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George Martin and the Beatles

John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Martin, George Harrison and Paul McCartney

George Martin is seated here symbolically and fittingly in the center of the Beatles

Best to view the oeuvre of the Beatles as one comprehensive work given how they never surpassed early efforts like "I Want To Hold Your Hand," each of their "periods" presenting unique virtues. That said, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is my absolute favorite, though I love "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You," also with George singing lead vocals, just about as much, again reinforcing the equal aesthetic valuations of their output irrespective of chronology in time.

Remastering the albums of the Beatles removes the finalized spark of perfection bestowed by the fifth Beatle, George Martin, his overseeing epiphanic perspective being the straw that mixed the band's timeless ambrosial nectar, including drawing upon his awareness and expertise with Western classical music, and comedy, too, assisting with adding essential dashes of hasya rasa spice at opportune times.

Will always treasure a personal letter George Martin sent me from England explaining the various projects he was currently involved with.

- Michael Robinson, September 2020, Los Angeles


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Michael Robinson is a Los Angeles-based composer and writer (musicologist).