Essay title: The Beatles
The Beatles were an extremely popular and
influential group in Rock n Roll. My question is, “Why?” What drew thousands
upon thousands of screaming fans to these four British musicians? Was it
something in the sound of the instruments? Could it have been the bass
beat, or maybe the guitar playing? What about their lyrics? They had a
certain personality, too. Was that it? Lets look at each of these, and
some other factors as well.
What is the first thing you wonder
when you hear something new on the radio? You wonder who sings it. The
first thing you see when you pick up an album is who sings or performs
it. Hmm? This suggests the power of a catchy title. Something out of the
ordinary to catch the eye. Something misspelled, perhaps? The Beetles?
No, The Beatles. Whats in their name? In the words of Beatle John Lennon,
“when you hear it, the name is little crawly things. When you see it, its”beat” music.” I think thats quite attractive to a record store browser,
Of course, another thing that could
catch a browsing customer would be the pictures on the album. The fronts
of record albums are versatile that way because one can fit a lot on them.
I have looked at the images on a few Beatles records and, I must say,
they are rather attractive and flashy. One particular cover that I was
able to view is an album that went unreleased due to its picture. On the
cover there is a photograph of The Beatles in a butcher shop with carcasses
hanging around them; it certainly caught the eye. On another album, the
boys were all dressed up in Spanish bullfighter uniforms that were gaudy
enough to catch the eye of a blind man.
The sounds that the ear hears in
a song are without a doubt important to the persons opinion of that song.
To examine the sound of the instruments, I played the Anthology music through
a stereo with adjustable graphic equalizers. On a few songs, I isolated
the bass, and therefore the bass beat, then the treble, which includes
vocals and guitar, and finally, the background, which is mostly Ringos
drums. The first thing I noticed was a particularly catchy beat. It was
generally quick and moderately heavy. This would seem to be easy to dance,
or toe tap, to. I also listened intently to the guitar throughout the songs,
especially the guitar solos. George Harrison plays solos in “I Saw Her
Standing There” and “Money”, that sound quick and surge forth with an ear
catching sound. Other bits, in “Free as a Bird” and “Cry for a Shadow”,
for example, slowly twanged along.
The background sound of the drum
is generally not as noticeable in the music. The drums were generally drowned
out by the guitar and vocals; only the clanging of the symbols is clearly
heard. It seems as though the drums are almost completely absent in some
songs like “She Loves You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, and “Cant Buy
Me Love”. Simple logic leads me to believe that the drums, other than bass,
were not a significant contributor to their success because, if you cant
hear them, whats the use? I am a musician myself, and I have heard music