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    Jones had an interview recently where among other things he said the beatles were lousy musicians , and specifically called out Ringo and McCartney

    So I was thinking....were they? Is it possible they had great voices, and wrote great songs, and had great producers doing their records.....but the musicianship itself wasnt their strong suit?

    I never thought of it that way but maybe its possible.

    McCartney could sure write songs, and he had a rubber voice that could handle alot of ranges. But I dont know enough musically to say he was a great bassist. Same for Lennon, and Harrison although with less vocal range than mccartney

    I am sure there are bands that never made it or only made it minimally who had great guitarists/drummers but not the vocals or the song writing abilities. So to get the entire package can be hard.

    I never heard "experts" glow over the instrument playing abilities like they do with Clapton, or Hendrix, or Bonham or Baker.

    so maybe it wasnt a shocking opinion by someone more knowledgeable than me.

    Because of their great success together and individually I never thought of this....as their other aspects sort of blinded me. But it could be a fact.

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    I'd heard comments in the past that Ringo was a lousy drummer, but this is the first I'd heard of the others being sub-par.

    Clearly The Beatles fame was a mixture of good timing, good song-writing / craftsmanship, and George Martin, innovator extraordinaire.
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    yeah, I think George Martin was to the beatles as todd rundgrin was to meatloaf.

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    I have a couple of Todd's LP's, and they're both very good.

    I especilally like his double LP "Something/Anything."

    It has my favorite song from my senior year in high school "Hello It's Me."
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    I just heard that song again on the radio about a week ago, and it hit me that the song really featured his voice. Very simple background orchestration. His voice carried the piece of work unlike most music of that time.

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