Sunday morning and the home is filled with the sounds of Lennon and co. Much has been written about their innovation, incredible melodies, and legend. But what I’m really admiring today is their phenomenally good musicianship, i.e., those essential ingredients of groove, precision, and intonation. It reminds me, too, that there was a time when bands actually tracked “live to tape”; the era before overdubs, auto-tune, and click-tracks transformed session work into the quilt of musical half-truths that it is today.

The Beatles released around 212 songs, all of which I happily possess (ripped from CD, because of course you still can’t buy digital downloads of their catalog).

By the way, if you don’t have Past Masters, it’s a must-have. Early songs, outtakes, etc.

P.S. Happy 70th, Ringo!