would revolutionize popular music.
When Astrid first heard The Beatles playing in the Kaiserkeller, she was drawn to the rebellious new type of music they were playing, rock n roll. She would visit the Kaiserkeller every day to be near them, eventually asking them if they would to have a photo session, with her as photographer. Since all the other bands they knew only had snapshots taken by friends, they saw it as an opportunity. Astrid saw it as a chance to get close to their bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe.
The images of The Beatles in a rundown fairground were the result of this first session. They capture all the ambition and innocence of The Beatles, all in their late teens, and early twenties. But beyond recording the early years of the most influential band in history, Astrid Kirchherr also influenced their style, through her
For anybody who is brought into this world in the period of the computerized age, chances are you’ll ponder of The Beatles as being a quartet that had endurance and played music for 2 or 3 generations. However the fact is, many the band’s feats were definitely realized in a time frame of eight yrs mainly, just before the group’s ultimate break-up in the early 70s. In those 8 years, these people performed several awesome things. The group caused a mania dissimilar to another, swapping the world of music. In simple terms, they transformed everything in that really short time period.
Down the page is a total directory of the Beatles discography and The Beatles songs as well as an outline of what the Beatles studio albums have gained:
Please Please Me – As the debut concept album, you should count on a small number of weakly tunes within the LP. Interestingly, there just weren’t. Just about all of the songs, from “I Saw Her Standing There” to “Please Please Me” ended up being strong, and even a critic mentioned that dozens of years right after the record’s release, pretty
From three-minute pop classics to the psychedelic extravaganza of “Sgt. Pepper”, their songs sound tracked the Sixties. They were the greatest group in history. They probably always will be.
The Beatles were, quite simply, phenomenal. They changed lives; they changed pop music; they changed the world. In writing their own hits, they set a pattern that would liberate popular music from its Tin Pan Alley roots and pave the way for even greater self-expression from the generations that followed.
Although people think of the Beatles as John, Paul, George and Ringo, their musical history began in 1957 when Liverpool schoolboy John Lennon invited 15-year-old Paul McCartney to join his skiffle group, the Quarrymen.
By August 1960, when they began playing in Hamburg clubs as the Beatles, they had been joined by guitarist George Harrison, bassist Stuart Sutcliffe and drummer Pete Beast (Sutcliffe stayed in Hamburg and guitarist McCartney took over bass). Brian Epstein, the owner of a Liverpool record store, became their manager and did much to sharpen their image. Pete Best was replaced in August 1962 by Ringo Starr from Rory Storme & the Hurricanes and
BACKGROUND HISTORY: The first musical bands originated in New Orleans among black musicians who have traditionally been the innovators. The first jazz record ever recorded was by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1917, and of course they were white because racism always rears its ugly head to hold black people back. But during the Roaring 20’s, young white people couldn’t resist the dance beat laid down by the black jazz bands. Fletcher Henderson, a black man, became the first band leader to achieve national fame possibly because he featured Louis Armstrong on trumpet. Duke Ellington, a classicly trained musician, brought a level of style and sophistication to jazz that hadn’t been seen before. But it wasn’t until 1935 that jazz bands with a “swing beat” achieved national attention due to Benny Goodman who I think was the best clarinet player ever to blow air into that instrument. Benny also had the good sense and taste to bring the first great drummer, Gene Krupa, into his band.
When rock and roll exploded into human consciousness during the early 1950’s, black musicians like Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Smokey Robinson pioneered the
The “Beatles” was formed in the summer of 1962 and from that moment on John Lennon and Paul McCartney, created a pop legend that (not even the band themselves ) could have imagined the impact they were about to create. The boys from Liverpool, where they crafted their talent and took the musical world by storm.
George Harrison would become the dark horse in the later years by surpassing Lennon/McCartney in writing the most covered song. That song was “Something’, with”Frank Sinatra’ covered himself and claimed to be the most beautiful song Lennon/McCartney ever composed. That’s just the way it was for George being in the giant shadow cast by his band mates superior writing talent.
Ringo, the other second rate Beatle, was given one song per album compared to George’s two. There was a good reason for this. Georges songs were not particularly good early on and they had a hard time letting him know this without hurting his feelings But when George developed his writing skills. He did so in a big way.
Ringo did not write at all. John and Paul did make it
For someone who doesn’t know The Beatles history it would be easy to dismiss the “Past Masters” & “Mono Masters” compilations because they contain only non-album songs. After all, if the songs were really good then they would have made it on the albums, right?
No! Not right at all. The Beatles actually thought of their singles and their albums as completely different entities. This is a much different approach than is common today when singles are basically just tracks from the album (used as sort of an advertisement for the album as a whole.)
Many of their albums actually contain no songs that were released as singles at all and many of their most famous songs were never included on any official UK album.
Perhaps the best example of this singles and albums as different entities approach is that on the exact same day Rubber Soul was released in 1965, the “We Can Work It Out”/”Day Tripper” single was also released (those two songs were not included on the album!)
The Past Masters double disc compilation includes all of the band’s non-album tracks released from
The Beatles are almost universally regarded as the greatest act in the history of post-war popular music, and that claim is hard to deny when one considers their status as the biggest selling musical act in history, their universal critical acclaim, and the never duplicated hysteria that surrounded the band during the height of “Beatlemania” in the Sixties. The cult of the Beatles is alive and well around the world more than 40 years after the band’s demise.
The group got its start in Liverpool, in the Fifties, as a John Lennon-led skiffle band called the “Quarryman.” Lennon was a rebellious Liverpool youth who had been introduced to rock and roll music from the recordings brought across the Atlantic and into Liverpool by English merchant sailors. It was from these recordings that Lennon and his generation in England were first introduced to the likes of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Little Richard, Fats Domino, and other early fathers of the music. Eager to emulate his new heroes and make a name for himself, Lennon recruited some schoolmates to join him in his new band. Members would come and go until the band settled with
Not every group sticks out from the annals of history the way The Beatles do. To be more exact, this group doesn’t just stand out. They are part of what defines the story of the evolution of modern music. If the group never came to be, popular music as we know it would not be the same.
The group’s origins can be traced back to 1960 when a teenage John Lennon set up The Quarrymen. The original line up included Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best. Paul McCartney and George Harrison joined at a later date. Sutcliffe eventually decided to leave the group but remained in good terms with the group until his early death in 1962 due to brain hemorrhage. Best on the other hand was let go and replaced by Ringo Starr.
It was not clear to Best why he was dismissed and the only explanation given was that the others did not want him in the group anymore. Apparently though, the drummer did not fit in with the group, being the only one who did not adopt the uniform band member appearance and who did not hang out
It always happens. You are practicing with your band in the garage and something just does not jive. You have not one clue why things are not following the groove you feel in your bones. You decide to get out the old cassette recorder to see if you can identify the problem. And when you listen to a playback of a song you hear nothing but a dummer gone crazy and a bass player trying to keep up.
Nothing detracts from live music more than a drummer that has something to prove. Drummers are without a doubt the strangest musicians on the planet. They are always in their own little world. You would be too if all you heard in your head all day is splash, boom, pop, pop, crash. It is simple to point out to a guitar or keyboard player that a certain lick does not fit, or they are using the wrong progression on a song. But you have no basis as far as keys or scales when talking to drummer. Everything comes from his heart. And as much as that is a good thing, it is hard to get
Picking up drumming is not just a hobby, however a lifestyle. It requires a lot of commitment and diligence in order to be successful. The outcome of being a good drummer is immense. Being a drummer can be one of the most fulfilling things someone can do in their life.
You might be asking me now, how do you get to that level? There is definitely a difference between a drummer who plays for a hobby, and a drummer who plays for a lifestyle. The big difference is attitude and practice habits. Having the commitment to practice regularly is the only way you will improve and become a better drummer. Below is our top 3 tips for you to fast track your drumming skills.
Make time to practice and time to play. One of the biggest errors a drummer can make is failing to make time for practice as well as time for jamming. There is a big difference between practicing and jamming. Practice time is a chance to work on your stick control, drumming beats, skills, and other techniques that you may want to
Timekeeping – The bane of the drummer’s life!
Brains are brilliant. Human brains especially so. They are incredible machines at recognizing patterns – and aren’t drum beats just patterns? As we develop as drummers our sensitivity to time-keeping seems to go through an evolution of its own. Look at any young drummer who has just started out. Are they worried about speeding up and slowing down? No, not in the slightest. There are other considerations at the forefront of their minds – how much noise they can make seems to be one of them!
Similarly, a young guitarist, bassist or keyboard player will not be concentrating on groove or tempo either – they will be busy thinking about notes, chords, and the settings on their amplifiers. Timekeeping is just never on the top of their list.
Consider then what happens when a young band is formed. Quite quickly the ‘job’ of keeping the tempo steady is given to the drummer (although this may not be formally identified as such – the un-written rule just seems to take hold of its own accord). The drummer has less to think about, after all. No notes, no chords,
A lot of bands when they first start out have some good decisions and some bad ones. They have some good ideas and they also have their bad. A lot of good and bad follow the band through out there career and that’s just the way it will always be. No band will ever be perfect, but there is no shame in trying. What I’m discussing is my personal opinion, but I’m going to share with you some tips that may help you, as an artist, in your decision making.
Sometimes bands are put together in a rush. What I mean by that is, they want to hurry up and record the EP or album and then put the band together afterwards. I’m not saying it’s a bad idea at all. I actually think it’s a really clever idea if done right. A lot of the times they will want to record everything and then get a studio drummer to record the drums. This studio drummer is temporary and that’s his job. He or she comes in and records the drums for the album or EP and then gets paid, or they may
Can you be sure that you want to be a drummer if you are not really sure of what drummers do? Sure, drummers drum, but what does that really mean?
Here are some of the things that the best drummers do – and that you will be doing if you are serious about playing drums:-
Keep the beat. The drummer is the pulse of the band. You set the tempo, and you make sure that the band keeps the tempo. You have to be rock solid all the time and not speed up when you get excited or slow down when you get bored (or when the music gets complicated!).
Drive the band. Beyond keeping the beat, you have no make that beat exciting. You have to drive the band forward, creating a groove that makes the audience want to get up and dance. (This is tougher than it sounds, since you have to drive forward without speeding up!).
Set things up. The drummer is the timekeeper and, in many cases, the conductor. When there is something big coming up – the chorus of
Hey there drummer fans, I’m here to talk about 5 of the best drummers during their time, you’ll probably notice that numbers 4, 3, and 2 are older. Please feel free to comment on this article and give your opinion on who you think are the top 5. Alright lets get started! XD
(NOTE: Number 5-3 are not in order of which ones I think are better, I believe they are all amazing and that only the top 2 are superior drummers.)
5. Number 5 is recognized easily from his gigantic drum-kit ranging from some of the highest pitched tom-toms to even the lowest pitched floor toms, he filled in for Korn’s drummer when David Silveria parted with band and played an AMAZING drum solo in I Will Protect You, ladies and gentlemen it is mister Terry Bozzio!
Now mister Terry Bozzio’s drumming can’t be described in words as good as watching in person so head over to YouTube to his solo and other great work, like the one of him working with Chad Wackerman. Their work is made up of so much talent and coordination and
A drummer is referred to a musician who plays drums, drum kits, cymbals, marching percussion, or hand drums and even cowbell. The drummers are generally those musicians who are versatile enough to play any genre of music.
Drumming is a good activity for those who love to listen and create music while concentrating on rhythm. And for finding a good drummer one should consider whether the drum player has
A drum kit
A mat or carpet
A will to make fly beats
Lots of time to practice
Important things to consider while finding a good drummer
For finding a good drummer one should always look for someone who is a studio drummer. A studio drummer is one who can play well in any musical genre or combination or styles because the most famous studio drummers are renowned for their ability to adapt to any style of music. This versatility of playing any kind of styles in a concert or studio makes the person a good drummer.
Drummers are a strange breed. They are the loudest instrument on a track and are notoriously difficult to get right. The drummer needs to keep the rhythm going and the other band members will be using the drummer to keep pace. All this pressure isn’t for everyone and playing the drums is a bit like trying to pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time, it is almost impossible for an untrained guy to be a good drummer. But who are the best three drummers? It is a tough decision but below are the best drummers of all time.
Mike Portnoy – Tattoos all over his arms, a beard and long hair. Mike certainly looks the part and his drummer isn’t half bad either. The founder of Dream Theatre, Mike is a drummer like no other. He was born in New York and is mainly a self taught drummer. He is the youngest drummer in the drummer’s hall of fame and has been the best progressive rock drummer in modern drummer magazines reader’s polls an unbelievable 12 years in a row, simply phenomenal.
Benny Greb – Benny’s
What makes a drummer famous? Is it his looks? His lucky break? His dress? Or is it just his playing? Whichever way drummers become famous, many of us drummers have our opinions about them. What might seem “awesome” to me is just “okay” to you and vice versa. If you have a favorite drummer then we should hear about it! But before we do that lets talk about the famous drummers who made it to the top.
In the music world there are many types of genres. There is punk, rock, punk rock, progressive rock, funk, latin, jazz, country, independent and so on. What makes a drummer good is how he/she can contribute to that style of music. Do they make the beat slam? Do they add intensity to the music or are they boring? Do they lack style or have too much of it? The drummers that I am going to list, are awesome to me. Like I said, this is up to each drummers opinion but here is mine.
For punk rock it’s Travis Barker. He is the drummer for Blink 182. This man has amazing skills in