BEATLESQUE GROUPS List, Version 1.0 1 March 1994 compiled by Robert Berry Copyright 1994 by Robert Berry--No unauthorized use permitted Updated and modified March 1995 by Ed Chen. -------------------------------------------------------------
So what do you listen to after you've played all the Beatles CDs back to back and still find yourself hungry for more? Well, play them again, of course. Eventually, though, you may find yourself wondering if there isn't still somebody making music in the style of the Beatles. This file is a list of such artists, compiled from recommendations made by readers of rec.music.beatles and from my own favorites.
It's worth saying that it is unfair to pigeonhole any artist as merely derivative of the Beatles' sound. Each artist on this list (with the possible exception of the Rutles :-) possesses a unique talent worthy of recognition.
Nonetheless, the Beatles created a style of musical expression that did not disappear in 1970. Difficult to define precisely, the genre's features include a strong sense of melody; a focus on vocals and vocal harmony; eclecticism and variety in both arrangement and song construction; top-notch songwriting; and tight, clean production.
But there is tremendous variation within the genre. This list isn't intended to name Beatles "sound-alikes"; it is instead intended to complete the sentence, "If you like the Beatles, you might like..."
I have not heard all of the artists listed here. For those I have heard, I've included a brief summary of my impressions, based solely upon my own listening; needless to say, these opinions are mine alone.
I've also included the names of many artists that have been recommended to me, but whom I have not yet heard. For these, I've marked the entries with an asterisk, and in most case included no additional remarks. This file is my CD shopping list, and as I hear more of these artists, I'll add new information.
If you have additional recommendations or information you think should be included, please write to Robert Berry, email@example.com.
And now, in alphabetical order...
Several of the groups listed here are independent bands without major-label record deals. Following is information on how to obtain their recordings.
Need I say it? I have no affiliation with any of the artists listed in this file. All information is to the best of my knowledge, but I make NO guarantees of accuracy. Opinions are mine and are therefore immediately suspect.
The following people are among those who made recommendations that are listed herein. There were many others whose recommendations (but not their names) were scrawled on Post-It Notes. Thanks to all of those who have given recommendations, and apologies to those whose names I didn't keep up with.