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Old 05-08-2010, 10:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The Beatles vs The Beach Boys

Who would you pick as the best band musically, not the most popular? The Beatles, or The Beach Boys,
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Old 05-09-2010, 02:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No contest. The Beatles ofcourse.

While I do like some of the BB's work it really doesn't stand up as consistantly on an album to album basis, great harmonies though.
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Old 05-09-2010, 03:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah...

This is the ultimate no-brainer: Beatles, hands-down.

Sure, the Beach Boys had some good singles (and some good vibrations - sorry; couldn't resist) and even a couple really awesome LPs...but they can't touch the Beatles.

From a musical standpoint alone - I mean, Sgt. Pepper made Brian Wilson have a nervous breakdown...

He held steady in the bubblegum days, but when the sh*t got deep, Bri-Bri went to his sand box. And the Beach Boys were kaput.

The Beatles on the other hand, had John Lennon going completely off the deep end in the late 60's, but were able to hold it together, because there were two other amazing writers in the band.

The Beach Boys hired Van **** Parks to wrote lyrics for them and had session cats on every single record from day one.

The Beatles were four multi-instrumentalists who wrote amazing songs and played almost every single instrument on almost every record themselves (notable exceptions being Andy White's drumming on the first take of Love Me Do, and the orchestra on Elenor Rigby.)

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I can't believe it's even a question in your mind.
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Abstain I love them both but if The Beach Boys had quit 10 years earlier they would win.
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Old 05-09-2010, 09:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Both are great and both bands had unique talents that worked for them. The Beach Boys had the ability to harmonize beautifully while the Beatles wrote complex instrumental parts. The Beatles always had more intricate bass lines, as Paul McCartney was (and still is) more competent than Brian Wilson was on the bass guitar. Also, the early music of both bands grew out of two completely different genres. The Beach Boys were more influenced by California surf music of the late 50's/early 60's, while the Beatles were heavily influenced by the DIY skiffle music that was popular among the working class people in England.
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Both are great and both bands had unique talents that worked for them. The Beach Boys had the ability to harmonize beautifully while the Beatles wrote complex instrumental parts. The Beatles always had more intricate bass lines, as Paul McCartney was (and still is) more competent than Brian Wilson was on the bass guitar. Also, the early music of both bands grew out of two completely different genres. The Beach Boys were more influenced by California surf music of the late 50's/early 60's, while the Beatles were heavily influenced by the DIY skiffle music that was popular among the working class people in England.
I like your short review on the subject, I dont know if I agree that McCartney is all that more competent on bass guitar than Wilson was, I always thought McCartney was a little overrated as an accomplished bass player in my book when holding in consideration to the level of talented bassist from that era, Although..I will admit that I may be a little bias with my opinion, since I almost always support the 'underdog'. I have a friend from Iowa that thinks George Harrison is it! when it comes to guitarist, and I really respect this guys opinion, hell he is an unknown muti talented artist in his own right, the only point I am trying to suggest is, I just dont believe that the Beatles were all that much more talented as musicians, when compared to the musical talent of the Beach Boys, I will conclude that the Beatles had Mccartney & Lennon both on the same team which is the only real advantage the Beatles did have over the BBs. I would have to hear more detailed facts about the music & history of these two bands before I could state an honest opinion myself. Realisticly...I would not be surprised if the Beatles are the most talented, Its just something I will have to find out for myself when the time permits itself for me to be able to review the subject. Whos albums are listend to the most by the masses, who gets the most airtime & play, I suggest a 'Tie' between both bands, The Beatles cant win by Hands Down, or by the phrase- "I cant believe its even a question in your mind" -statement, What are some of the statictics, facts and of course personal opinions as always, All is open for debate

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Old 05-10-2010, 08:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The Beatles > The Beach Boys
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Beach Boys, easily. Simply better pop songs and the only band of the two with an album that I can actually enjoy from beginning to end.
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Here is another opinion that suggest the Beach Boys are better also, (I stole the post from the Beach Boys thread, thats not cheating is it)?--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Listening to Pet Sounds now for the first time. I'm getting the same reaction that I think anyone my age who only new them as "Surfin USA" and their other beach surf songs, which is "Wow these guys are not **** like I had previously thought they were, in fact, they are pretty damn good".

As for Pet Sounds vs Sgt Peppers, I would go with Pet Sounds. However, Sgt Peppers imo is The Beatles weakest work, post Hard Days Night.
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Beach boys. Pet Sounds it, to put simply, amazing. Paul of the beatles even admits Pet Sounds is his favorite album ever and was a HUGE influence for sgt. Peppers. Paul will admit Pet Sounds was a better album too
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