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#1454868 - 03/15/16 07:42 PM Let's Talk About George Martin
Slabraton Offline
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George Martin died and the world hardly took notice. I don't think many music fans realize how important he was to the Beatles music.

George Martin was a lot more than a "comedy producer." He was a fine musician, a gifted arranger and set the standard for what being a producer is.

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#1460184 - 04/07/16 07:59 AM Re: Let's Talk About George Martin [Re: Slabraton]
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I'm surprised no one else has commented.
Being 63, I was 11 when my life changed over night on Feb 9 1964.
through the years I learned there were actually 5 beatles (6 if you count Epstein). They might still have made it big without Martin but the music would hardly have been the same. I mean, with Decca turning them down...undoubtedly the biggest mistake in the history of the music industry. Only Martin saw something in them. We have him to thank for their music output, just as much as the boys for coming up with it.
The reasons for Martin's success go much further than the fab four, but it was the magical music his mind created from their ideas that will last forever. My life would not be what it is if not for the beatles, with George at the helm. I only wish there had been more. Possibly not past Abbey Road but more earlier material. Their talent for coming up with the magic over and over and over again...it seemed like they tapped into a well of endless hits. Who else? No one. No one came anywhere close and still have not. All other bands of the time envied them...with respect of course. All the girls wanted them. All the boys wanted to be them. Why couldn't other bands keep up? The other bands would have a hit now and then but the ability to come up with catch tunes as often and as easily as the boys did, surely had many heads scratching. What was the formula? Why has it not been repeated?
Life in the world will never ever be the same as it was for this young teenager in the mid 60's.
Sorry, I know this was to be about George and I got carried away. But hey...don't get me started..


Edited by HARDDRlVER (04/07/16 08:02 AM)

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#1461560 - 04/15/16 06:23 PM Re: Let's Talk About George Martin [Re: HARDDRlVER]
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I supposed the reason people haven't commented is that few people understand what a producer does, let alone if they are good at it.

Imagine The Beatles with a different producer. We've seen how it worked out with Phil Spector; what if they had a hack who demanded that they keep repeating "Love Me Do?"

Instead, George Martin encouraged the Beatles to experiment and contributed a lot of innovations himself. McCartney has said that when George Martin suggested recording "Yesterday" with a string quartet, he objected saying "we're a rock band!"

Listen to those distinctive arrangements. Martin deserves to be remembered because without him the Beatles wouldn't have become what they did.

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#1467583 - 05/14/16 10:01 PM Re: Let's Talk About George Martin [Re: Slabraton]
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Yes to all that's been said. I like you, Harddriver, had my life changed on that date. I haven't said much because not many people here come to talk about the Beatles.

GM did indeed help change the world. I know intellectually that music is a lot of time and place. Whenever I listen to the early Beatles there is an emotional feeling of wonderment at the sound the melody the album art that can't be reproduced today. That's my life's sound track. Others have theirs. What can a person say about GM??? WOW!
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