I am not ashamed to say that as a teen I was the consummate music nerd.
On weekend nights, I would go to long-gone chain stores like Bowers, J.M. Fields, Gibson’s and even Sky City (no, not the club) along with my weekly trips to Home Folks and the record bar at H.L. Green’s.
I would scour their inventories looking for rare albums and singles that seemed so very mysterious to me. Sure, I knew the title of a song, but what did it sound like?
As for my love of all things Beatles, I or my friends had most if not everything released by the Fab Four in various mono and stereo mixes. There were distinct differences in those mixes, which made the hunt even more fun.
I would even listen to just one channel on my RCA stereo so I could hear things like just John, Paul, and George singing Nowhere Man in glorious a cappella 3-part harmony out of just one speaker!
Even more exciting were the first two U.S. Beatles albums Introducing the Beatles and Meet the Beatles! as on most every song the vocals were in one speaker while the instruments in another. I could sing while they played, which for me was absolute Nirvana!
Gee, it’s no wonder I couldn’t get many dates. Hmm …
I WASN’T ALONE DEPT. Happily, there are now Beatles scholars like Scott Freiman, a Yale and New York University grad who has put together a terrific series called Deconstructing the Beatles that debuts at the Imperial Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30.
The four-part series will begin that night with Revolver, the album that paved the way for the complete musical reinvention of the Beatles as it was the album that preceded Sgt. Pepper.
In the films, you will hear anecdotes about the songs and see demonstrations about the quirky time signatures and key changes in addition to seeing many of the original lyrics sheets from the Fabs. Even die-hard Beatles fans will learn and hear things they never knew.
“I try to explain why the Beatles changed and who was making them change” said Freiman. “The Beatles were the start of everything.”
The series won’t stop at Revolver as it will pick up again after Masters Week with Sgt. Pepper on April 20, Rubber Soul on April 27 and The White Album on May 4.
Tickets are only $10 each and there will be drink specials, too.
It’s an all-ages affair that musicians and families will enjoy and besides, there’s nothing like seeing a movie at the “Incredible Imperial!”