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Correct. Lennon and McCartney may have aped R&B and rock 'n' roll at the start but they were quick to source their references and inspirations and galvanise them into original and groundbreaking forms that continue to permeate popular music. (And, as Berba says, that's before you get to the recording and production techniques, etc, etc...) Sure, there are some painful indulgent moments here and there but the overall, consistent high quality and sheer invention is impossible to deny.
Your point B makes it seem as though you asre suggesting that The Beatles were riding on the tails of others. But surely they were innovators more than copyists, even as they absorbed influences.
I think this is a key point. Many who followed their lead and then became The Beatles' immediate competition (so to speak) also produced work of a ridiculously high standard, so to keep themselves ahead or even abreast of your Stones, Kinks, Who, Beach Boys et al was a remarkable achievement over what is now not considered a long period of time. Where else has that happened in recent years?
this is back when there was real meaningful competition
G-Man wrote: Your point B makes it seem as though you asre suggesting that The Beatles were riding on the tails of others. But surely they were innovators more than copyists, even as they absorbed influences.
Commodore wrote: Music is a matter of personal choice, yet where the Beatles are concerned there has always been a pervasive sense in which everyone should accept that their music mattered without question.
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