One thing I’ve always found intriguing about the career of The Beatles is how quickly it all happened. Love Me Do was released in 1962, and Let It Be was released in 1970. That’s a measley eight years. And since Love Me Do was the only single they released in 1962, in reality we’re looking at seven years.
For a long time I’ve been thinking, what would it have felt like to experience that musical career as it unfolded in real time? Well, since we’re currently exactly 50 years on since it all started, it seemed like a good opportunity to give it a go.
So starting from the 5 October last year (50 years on from the original release), I added Love Me Do to the playlist I’m currently listening to, and I’ve followed on with Please Please Me (the single), and the full Please Please Me album (which was released 50 years ago today, as it happens).
Clearly I’ve heard all this music before, but it’s an interesting experience to be limited to just the music The Beatles had released by now 50 years ago, and I’m hoping that as I continue this over the next 7 years, I’ll get a better insight into what it was like to discover The Beatles’s music, as the band discovered it themselves and released it into the world.
If you want to follow along, follow me on Twitter, since I’ll announce what I’m adding to my playlist on there.