The Beatles And The Beach Boys Analysis

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The Beatles and The Beach Boys are two well know bands from the 1960’s. The Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The Beach Boys’ album Pet Sounds were both monumental albums for the bands, in terms of trying something completely different from their normal sound. Although both Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Pet Sounds were highly praised and innovative albums for their time. I liked Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band better. I found Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to have an upbeat feel and Pet Sounds to have a depressing feel. Although neither would be on my list of favorite albums I struggled to find much I liked about Pet Sounds.
Both bands were at a point in their careers that they wanted to try something
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Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The Beach Boys’ album Pet Sounds began experimenting with different types of sounds. The Beatles’ song “Within You Without You” brings the sound of a sitar. The sitar is a long string instrument that is popular in West India. George Harrison had previously played the sitar on “Norwegian Wood” from their Rubber Soul album, but “Within You Without You” took it further. The sitar was used along with traditional indian music to create a sound unlike anything The Beatles were known for. The Beach Boys used different instruments too, including a theremin on “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times”. The theremin is a device that produces two high frequency circuits. By moving a hand or object through the circuit it causes the audible frequency to change. The Beach Boys also used a 12 string guitar on their song “Sloop John …show more content…
Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band had a happy and positive feeling. “When I’m Sixty-Four” is a song about a man growing old with his lady. He wants to know if she will still be with him when he is sixty-four. “Will you still be sending me a valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine?” “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?” (The Beatles). Although it is a song questioning the strength of a relationship the upbeat tune makes me love the song. “With A Little Help From My Friends” is a song that could have had a completely different feel to it if Brian Wilson had wrote it instead of Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Think about it would you get the same happy vibe about the man in the song having good friends to help him through the times he is away from his girl if Brian Wilson had wrote it? Or do you think you would get more of a sad feeling that this poor man only has his friends to help him out when he really just wants to be with his

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