The Beatles were incredible at everything. That sounds hyperbolic but the more you listen, the truer it feels. From the giddy sugar rush pop of She Loves You to the lysergic thrills of Stawberry Fields Forever they could do it all.
String drenched ballads, finger-picked folk, music hall pastiche...with Tomorrow Never Knows, you could argue that The Beatles provided the template for The Chemical Brothers to exist! The Beatles didn’t do hip-hop but if they had, it would probably be the best hip-hop in the wor....ok so that’s pushing it but you get the point.
Like every great band, The Beatles took their influences and forged them into something thrillingly new. Still, for all their questing, boundary pushing experimentation, underneath it all was a great little rock band. They were a peerless rock’n’roll act forged in the fires of the Hamburg Reeperbahn.
They didn’t have the sleazy strut of The Rolling Stones or the guitar bombast of The Who but The Fab Four were more than capable of banging out a classic rock track.
Thanks to a careful handling of their legacy and sparing licensing of their back catalogue you won’t find many Beatles tracks on classic rock compilations. However, you can bet the people putting out those comps have reached out. These are the tracks they’ll have asked for.
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