The beatles. All will pass…
Primary Therapy music, bagpipe anthems, themes from Bondiana, Traveling Wilburys and Kanye West. After the collapse of The Beatles, John, Paul, George, and even Ringo did not lose their creative fervor.
Even before The Beatles collapsed, John Lennon worked with Yoko Ono, releasing three controversial albums, and performing together at concerts. In the 1970s, the Plastic Ono Band released an album “couple”: one with material from John and the other with Yoko. After the “primary therapy” with Dr. Arthur Yanov (psychotherapy, during the sessions of which clients recall the traumatic events of early childhood and the therapist encourages them to “physically” relive early resentments and wounds – ed.), John made a very personal album full of bitter moments in life, such as comments on the topic of politics (“Working Class Hero”) and worries about the death of the mother (“Mother”, “My Mummy’s Dead”). Among the catalog of cultural and spiritual values that John rejects, the line “I don’t believe in Beatles” is the very peak of Lennon’s philosophy, which has never been expressed so sharply to them.
Phil Spector was too busy to produce the music of Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, but Spector’s hand made the 1971 Imagine so easy and familiar, even with attacks on Paul McCartney in the songs “How Do You Sleep” and “Crippled Inside ” The magnificent “Jealous Guy” and the idealistic name of the song turned out to be infectious and “Imagine” became Lennon’s most beloved solo work.
After releasing several singles calling for universal justice (“Give Peace A Chance”, “Power To The People”), in 1971, John and Yoko moved to New York and settled in Greenwich Village. The politically charged third solo album, “Some Time In New York City” also turned out to be somewhat burdened by Yoko Ono’s songs and vocals. The title track on 1973’s Mind Games turned out to be one of the most insightful solo singles, as well as the One Day (At A Time) inspired by the 20s. The 18-month separation of John and Yoko inspired the first to the soulful and emotional Walls & Bridges.
A lawsuit about plagiarizing a guitar riff in the famous “Come Together” by lawyer Chuck Berry led to the release in 1975 of an entire cover album called “Rock ‘N’ Roll”, and Lennon reunited with Yoko. In the 1980 compilation Double Fantasy, John rediscovered his writing talent, but he was soon shot dead near his home at the age of 40.
Paul McCartney’s strong desire to record a solo record was one of the reasons that led The Beatles to disintegrate, however, when “McCartney”, played exclusively by Paul, was released in 1970, half of the disc sounded like it was The Beatles album. “Every Night”, “Junk” and “Maybe I’m Amazed” were inspired by the same thing as “contributions” McCartney for “Abbey Road” or “The White Album”, but still Paul was not able to make each song on ” McCartney’s smash hit.
McCartney’s solo career literally took off after the formation of Wings and the release of the incredibly successful album “Band On The Run” in 1973, thanks to hits “Let Me Roll It”, “Jet”, as well as the title track of the album. After that, in 1977, Paul introduced “Mull Of Kintyre”, which became the best-selling single in the United Kingdom (before the project “Band Aid” in 1984).
After a short experiment with synth pop music, Paul returns with McCartney II. The most successful tracks were Temporary Secretary and Coming Up, while the latter reached the top of the charts in the USA. However, Paul spent most of the 1980s with the title “King of Duets.” “Ebony And Ivory” with Stevie Wonder and “Say, Say, Say” with Michael Jackson. McCartney co-authored the classic hits Veronica, My Brave Face, That Day Is Done and You Want Her Too with Elvis Costello.
Longevity is a changing lover, even for Mozart, his age, whose music will last for centuries. It has been a long time since Paul’s albums were real masterpieces, but he still doesn’t cease to develop and surprise us all: the electronic duet “The Fireman”, together with Martin Glover, known under the pseudonym Youth; a whole bunch of producers who rejuvenated the sound of the new album “New”, as if it was not the work of a 70-year-old veteran, but a musician who is one third younger than this age; and on top of that, working with Kanye West on “FourFive Seconds” and “Only One.” One could even argue that Mack is now more interesting than he ever was since The Beatles.
Like Lennon, George Harrison began releasing solo records before the band collapsed, starting with 1968 Wonderwall Music, and a year later there was an experimental Electronic Sound. However, the album “All Things Must Pass” became truly legendary. Truly magical work has elevated Harrison’s reputation as a songwriter to the level of Lennon and McCartney. The immortal “My Sweet Lord” gave Harrison the first position on the British chart, which had never happened to him before.