To secure a UK record contract, Epstein negotiated an early end to the band's contract with Polydor, in exchange for more recordings backing Tony Sheridan. I Love You ". Martin initially selected the Starr version of "Love Me Do" for the band's first single, though subsequent re-pressings featured the White version, with Starr on tambourine.
In Decemberthe Beatles concluded their fifth and final Hamburg residency. He'd tell us that jeans were not particularly smart and could we possibly manage to wear proper trousers, but he didn't want us suddenly looking square. He'd let us have our own sense of individuality.
It was supplemented by the four tracks already released on their first two singles. Martin considered recording the LP live at The Cavern Club, but after deciding that the building's acoustics were inadequate, he elected to simulate a "live" album with minimal production in "a single marathon session at Abbey Road".
It reached number one on every UK chart except Record Retailerwhere it peaked at number two. Recalling how the Beatles "rushed to deliver a debut album, bashing out Please Please Me in a day", AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote: "Decades after its release, the album still sounds fresh, precisely because of its intense origins. And the words were almost irrelevant. Released in MarchPlease Please Me was the first of eleven consecutive Beatles albums released in the United Kingdom to reach number one.
The success brought increased media exposure, to which the Beatles responded with an irreverent and comical attitude that defied the expectations of pop musicians at the time, inspiring even more interest. Greeted with riotous enthusiasm by screaming fans, the press dubbed the phenomenon " Beatlemania ".
In late October, the Beatles began a five-day tour of Sweden, their first time abroad since the final Hamburg engagement of December Around 50 to journalists and photographers, as well as representatives from the BBCalso joined the airport reception, the first of more than such events.
Please Please Me maintained the top position on the Record Retailer chart for 30 weeks, only to be displaced by its follow-up, With the Beatles which EMI released on 22 November to record advance orders ofcopies. The LP topped a half-million albums sold in one week. In a reversal of then standard practice, EMI released the album ahead of the impending single " I Want to Hold Your Hand ", with the song excluded to maximise the single's sales.
EMI's American subsidiary, Capitol Recordshindered the Beatles' releases in the United States for more than a year by initially declining to issue their music, including their first three singles. Concurrent negotiations with the independent US label Vee-Jay led to the release of some, but not all, of the songs in The Beatlescomprising most of the songs of Parlophone's Please Please Mebut a management shake-up led to the album not being released.
The record received some airplay in the Tidewater area of Virginia from Gene Loving of radio station WGH and was featured on the "Rate-a-Record" segment of American Bandstandbut it failed to catch on nationally. This caused an increase in demand, leading Capitol to bring forward the release of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by three weeks.
The Beatles  along with Capitol's debut album, Meet the Beatles! On 7 Februarythe Beatles departed from Heathrow with an estimated 4, fans waving and screaming as the aircraft took off.
Kennedy Airportan uproarious crowd estimated at 3, greeted them. Biographer Jonathan Gould writes that, according to the Nielsen rating service, it was "the largest audience that had ever been recorded for an American television program ".
The Beatles' first visit to the US took place when the nation were still mourning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy the previous November. The group's popularity generated unprecedented interest in British music, and many other UK acts subsequently made their American debuts, successfully touring over the next three years in what was termed the British Invasion.
Capitol Records' lack of interest throughout did not go unnoticed, and a competitor, United Artists Recordsencouraged their film division to offer the Beatles a three-motion-picture deal, primarily for the commercial potential of the soundtracks in the US. United Artists released a full soundtrack album for the North American market, combining Beatles songs and Martin's orchestral score; elsewhere, the group's third studio LP, A Hard Day's Nightcontained songs from the film on side one and other new recordings on side two.
All of the disparate influences on their first two albums coalesced into a bright, joyous, original sound, filled with ringing guitars and irresistible melodies. To many of Dylan's followers in the folk music scene, the Beatles were seen as idolaters, not idealists. Within six months of the meeting, according to Gould, "Lennon would be making records on which he openly imitated Dylan's nasal drone, brittle strum, and introspective vocal persona"; and six months after that, Dylan began performing with a backing band and electric instrumentationand "dressed in the height of Mod fashion".
During the US tour, the group were confronted with racial segregation in the country at the time. I'd sooner lose our appearance money.
According to Gould, the Beatles' fourth studio LP, Beatles for Saleevidenced a growing conflict between the commercial pressures of their global success and their creative ambitions.
Released in early December, its eight original compositions stood out, demonstrating the growing maturity of the Lennon—McCartney songwriting partnership. I was pretty stunned for a month or two. Harrison's use of psychedelic drugs encouraged his path to meditation and Hinduism. He commented: "For me, it was like a flash.
The first time I had acidit just opened up something in my head that was inside of me, and I realized a lot of things. I didn't learn them because I already knew them, but that happened to be the key that opened the door to reveal them.
From the moment I had that, I wanted to have it all the time — these thoughts about the yogis and the Himalayas, and Ravi 's music. In July, the Beatles' second film, Help! Described as "mainly a relentless spoof of Bond ",  it inspired a mixed response among both reviewers and the band. McCartney said: " Help! It was fun, but basically, as an idea for a film, it was a bit wrong. The Help! The group's third US tour opened with a performance before a world-record crowd of 55, at New York's Shea Stadium on 15 August — "perhaps the most famous of all Beatles' concerts", in Lewisohn's description.
At a show in Atlanta, the Beatles gave one of the first live performances ever to make use of a foldback system of on-stage monitor speakers. In mid-October, the Beatles entered the recording studio; for the first time when making an album, they had an extended period without other major commitments. Now we were really beginning to think about albums as a bit of art on their own.
And because they were writing different material, we were playing differently. As the lyrics grew more artful, fans began to study them for deeper meaning. While some of Rubber Soul ' s songs were the product of Lennon and McCartney's collaborative songwriting,  the album also included distinct compositions from each,  though they continued to share official credit.
Capitol Records, from December when it began issuing Beatles recordings for the US market, exercised complete control over format,  compiling distinct US albums from the band's recordings and issuing songs of their choosing as singles. According to Beatles biographer Bill Harryit has been incorrectly suggested that this was meant as a satirical response to the way Capitol had "butchered" the US versions of the band's albums. During a tour of the Philippines the month after the Yesterday and Today furore, the Beatles unintentionally snubbed the nation's first lady, Imelda Marcoswho had expected them to attend a breakfast reception at the Presidential Palace.
The resulting riots endangered the group and they escaped the country with difficulty. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first — rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Almost as soon as they returned home, the Beatles faced a fierce backlash from US religious and social conservatives as well as the Ku Klux Klan over a comment Lennon had made in a March interview with British reporter Maureen Cleave.
I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I will be proved right Jesus was alright but his disciples were thick and ordinary.
It's them twisting it that ruins it for me. At a press conference, Lennon pointed out, "If I'd said television was more popular than Jesus, I might have got away with it. Released in August, a week before the Beatles' final tour, Revolver marked another artistic step forward for the group.
Its creation involved eight tape decks distributed about the EMI building, each staffed by an engineer or band member, who randomly varied the movement of a tape loop while Martin created a composite recording by sampling the incoming data. As preparations were made for a tour of the US, the Beatles knew that their music would hardly be heard.
Having originally used Vox AC30 amplifiers, they later acquired more powerful watt amplifiers, specially designed by Vox for them as they moved into larger venues inbut these were still inadequate. Struggling to compete with the volume of sound generated by screaming fans, the band had grown increasingly bored with the routine of performing live.
The band performed none of their new songs on the tour. Freed from the burden of touring, the Beatles embraced an increasingly experimental approach as they recorded Sgt. Pepper had to be different.
We had microphones right down in the bells of brass instruments and headphones turned into microphones attached to violins. We used giant primitive oscillators to vary the speed of instruments and vocals and we had tapes chopped to pieces and stuck together upside down and the wrong way around. Pepper LP followed with a rush-release in May. The overwhelming consensus is that the Beatles had created a popular masterpiece: a rich, sustained, and overflowing work of collaborative genius whose bold ambition and startling originality dramatically enlarged the possibilities and raised the expectations of what the experience of listening to popular music on record could be.
On the basis of this perception, Sgt. Pepper became the catalyst for an explosion of mass enthusiasm for album-formatted rock that would revolutionise both the aesthetics and the economics of the record business in ways that far outstripped the earlier pop explosions triggered by the Elvis phenomenon of and the Beatlemania phenomenon of In the wake of Sgt.
Pepperthe underground and mainstream press widely publicised the Beatles as leaders of youth culture, as well as "lifestyle revolutionaries". Pepper topped the UK charts for 23 consecutive weeks, with a further four weeks at number one in the period through to February Pepper ' s initial commercial success exceeded that of all previous Beatles albums.
Pepper at number one on its list of the greatest albums of all time. Two Beatles film projects were conceived within weeks of completing Sgt. Pepper : Magical Mystery Toura one-hour television film, and Yellow Submarinean animated feature-length film produced by United Artists. The next day, they travelled to Bangor for his Transcendental Meditation retreat.
On 27 August, their manager's assistant, Peter Brown, phoned to inform them that Epstein had died. I knew that we were in trouble then. I didn't really have any misconceptions about our ability to do anything other than play music, and I was scared. I thought, 'We've fuckin' had it now.
I don't think it could have been worse if they had heard that their own fathers had dropped dead. Pepper however, in line with the band's wishes, the packaging reinforced the idea that the release was a film soundtrack rather than a follow-up to Sgt. Magical Mystery Tour first aired on Boxing Day to an audience of approximately 15 million. The group were less involved with Yellow Submarinewhich only featured the band appearing as themselves for a short live-action segment.
Their time in India marked one of the band's most prolific periods, yielding numerous songs, including a majority of those on their next album. McCartney said, "We made a mistake. We thought there was more to him than there was. John and Paul got carried away with the idea and blew millions, Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me - Billie Holiday - Lady Sings The Blues (CD) Ringo and I just had to go along with it. From late May to mid-Octoberthe group recorded what became The Beatlesa double LP commonly known as "the White Album" for its virtually featureless cover.
With the record, the band executed a wider range of musical styles  and broke with their recent tradition of incorporating several musical styles in one song by keeping each piece of music consistently faithful to a select genre.
Pepper had. The project's impetus came from an idea Martin attributes to McCartney, who suggested they "record an album of new material and rehearse it, then perform it before a live audience for the very first time — on record and on film". It was a time when relations between the Beatles were at their lowest ebb.
Upon returning, he threatened to leave the band unless they "abandon[ed] all talk of live performance" and instead focused on finishing a new album, initially titled Get Backusing songs recorded for the TV special. His bandmates agreed, and it was decided to salvage the footage shot for the TV production for use in a feature film. To alleviate tensions within the band and improve the quality of their live sound, Harrison invited keyboardist Billy Preston to participate in the last nine days of sessions.
New strains developed between the band members regarding the appointment of a financial adviser, the need for which had become evident without Epstein to manage business affairs. McCartney refused to sign the management contract with Klein, but he was out-voted by the other Beatles. Martin stated that he was surprised when McCartney asked him to produce another album, as the Get Back sessions had been "a miserable experience" and he had "thought it was the end of the road for all of us".
The completion and mixing of " I Want You She's So Heavy " on 20 August was the last occasion on which all four Beatles were together in the same studio. They considered a different approach to songwriting by ending the Lennon—McCartney pretence and having four compositions apiece from Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me - Billie Holiday - Lady Sings The Blues (CD) two from Starr and a lead single around Christmas.
Released on 26 September, Abbey Road sold four million copies within three months and topped the UK charts for a total of seventeen weeks. Lennon, in Denmark at the time, did not participate. McCartney was unhappy with the producer's approach and particularly dissatisfied with the lavish orchestration on " The Long and Winding Road ", which involved a fourteen-voice choir and piece instrumental ensemble. On 8 MayLet It Be was released.
McCartney filed suit for the dissolution of the Beatles' contractual partnership on 31 December Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr all released solo albums in Their solo records sometimes involved one or more of the others;  Starr's Ringo was the only album to include compositions and performances by all four ex-Beatles, albeit on separate songs. Two double-LP sets of the Beatles' greatest hits, compiled by Klein, — and —were released inat first under the Apple Records imprint.
The music and enduring fame of the Beatles were commercially exploited in various other ways, again often outside their creative control. Displeased with the production's use of his song, Harrison withdrew his permission to use it. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Banda musical film starring the Bee Gees and Peter Framptonwas a commercial failure and an "artistic fiasco", according to Ingham.
Accompanying the wave of Beatles nostalgia and persistent reunion rumours in the US during the s, several entrepreneurs made public offers to the Beatles for a reunion concert. Lennon and McCartney were watching the live broadcast at Lennon's apartment at the Dakota in New York, which was within driving distance of the NBC studio where the show was being broadcast.
The former bandmates briefly entertained the idea of going to the studio and surprising Michaels by accepting his offer, but decided not to. With Starr on drums and McCartney and his wife, Lindacontributing backing vocals, the song was released as a single in May Inthe Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fametheir first year of eligibility. Live at the BBCthe first official release of unissued Beatles performances in seventeen years, appeared in Anthology was the culmination of work begun inwhen Apple Corps director Neil Aspinalltheir former road manager and personal assistant, had started to gather material for a documentary with the working title The Long and Winding Road.
McCartney, Harrison and Starr also added new instrumental and vocal parts to songs recorded as demos by Lennon in the late s. The releases were commercially successful and the television series was viewed by an estimated million people.
The Beatles' 1a compilation album of the band's British and American number-one hits, was released on 13 November It became the fastest-selling album of all time, with 3. Harrison died from metastatic lung cancer in November The tribute event took place at the Royal Albert Hall on the first anniversary of Harrison's death.
InLet It Be Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Hrvatski Italiano Edit links. Paris Blues Hidden categories: CS1 French-language sources fr Pages using Sister project links with default search Official website not in Wikidata. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version.
Portrait of Nina Simone in concert in MorlaixFrance during Little Girl Blue. The Amazing Nina Simone. Nina Simone at Town Hall. Nina Simone at Newport. Forbidden Fruit. The song by the Submarines is pretty freaky, especially the very beginning 'Something's wrong when you re-gret things that haven't happened yet Her rotting bone Her decay I ran and I ran, I'm still running away The whole song is incredibly somber as it is, but the instrumental part in the middle that has a female voice whispering "Be quiet, big boys don't cry.
Laurie Anderson : She has some music that can qualify, much of it on her live album Home of the Brave. Most notably nightmarish are "Late Show", based on an unsettling sample of William S. Burroughs ' voice, as well as the album's rendition of "Sharkey's Night. With or without the music video. But if you listen listen to the lyrics In the background of "Harvester of Eyes" during the solo you can hear some stuttering, but it's really hard to make out what it says: I'm the harvester of eyes. The singer delivers the lyrics in a deadpan, dissonant manner, and the music video itself was filmed in a dimly lit room with the band playing, coupled with unsettling shots of an apartment building with clips of the Lead Singer just staring straight into the camera, soullessly.
At The Drive-In: Their songs are cryptic and not easily understood, but some qualify regardless of whether one understands the lyrics or not. Big Black : Every single song by them. Crass : "Nagasaki Nightmare" stands out. With its screamed lyrics and Madness Mantras about the atomic bombings in Japan and a freakish instrumental that can only be described as a mixture between Noise RockFree Jazz and Japanese folk.
The Dead Kennedys gave us some rather chilling songs. On their album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables : " Holiday in Cambodia " starts out with a bizarre, eerie guitar riff, then segues into a dark, raging song with Jello Biafra singing in a wild, unhinged voice about the brutal and all-too-real horror of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. And then begins the Madness Mantra of " Pol Pot! Towards the end of the song we get to hear the lovely sounds of rich people gagging and choking to death while screaming in terror.
Perhaps their darkest song is "The Prey," sung from the viewpoint of an Ax-Crazy stalker. Musically, it abandons their usual punk style in favor of one of the most bone chilling instrumentals in rock music.
Eventually the band has to fight off the zombies with anything at hand - guitars, beer cans, crossbows - before a mass of zombies drag the lead singer down and then graphically eat his intestines. The Fall 's "Disney's Dream Debased": Musically it's one of their more sedate songs, but it becomes haunting when you learn it's about a gruesome fatal accident that occurred on the Matterhorn at Disneyland And two members of the band, Mark E. Smith and Brix Smith, had just been on the ride themselves ten minutes earlier.
The Leather Nun: The Slow Death EP contains the heartwarming song "Slow Death", which intones over and over "90 percent burns, 55 hours to live" with some really horrific noise droning behind it.
Considering that the live version of the song guest stars Genesis P-Orridge of "Hamburger Lady" fame and Monte Cazazza, its inclusion here fits perfectly. Liars: "Broken Witch". The most bone-scrapingly unnerving song since "Revolution 9. It starts fairly disturbing, as all Liars songs do, but then it locks into a pattern, and all sounds fade out but this creepy riff and a steady, never changing drum beat.
And it goes on. And on, and on, and on. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me - Billie Holiday - Lady Sings The Blues (CD) start to get annoyed. Then you filter it out and ignore it. Then you think you hear something that wasn't there before. For almost thirty minutes. The 30 minute version from the CD is just to give you a taste of the true horror the vinyl release, which ends in a locked groove, meaning it will continue to play forever, slowly erasing itself from existence.
Or, you know, until you remember to turn it off. The Offspring : "Hammerhead. Sleep tight, kids! Orchid: An extreme punk -ish band from circaplayed music that literally sounds like nightmares. Take a listen. Pere Ubu : "Sentimental Journey". Most of The Modern Dance is creepy, thanks to the mix of Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me - Billie Holiday - Lady Sings The Blues (CD) punk, but this song in particular takes the cake.
It's just a squeaky old synthesizer and plucked bassline, overdubbed with shattering glass, audio feedback, metallic banging and scraping, and David Thomas muttering and moaning some of the strangest lyrics ever. Listen at night, and you'll become convinced there's a drunken vandal outisde your door.
The Ramones : "Teenage Lobotomy". First, there's the whole lobotomy thing, which may or may not have been caused by exposure to massive amounts of the pesticide DDT, or may have been used to control symptoms of the DDT poisoning. Then there's the implications that he's trapped in his own mind and that there's something frightening in there with him. Sweet dreams Alias: "Slow Motion People". That distorted old song at the start is only the tip of the iceberg.
To feel agaaaain that thing called paaaaain". A disturbing track about how at 7 years old, she was raped, repeatably.
Cage: "Ballad of Worms". The story of the gradual decline of his high school sweetheart due to terminal illness and the grief it causes him in the process. It's a constant contrast between the obvious love he still has for her and the ways her suffering compromises any joy that's worth. The final gut punch comes when her very last act is to try and kiss him.
She fails. He's stuck in a stack of horrific scenarios, waking up from each one, increasingly unable to be sure if he's awake or asleep to the point where he'd sooner kill himself than not know for sure. David Banner : "Play" might have an instrumental that's purely awesome, but his lyrics make the rapper look like a fucking serial rapist whispering all of the lyrics, no less.
Listen to the track, and you'll see how such depravity can be so terrifying. And every other song has references to these kinds of horrors. And this is a 19 track album. That lasts close to an hour. Add in that Danny Brown is just now breaking through at age 30, is missing his two front teeth, and makes very casual references to his actual drug abuse flaunting ecstasy in interviews, mentioning that he spent time in prison for possession with intent to distribute, etc.
Is it ironic that one of our greatest modern California mythologizers is an east coast native? The video, the first since to be directed by Lana herself, casts Father John Misty as a guru-like figure surrounded by young women who take acid and literally drink Kool-Aid. Amidst the turmoil of earlyLana Del Rey did the unthinkable: she wrote a song with no darkness, no contradictions, just love.
Alongside her peers and tourmates, the indie pop-turned-folk singer Zella Day and the baroque-pop prodigy Natalie Mering, a. Soundtracked by lush piano and strings, Lana sounds clear-eyed, lucid, as she recalls a time when her world seemed idyllic. Much of Ultraviolence is about the unavoidable call of addiction, how our brain chemistry determines our fate.
Lana Del Rey has always fantasized about two things: unconditional love, and leaving her stardom behind. Combine the two, and you get an instant classic. The song was inspired by a real-life experiencewhere Lana spent a day trawling through the California coastline to find one beach without paparazzi or onlookers.
She croons with an unnerving tenderness, reliving her emotional turnoil in the moment. The song ends on the oceanic sounds of brass, as if beckoning you to sail away on a great voyage…. Over nearly seven minutes, Lana sifts through the wreckage of a relationship.
Gone are the Hollywood references, the cinematic hip-hop production -- this is the blues, spiritual and guttural and painfully honest. As the song ends with her wails, Lana Del Rey is ready to burn down everything you thought you knew about her. Things would never be the same. With virtually no radio airplay, Lana played the role of usurper, fashioning herself as an icon through YouTube and the press -- and it worked.
First, those verses -- her voice unusually hushed, driven by gentle guitar brushstrokes and restless, skittering drums. His production, with its cavernous, chamber pop strings, is breathtaking -- and the arguably superior Dan Heath orchestral versionused in the music video, is even more immersive. Both the film and F. The music video, directed by Chris Sweeney and Sophie Muller, lets you imagine. Youth and beauty are fleeting, but the fear of loneliness is eternal.
His cool, stoic nature draws her to him, yet it keeps them distant, trapped in an illusion of love, without intimacy. Art, like love, is supposed to illuminate human nature, but some things are impossible to define. As she vamps over the outro, she ends the song with a drawn-out moan -- a wordless sigh, resigned to her fate. Lana Del Rey opens her sixth LP by walking us through her formative memories.
When she was Lizzy Grant, she dreamed of being famous. As soon as she became Lana Del Rey, she dreamed of losing it and becoming an underdog again. She never changes her mind. Co-written Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me - Billie Holiday - Lady Sings The Blues (CD) produced by Jack Antonoff, our first glimpse of Norman Fucking Rockwell has a sonic palette unlike either of their past work: dry, intimate Laurel Canyon folk, almost completely free of reverb.
Weep on her shoulder, and her embrace will be gentle. But no, Lana wanted to be a new kind of pop star, one who wrote songs for swaying American flags, chapel ceilings, queens on their throne. The song is a morbid, anthemic death pact, the kind that could only be written by a year-old with a self-proclaimed old soul.
I Touch Roses (Markus Schultz Dark Mix) - Various - Uncut 20 (CDr), Times Like These - Dan Fogelberg - The Innocent Age (Vinyl, LP, Album), Remember - Elliott / Sunday Evening Dinner Club / Kid Dynamite (3) - I Stand Alone (Vinyl), Country Boy - Shadow (11) - Columbus Lied (Cassette), Ti Prendo E Ti Porto Via - Vasco Rossi - Stupido Hotel (CD, Album), Silmä Aukeaa - Asa (3) - Asa-Foetida: Use Your Illusion III (Cassette, Album), Harder Than Ever - Venom (8) - Prime Evil (Cassette), Glory Road - Lost Trail and Native Prairie - Intersecting Lines Of Power/Native Prairie Split (Casse, Ion Square - Bloc Party - Intimacy (CD, Album), Ladies Night - The Number One Group - Number One (Vinyl, LP, Album), The More I See You - Doris Day - Doris Days Sentimental Journey (Vinyl, LP, Album), Blechblasinstrumente Und Schlaginstrumente - Various - Instrumentenkunde (Orchesterinstrumente - His, Today (i3m)