10 most underrated beatles songs

Top 10 Most Underrated Beatles Songs

Top 10 Most Underrated Beatles Songs

Over the next few months, I’ll be writing a series of articles about underrated songs, bands and albums. And what better band to start with than the Beatles? Step right this way, and check out the 10 Most Underrated Beatles Songs.

Of course, since we’re talking about the most popular rock group of all time, defining “underrated” can be a little tricky. Most Beatle songs are pretty well-known, especially when it comes to singles and radio staples. I tried to avoid listing some of the Beatles’ more beloved album tracks, because though some casual fans may not be familiar with them, most fans rate them just fine (‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’, ‘Norwegian Wood’, ‘In My Life’, etc.)

Before the Beatles came along, most albums contained a few singles and a lot of filler. The Beatles were one of the first groups to treat each album as a single artistic work.

So there are quite a few album tracks and b-sides worth exploring. And it was definitely hard work cutting down this list to only 10 songs. (more…)

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I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir – Rock n’ Roll Book Review

Rock Music Book Review: I Am Brian Wilson

i am brian wilson book reviewIn October 2016, Brian Wilson released his autobiography, I Am Brian Wilson. It’s a fascinating read, as Brian has led a fascinating life.

The book’s rambling narrative frequently jumps back-and-forth through time, providing the reader with a meandering but strong sense of Brian’s voice.

He reflects on many of the key events and people in his life with a combination of childlike wonder and world-weary survival.

If you’re a big fan of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, this book is a must-read.

But even casual fans will find it worth their time, as will anyone who love sixties music or musician bios in general. (more…)

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Best Acoustic Guitar Under $500 (2017) – 5 Great Options

5 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $500

best acoustic guitar under 500What is the best acoustic guitar under $500? In this article, you’ll learn about 5 acoustic guitars that all sound great, are well-built, and provide excellent value for the money.

Certainly there is no shortage of guitars on the market these days, found in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and made with a variety of features and different types of wood.

As a result, narrowing down the options can get a bit confusing.

The good news is that guitar manufacturers have figured out how to make high-quality guitars at very reasonable prices.

Which means you can definitely get an awesome acoustic guitar for under $500. And in my opinion, you really don’t need to spend more than that, unless you’re an advanced guitarist looking for a very specific sound, feature or type of guitar. (more…)

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Let There Be Rock – The 35 Best Rock Songs of 2016

35 Best Rock Songs – 2016

best rock songs 2016

2016, we hardly knew ya. But we heard you loud and clear.

It certainly seems like this year went by faster than ever. It was pretty rough on music too, as we lost way too many musical icons. Prince, David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Leon Russell, Leonard Cohen … just to name a few.

But it was an interesting year for new music.

The pop world is currently dominated by a few talented artists, and a lot of fluff. But hasn’t that always been the case?

There may not be a whole bunch of new rock n’ roll superstars on the scene, but rich and diverse rock music keeps coming out. Between YouTube and iTunes and some great music streaming services, it’s never been easier for musicians to get their music out there. Though it’s not always so easy for it to be heard through the whirlwind of distractions at our disposal.

I listened to songs from all kinds of musical styles & genres in search of quality, and compiled a list of the 35 Best Rock Songs of 2016.

There’s some great stuff here, and it’s time to shine a spotlight on the musicians who rocked 2016 the most.  (more…)

who was the 5th beatle

Who Was the 5th Beatle?

fab fourYou may have heard something by now about this little rock group from Liverpool, England called The Beatles. Apparently they caused quite a stir.

The band members are often referred to as the Fab Four: John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Seems like the whole world has been on a first-name basis with these 4 moptops since the sixties, and they were all essential members of the band in terms of both musicality and personality.

But over the years, there’s been an ongoing discussion among many Beatles fans, as to who should be known as the 5th Beatle. (more…)

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11 Amazing Facts About the Monkees

monkees factsThe Monkees TV show debuted on NBC the evening of September 12, 1966. It’s now 50 years later, and the Monkees are as popular as ever.

The 4 band members shared a chemistry together that simply cannot be replicated, and they’ve re-grouped in various formations over the years for tours, albums, and other assorted projects.

Sadly, Davy Jones passed away in 2012, but Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork are still going strong. (more…)

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Best Acoustic Guitar Under $1000 (2017) – 4 Premium Stunners

Best Acoustic Guitar Under $1000 in 2017

best acoustic guitar under 1000If you’re looking for the best acoustic guitar under $1000, expectations are understandably going to be high. Because these days, you can get a damn good guitar for a very reasonable price.

For a guitar to make a list like this, it needs to have high-end sound and build quality, and premium features. You can spend up for quality, but you should also look for value.

One key ingredient to look for is the use of solid wood for not only the guitar top, but the back and sides as well. Unlike laminate, the sound produced by solid wood guitars (especially the top) will continue to improve as the wood matures.

Although, there are notable exceptions to this rule, and some superstar all-solid-wood models are still priced above $1000. (more…)

Best Beginner Guitar – The Ultimate Acoustic & Electric Buyers Guide

Best Beginner Guitar – The Ultimate Buyers Guide

best beginner guitarSo you’re thinking of buying a guitar. And you’re looking for information on how to choose the best beginner guitar.

Maybe you’re thinking about finally learning how to play. Or planning to get back into it after some time away.

Perhaps you’re shopping for someone else, your significant other, a kid, a friend or relative. Or just looking for recommendations on a good entry-level acoustic or electric guitar.

Whatever your reason, congrats on making a great decision! Learning to play a musical instrument can be extremely rewarding.

But there’s so much information out there to sort through, it can get overwhelming.

In this article, you’ll learn about the key factors to consider when narrowing down your options. And I’ll make a few suggestions on what I believe are top candidates for the title of best beginner guitar.

Don’t worry – we’ll figure this out together.

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Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Review (2017): FG800 and 800 Series – Domo Arigato

Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Overview – Yamaha FG800 Review (+ Full 800 Series)

yamaha fg800 reviewIf you’re looking for a Yamaha acoustic guitar, the Yamaha FG800 should be on your radar.

You’ll learn why it’s such a great value in this Yamaha FG800 review, offering excellent sound, tone and build quality. I’ll also provide detailed information about the full 800 Series, and the recent changes made to the Yamaha acoustic guitar sound.

Their acoustic guitars have been a popular choice by beginner and intermediate guitarists for many years.

The Yamaha 800 Series was released in early 2016 to replace their 700 Series of acoustic guitars.

And the FG800 is the direct replacement for the top-selling Yamaha FG700s, with a similar look, feel, sound and build.

However, some interesting upgrades were made.

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jasmine s35 acoustic guitar

Jasmine s35 Acoustic Guitar Review – It’s All About the Benjamins

Jasmine s35 Review

jasmine s35 reviewWould you be interested in an acoustic guitar that sounds good and has a ridiculously low price? In this Jasmine s35 review, you’ll learn about a budget acoustic that checks off both of these boxes.

Because there are so many ways to spend your hard-earned money, and sometimes you just want a guitar that doesn’t suck.

The Jasmine s35 is light, attractive, and easy to play. It’s a full size acoustic dreadnought (the most popular guitar shape for decades), and was originally designed by the popular Japanese guitar manufacturer Takamine.

It has a rich, bold tone, balanced sound, and plays pretty loud.

And I think it’s a pretty good deal.

I’ll also take a look at the Jasmine s34c, a similar guitar with a grand-orchestra style body and cutaway.

There are better guitars out there, but if keeping the cost low is important to you, the S35 is definitely worth a look.

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