Bibliotherapy Jukebox: The Beatles' Black Album

"The best of John, Paul, George, and Ringo's solo work, post-BEATLES. Basically I've put the band back together for you [in the Black Album].

There's this thing that happens when you listen to too much of the solo stuff separately — too much Lennon: suddenly there's a little too much self-involvement in the room; too much Paul and it can become sentimental — let's face it, borderline goofy; too much George: I mean, we all have our spiritual side but it's only interesting for about six minutes, ya know? Ringo: He's funny, irreverent, and cool, but he can't sing — he had a bunch of hits in the '70s (even more than Lennon) but you aren't gonna go home and crank up a Ringo Starr album start to finish, you're just not gonna do that.

When you mix up their work, though, when you put them side by side and let them flow — they elevate each other, and you start to hear it:
T H E B E A T L E S.

Just listen to the whole CD, OK?" ~ Ethan Hawke


Check out the full liner notes and the tracklist from a spectacular birthday gift for his son in Richard Linklater's underrated classic, Boyhood over here in this Buzzfeed article penned by Ethan himself.

"With the BLACK ALBUM, we get to hear the boys write on adult life: marriage, fatherhood, sobriety, spiritual yearning, the emptiness of material success — "Starting Over," "Maybe I'm Amazed," "Beautiful Boy," "The No No Song," "God"

— and still they are keenly aware of this fact: Love does not last." ~ Ethan Hawke

51 songs - 3 hours, 17 minutes...

Don't Skip!

"In 2002, Richard Linklater cast a six year old boy. Over the next twelve years, they made film history." ~ Boyhood Trailer

"This beautiful, mysterious movie is a time-lapse study of Mason, growing up from around the age of five to 18, from primary school to his first day in college." ~ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Buy or Rent on Youtube...

Personal Favourite Tracks: Beatle-wise
round one - october 2020

John Lennon - "(Just Like) Starting Over"

"Why don't we take off alone... Take a trip somewhere far, far away..."

Paul McCartney - "Every Night"

"Every morning brings a new day... And every night that day is through..."

George Harrison, "All Things Must Pass"

"Sunset doesn't last all evening... A mind can blow those clouds away..."

Ringo Starr, "It Don't Come Easy"

"Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues... And you know it don't come easy..."


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