A somewhat amusing Beatles aside

Adel Gabot

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7:42AM

Beginning 12MN Chrismas Eve, The Beatles‘ entire oeuvre was made available to freely stream over most of the internet’s music services and other digital venues, and was made available for sale to most of the net’s music stores (with the exception of Google and Amazon) to be sold tinge, or song-by-song, instead of the by-album paradigm some holdout artists still insist on.

Finally! This is a great Christmas gift, as an acquiantance of mine said over Twitter, for oldies and oldies song lovers like me.

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You might remember me writing about Rubber Soul recently on this blog, and this development seems appropriate and timely in light of that. The Beatles have long been reticent and insistent that their work not be sold piecemeal, but now it seems they’ve had a change of heart.

Bravo, Apple Records! It sure took you long enough.

Oddly enough, this reminds me of an amusing incident a long time ago, when I was just beginning my career in FM radio as a disc jockey, back in DWRK-FM 96.3. (I was sidetracked into this work while waiting to get started on my dream career, which was to be a bestselling novelist.)

I took out a Beatles greatest hits album (I forget which now) and put it on the turntable and cued it to a song which I thought was Paperback Writer. Then, I went on the mic and said, “Coming up, a Beatles song that talks about what I would like to be when I grow up.”

On the other end of the commercial break, I played the song, and it turned out to be… Girl.

It took a long time for me to live that down.

 

 


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