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Anyone who knows me well or even just a little, knows that I love the Beatles. I have been an obsessed fan ever since my senior year of high school back in 2000. High school was in no way the highlight of my life, music is a big part of what got me through. Before the Beatles came along, I was into country music. Only. In fact, I had somehow gotten it into my head that it was wrong to listen to anything else. What the heck, younger me!?
Then one day my mother literally turned to me and said please, please change the radio station! Even she was tired of the same music over and over. So, I begrudgingly turned it to the oldies. I guess you could say the rest is history!
Not long after that I decided to peruse my parents old records. They didn’t have the Beatles but they did have The Animals. Listening to The House of the Rising Sun blew my mind. I was discovering a whole new world of sounds, there really was more than just country! And it was so NOT wrong to listen to it!
This eventually lead me to other bands from the 1960’s, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Herman’s Hermits, The Kinks, The Monkees (another of my absolute favorites that deserve their own post) and so on. I wanted to hear it all. At first, for whatever reason I didn’t gravitate towards the Beatles. I’d heard some of their songs and liked them but, I don’t know, maybe I thought they were too popular so I shouldn’t like them? Teens do silly stuff like that you know, dislike stuff because it’s TOO popular. Weird.
I don’t even remember at what point I fell for the Beatles. But I know when I did fall, I fell hard! I loved everything about them, their music, their personas, the way they made me feel. They just plain and simple made me happy. Ringo and his dorky ways, George quiet kindness, Paul’s positive attitude and John with his wit and wisdom. He is my favorite. His lyrics, with the Beatles and solo, speaks to me. He wrote such personal feelings that it’s hard not to identify with.
Since becoming a fan, I’ve spent several thousand dollars on The Beatles. Between the CDs, DVDs, vinyl, concert tickets, Beatles festivals, books, clothing, memorabilia.. It’s insane! Most of that was spent in my early days of fandom though. I had just gotten my first job, lived with my parents and could still buy fun things. Good times, good times.
Since becoming a mother, I don’t listen to music as often as I used to and certainly don’t have the budget to buy everything Beatle related. I still have most of my memorabilia though, and probably always will have some of it. Here are a few of the quintessential items that have remained my favorite and most needed Beatles stuff.
The Beatles Anthology DVD Box Set – I can’t tell you how many times I watched this over and over. The Beatles themselves were actually involved in and did interviews for it. Their whole history is layed out in an entertaining and enduring way. It’s just so well done. By far, the ultimate Beatles documentary.
The Beatles Anthology book – If you only ever buy one Beatles book, it should be this one. The accompiant to the DVD series, it is full of stories told by the people actually involved. There are also lovely photos throughout, of course!
A Hard Day’s Night Miramax Collector’s Series DVD – You must see the Beatles’ first film. And this release of it is particularly nice. Beautiful packaging restored picture and sound.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Deluxe Edition) Vinyl or CD – I gotta be honest, I don’t own this yet, but I want it.. like a lot. Released last year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the album’s release, this set is truly gorgeous. A rightfully epic release of maybe their most iconic album.
The Beatles, Love – This is a collection of the Beatles original music reworked for the Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas. I’ve listened to this so much that my cd is wearing out. I’ve included it here because I think Sir George Martin, the Beatles original producer, did such an incredible job of piecing so many songs together and making them beautifully weave in and out of each other.
Honorable mention – John Lennon Anthology
I know it’s not Beatles but since John is my favorite, I had to add my most beloved release of his music. Yoko Ono compiled this 4-disc set of unreleased songs and alternate versions. You hear John’s most raw emotions, it is truely his “musical diary”.
That’s all for now. I could go on and on and on about the Beatles but nobody wants that. I’ll leave you with links to all their albums. Abbey Road is my favorite. Rubber Soul and Revolver are what I’d recommend to a new fan. But it’s all great and wonderful and everything good.