Looking at the last decades of popular music, it is almost easier to argue today about the great importance and cultural significance of the Beatles than it would have been in the 1960s. The music they made and the influence they have even today, In terms of compositional and recording innovation, it holds up incredibly well compared to any artist you can name, of any decade.
This is especially true when you consider that the recording industry is several times larger than it was in the 1960s and that advances in digital recording technology, which were not in existence at all when the Beatles did their job, have made it possible. almost everything in recorded music. Despite these facts, many fans and critics agree that no one has come close to the particular brand of creative innovation, not to mention the worldwide popularity, achieved by John, Paul, George, and Ringo during their heyday as the Beatles.
In the 1960s, a frequent debate among rock fans raised the question of who was better: The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? Some would even include The Who, or later Led Zeppelin, to add to this debate. All of those bands are widely respected and could rightfully claim the throne of the best rock band. However, if you look at the influence of the Beatles and the cultural importance of their work beyond the limitations of “rock music”, it is clear that they have gained a different kind of credibility than their peers and have reached a level of impact. in history that the other bands haven’t had.
Not only does the songwriting of the Beatles meet modern standards, it is actually considered much more professional and polished than it was at the time they were a current band. In a way, the influences that entered his records, which included a lot of music from the first half of the 20th century, as well as the influences of classical music generated in the studio thanks to the help of classically trained producer George Martin, make the The Beatles’ work is a bridge between the old and the new, between the first half of the 20th century and the post-rock-n-roll era.
Much of the Beatles’ legacy relates to the incomparable 1960s, which saw unprecedented changes in human culture, geopolitics, global communication, the media, and naturally the music business. Haircuts, outfits, and other superficial aspects of your Beatles fame pose the risk of appearing dated. But he always comes back to music, and to that extent, his music is only growing in popularity, importance, and stature. Albums like Sergeant. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road, and the White album they’re even better reviewed today than when they came out, which can’t be said for the work of many of the Beatles impersonators of that decade.
The Beatles have a strong case for being considered the only artist to be named from the 20th century after hundreds of years have passed, just as previous centuries of music are defined by Mozart or Beethoven, or in literature by William. Shakespeare. Of course, those artists also had companions, but most people don’t listen to them or learn as much about them.
In late 2009, the Beatles relaunched their main catalog with remastered recordings of their long-awaited original works. They followed this up with a unique box set available on a green aluminum Apple device that contains a USB drive with the full stereo box set, contained in a high resolution audio format.