The Diamond
The Beatles - 1

By: Theon Weber

Posted 08/28/2007 - 09:08:58 AM by markrushton:
 The Beatles were THE premier singles band. Always were, until the end. Their stab at an album concept (Sgt Pepper) fell apart after two songs, but that's OK. Both greatest hits albums 1962-1966 (The Red Album) and 1967-1970 (The Blue Album) are certified Diamond. Considering that sales within the music industry over the past several years have been sliding back towards favoring a singles model again thanks to the pay download, it's only fitting that Beatles 1 also got a Diamond.
Posted 08/28/2007 - 09:29:33 AM by smwynne:
 Starting from around 1996 through to 1999 I literally didn't listen to anything but the Beatles, and loved every moment of it. The Beatles were responsible for instilling an all powerful love of music in me, they were the reason I picked up a guitar, they were playing when I lost my virginity. To me, the Beatles will always be the best band ever, and my personal favorite. The songs are in my bones now, a part of me.
Posted 08/28/2007 - 10:17:41 AM by knockturn:
 Revolver. Rubber Soul. White Album. more than a singles band.
Posted 08/28/2007 - 01:23:13 PM by coldacre:
 second side of Abbey Road?
Posted 08/28/2007 - 04:44:22 PM by mirakle:
 I'm around the same age--Beatles 1 was the soundtrack to middle school. That and Sgt. Pepper. There's an article somewhere on this site that suggests the 3 albums everyone of their generation owns are OK Computer, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, and The Beatles (White Album). Replace the white album with 1 and you might even be right.
Posted 08/28/2007 - 05:14:06 PM by drhuxtable:
 //Like a lot of middle-schoolers on Christmas vacation in 2000, I received 1 in matching wrapping-paper from a hopeful mother who immediately insisted that I put it on. It's easy to forget that this site is maintained by people who are barely more than children. Which makes the effort to dig into music written before you were even a twinkle in the mailman's eye that much more impressive. Mark Rushton - your dismissal of Sgt Peppers is arrogant, ill-informed and possibly a sad attempt to justify the fact that you prefer the Greatest Hits collections over the actual albums. Smwynne - Too much info. Mirakle - Suggesting that people across an entire generation own a Neutral Milk Hotel is unfortunately giving them too much The 3 albums that most people (outside the bastion of good taste indicated by your suggestions) aged, say, 20 are likely to own (and I'm only guessing here, being an old fart) are probably Chocolate Starfish and the Hot-dog Flavoured Water, The Marshall Mathers LP and some rubbish by Nickelback or Hoobastank or one of those other bewilderingly popular bands, just like the albums everyone my age owns are All Eyez On Me, Ten and the f*cking Eighies Collection.
Posted 08/28/2007 - 09:27:00 PM by mirakle:
 drhuxtable, you're probably right about the masses. I found the article: I remembered the albums right but not the demographic.
Posted 08/29/2007 - 11:09:01 AM by syurix:
 I will agree that the "concept" aspect of Pepper falls apart. However, that aside, "Day in the Life" still gives me chills. My Beatle years were 12-15 (96-99... dates self), with the peaks probably coming at either end. I did two different social studies fair projects on them. I need to start listening to them again.
Posted 08/29/2007 - 08:25:02 PM by drhuxtable:
 Further to my typo-riddled comment, and in the interests of full disclosure, 2000 was my third year of university. I'm not that much older, but feel like I'm still a teenager and always surprised when reading a review which indicates that the author is the better part of a decade younger.
Posted 09/11/2007 - 12:28:33 PM by lunaharpua:
 I'm kinda old by now (33), but I love hearing the young-uns get into the Beatles. Love the reaction, b/c it's usually the same as mine when I was wee -- shock, elation, flabbergastion. The great thing about repackaging the band is being able to hear each song in a new context as you get older and buy the individual albums. I started on the "Blue" compilation back in the early eighties, so I knew, for example, that of course Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds was followed by A Day In the Life. Now, listening to the songs in their original context, I hear them in a completely new way. Of course, that's the same with any band with a greatest hits thing, but the Beatles catalog was so friggin DEEP that I'm still discovering things anew. Thanks for the article -- loved it.