The Beatles were ALL I listened to when I was in middle school.
The first Anthology album came out in 1995 when I was ten years old, and from then on, I couldn’t get my hands on more Beatles fast enough.
Whether it was a song, a movie, or a musical analysis by an Icelandic biographer, if it had “The Beatles” on it, I wanted it.
So when I listened to the remixed “1962–66” and “1967–70” Beatles albums, they blew my mind.
In case you didn’t know, these “remixed” albums were done with “voodoo*” separation technology that allowed them to create better separation between instruments, even those that had been bounced down together to a single track.
Being able to hear the separation between the instruments in such detail was amazing to hear, and there were parts in certain songs I had never heard before.
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Funnily enough, the new technology doesn’t just enhance the tracks, but it also brings out any mistakes they made in their performances.
As much as we deify them, they were just musicians with their own hopes and dreams who made mistakes.
Because let’s not forget, The Beatles were nobodies once.
Just some random lads from Liverpool who got their first appearance on an album with the English singer Tony Sheridan on his record “My Bonnie.”
In the movie BackBeat from 1994, there’s a scene where they’re singing this song with Sheridan. BackBeat is about the early days of The Beatles in Hamburg.
It’s one of the movies I used to watch on repeat as a teenager after recording it to VHS from the Icelandic national television station, and it’s one of the core musical movies I watched growing up that would make me dream of becoming a performing musician.