Tuesday, 16 November 2004

Beatles For Sale

On the release of the Beatles' first four American albums on CD. I think the Capitol albums are a travesty, but I can appreciate that they hold nostalgic value for Americans. And this sentence is especially fun for a singles collector like me:
The Beatles took a different view. With only a handful of exceptions, they adhered to a policy of keeping albums and singles separate. For them, why should a fan who bought the single have to buy those songs again on an LP?
I guess I've met too many people who think albums are the be-all and end-all of rock. Don't get me wrong, I love them, but I'm also a big fan of singles with their obscure B-sides and the needle spinning deliriously for 3 minutes, and I didn't like the death of the single in favour of albums full of filler tracks (although it seems MP3s have brought the single back to life). If you have 40 minutes of stuff, you make a great album (Sgt Pepper's, for instance). If you only have 5 minutes, don't compel me to listen to 35 minutes of pap.

Incidentally, I hate it when people talk about new albums and go "I like tracks 2, 7, and 9". If you liked the songs so much, learn their names.




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